2014 IPPE: Successful, Despite Inclement Weather Conditions
Nearly 25,000 registrants braved poor driving conditions to attend the trade show
The 2014 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) was successful despite inclement weather conditions that impacted drive-in traffic. IPPE recorded 24,865 registrants, though advanced registration and hotel reservations had projected attendance to be more than 28,000 registrants.
IPPE is the world's largest annual poultry, feed and meat industry event of its kind and is one of the 50 largest trade shows in the United States. The event is sponsored by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the American Meat Institute (AMI).
There were 5,456 international registrants from 124 countries represented at the expo. The largest group from a single country outside the U.S. was Canada with 838 registrants. The largest region represented was Latin America / Caribbean with 2,397 registrants.
"Despite the weather, we were pleased with the number of attendees on the exhibit floor and received several comments about the high quality of the attendees present. In general, both exhibitors and attendees understood the challenges presented by the weather,” said Charlie Olentine, IPPE show manager.
The main attraction was the large exhibit floor, covering 410,000 net square feet. With 1,152 exhibitors presenting the latest advances in equipment, supplies and services, attendees were able to view and experience all phases of the poultry, feed and meat industry, from live production and processing to further processing and packaging.
A week-long schedule of education programs complemented the exhibit floor and helped drive attendance. The education line-up included the following: International Poultry Scientific Forum; Pet Food Conference; Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit; AFIA’s International Feed Education Forum; Sanitary Equipment Design Principles; New Approaches to Ground Poultry Pathogen Reduction; Antibiotic Use in the Meat and Poultry Industry; VIV International Pork Production Summit; How to Export Feed & Feed Ingredients to the U.S.; Poultry Market Intelligence Forum; Meeting the World Food Challenge: Outlook for Doubling Global Egg Production by the Year 2050; Media Training for the Meat and Poultry Industry; Biosecurity – Revisiting the Basics and Implementing New Strategies; Meat & Poultry Research Showcase; and the International Rendering Symposium.
Next year’s IPPE will be held Jan. 27-29, 2015, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. Show updates, attendee and exhibitor information will be available at www.ippexpo.org.