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Center of the Plate Training

Increase Your Knowledge of Meat Cuts and Specifications

June 18-20, 2019
Aloft College Station
College Station, TX

Schedule and Speakers

Sponsorship Rate Card

For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities please contact Jim Goldberg at 202-587-4206 or jgoldberg@meatinstitute.org

Learn the Fundamentals of Meat Specifications

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 and processed meats. 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.

What you will learn from this course:

  • The IMPS numbering system, purchasing options, and a knowledge of the meat items as described by the eighth edition Meat Buyers Guide.
  • How standards keep products consistent, wholesome, and fair throughout the market.
  • Common defects or inconsistencies in meat products that you should look for to prevent dissatisfied customers.
  • How value is determined for meat products and how it is affected by quality parameters.
  • The latest meat cuts, including previously undervalued muscles.

Who Should Attend:

This class will benefit anyone involved in the buying and selling of meat products- from meat processors to foodservice distributors to retailers and restaurants. Class information can benefit purchasing agents, sales team, product development personnel and others looking to increase their knowledge of meat cuts and specifications.


Hotel Details:

Host Hotel: Aloft College Station
1150 University Drive East
College Station, TX 77840
Phone: 979-704-6400

For online booking in the block, click here.
Use Group Code: Center of the Plate Workshop

Hotel rates start at $109/night*
*Room rate includes one complimentary breakfast per room, per morning.


NOTE: The host hotel is now full. There is availability at the Hyatt Place College Station, which is adjacent to the Aloft. Details below:

Hyatt Place College Station
1100 University Drive East
College Station, Texas, 77840
Phone: 979-846-9800


Texas A&M University is located in College Station, Texas, about 60 miles north of Houston. Continental and American Airlines fly into College Station. The Aloft Hotel will provide an airport shuttle at designated pick-up and drop off­ times. Taxi and ride share services are also available. Transportation will be provided between the Aloft Hotel and workshop activities.

Other airport options:

By car, Houston George Bush is 1 1/2 hours; Houston Hobby is 2 hours; Austin/Bergstrom is 1 3/4 hours; and Dallas/Fort Worth Airport is 3 hours.

Special Accommodations

All NAMI and Foundation for Meat & Poultry Research & Education educational programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. Please let us know your needs in advance if you require special accommodations or auxiliary aids. Please contact us for more information.



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