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About NAMI

NAMI is a national trade association that represents companies that process 95 percent of red meat and 70 percent of turkey products in the US and their suppliers throughout America.

Headquartered in metropolitan Washington, DC, NAMI keeps its fingers on the pulse of legislation, regulation and media activity that impacts the meat and poultry industry and provides rapid updates and analyses to its members to help them stay informed. In addition, NAMI conducts scientific research through its Foundation designed to help meat and poultry companies improve their plants and their products. The Institute's many meetings and educational seminars also provide excellent networking and information-sharing opportunities for members of the industry.

NAMI is governed by elected leaders and staffed by 32 professionals. NAMI elected leaders include three officers plus the President and CEO, as well as a 107-person Board of Directors and a 40-person Executive Board. Representatives on both of these bodies include leaders in both the supplier and packer/processor segments of the industry. NAMI has also created operating groups, called policy committees and advisory committees, within its membership to allow member companies to recommend NAMI policies in their primary areas of interest. Policy committees focus on broad functional and operational areas and develop policy recommendations for specific issues within these areas. Advisory committees provide specialized advice to policy committees.


Be the preeminent source of information, education, and services that enable meat and poultry companies to nourish people around the world with safe, nutritious, and sustainable protein.


To be a catalyst for continuous innovation and improvement; a strong advocate for the meat and poultry community before consumers, policymakers and media; and a vehicle for members of all sizes to develop positive, constructive and long lasting relationships. 

Core Values 

We value the consumer’s voice and right to choose.

We value the essential contributions made by the producer community and our supplier partners. 

We value partnering relationships in an effort to continuously improve our industry, our products, and our services. 

We value the diversity within our industry.  

We value the ethical treatment of animals in our care.

We value sustainable practices and sound environmental stewardship.

We value our employees, their families, and the communities in which we operate.

We value science and fact based decisions.

We value transparency and accountability.  

We value integrity.