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Each year the North American Meat Institute in conjunction with the Foundation for Meat & Poultry Research & Education, conducts a series of annual conferences and educational workshops to meet the needs of our membership, the meat industry and their retail and food service customers.

This includes annual education conferences, topical workshops, award programs, Board of Directors & committee meetings and an annual trade show. Every event is an opportunity for industry processors, suppliers and press to learn, network and take back valuable solutions for their company and professional development.

We are fully committed to the health and safety of everyone who attends our events. We are following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and state and local governments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and will provide regular updates to all stakeholders as the situation warrants. If you have any questions regarding an upcoming event, please contact our meetings staff at registration@meatinstitute.org.

Upcoming Events


Center of the Plate

July 12-14, 2022
College Station, TX

Center of the Plate Training® is a three-day course designed to teach you the fundamentals of meat specifications by giving you a first-hand look at how carcasses are converted to cuts commonly used in retail and foodservice. It’s a lively learning experience that includes a detailed cutting demonstration of all the major center of the plate protein items: beef, veal, lamb, and pork, as well as sections on poultry, processed meats, and nutrition. You’ll come away with an increased knowledge of center of the plate items and your personal copy of the Meat Buyer’s Guide®; for over 40 years, the authoritative Guide to meat and poultry identification. Registration opening soon.

Building a Better Burger

July 14, 2022 | 1:00 PM ET

With billions of burgers being served up annually in the U.S. alone, there’s no denying that the classic hamburger is one of the world's most popular foods, and meat processors are dedicated to developing the perfect burger for their customers. This webinar will cover the biggest consumer trends in the burger market and then discuss how the variables controlled by meat processing companies contribute to building a better burger. From raw materials and preparation to grinding and forming, learn what factors you should be considering to produce the best product. Attendees will also hear a case study in new product development that will showcase the troubleshooting and solutions found in burger product development.

Ensure a Sustainable Food Future: How Planning Optimization Reduces Waste and Improves Profitability

July 19, 2022 | 1:00 PM ET

Through the Protein PACT for the People, Animals and Climate of Tomorrow, the animal protein industry is working to create a sustainable food future through a commitment to continuous improvement in areas most important to earning greater trust from customers and consumers. How do protein companies get on the path to a sustainable future? Supply chain transparency and data sharing from farm to fork are key elements of a strong program, and having the right tools in place to meet sustainability goals, including food safety and reduced waste, will continue to become more essential for protein businesses to succeed. Join us for a discussion with Michael Sanden of Harris Ranch Beef Co., as he reveals how they optimize their planning through technology, enabling a more sustainable food future.


Meat Industry Food Safety Conference

August 24-25, 2022
Kansas City, MO

As the premier event covering all aspects of food safety in the meat industry, the Meat Industry Food Safety Conference will provide expert instruction, sharing of best practices, research updates, and much more! This year's event will deliver a comprehensive program on the most critical food safety-related topics and plenty of time for networking and discussion. Topics to be addressed include Salmonella virulence and prevalence, whole-genome sequencing, antimicrobial interventions, bio mapping, sanitation, recall prevention, and employee engagement.


Animal Care and Handling Conference

September 13-14, 2022
Kansas City, MO

Wholesome meat and poultry start with raising healthy animals and providing the most humane care throughout their life cycle. This year's Animal Care and Handling Conference will continue to provide expert instruction on a range of topics affecting meat and poultry processing companies by addressing key strategies for improvement in animal care and handling. Make plans to join leading academic and industry experts September 13–14 in Kansas City.


Protein Pact 2022 Summit

October 13-14, 2022
Orlando, FL



International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

January 24 – January 26, 2023
Atlanta, GA

Annual Meat Conference

March 6-8, 2023
Dallas, TX

Protein Pact 2023 Summit

October 5-6, 2023
San Diego, CA


International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

January 30 – February 1, 2024
Atlanta, GA

Annual Meat Conference

March 18-20, 2024
Nashville, TN


International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

January 28 – January 30, 2025
Atlanta, GA


NAMI will schedule webinars at regular intervals that will focus on either 1) time-sensitive information, or  2) topics of interest to small and very small members who may not have the necessary resources to attend in-person events.


NAMI and Foundation for Meat & Poultry Research & Education will continue to provide annual conventions, conferences, and webinars for all segments of the membership and develop special workshops, seminars and other programs to meet needs as they arise.