IPPE attracts over 31,000 delegates

by Arvin Donley
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Nearly 1,300 exhibitors showcased their products and services on the trade shoe floor at the IPPE in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Photo by Dan Flavin.
The impact of a new U.S. president with a radically different agenda than his predecessor as well as the looming deadline for compliance with the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) were on the on the minds of feed industry representatives attending the 2017 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) Jan. 30-Feb. 2 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

More than 31,000 poultry, meat and feed industry leaders from around the world attended the annual event held at the Georgia World Congress Center. The IPPE, the largest event of its kind in the world, also attracted 1,275 exhibitors to the trade show floor. Exhibitors demonstrated the latest innovations in equipment, supplies and services used in the production and processing of poultry, meat, eggs and feed products.

Feed industry equipment suppliers said business is strong internationally and improving in the United States.

“There’s been expansion activity across the live production and processing side and feed mills are a part of that,” said Hans Lehmann, vice-president and general manager, North America, GSI. “Feed has been hanging on pretty good. Meat consumption is good and domestically we are seeing expansion in swine to support the new packing facilities coming online and expansion on the poultry side.”

Grain has been a little soft, he said, but is showing some signs of life with a big 2016 crop, strong exports, improved ethanol margins and a swing back to profitability.

“Some of the things that drive business for commercial grain in elevators are starting to swing back, on top of a big crop,” he said.

Bühler Inc. was showcasing its MultimpactMax Hammer Mill and MultimpactFine Hammer Mill, which offer high capacity (60 tonnes per hour plus) for both coarse and fine grinding applications. Dan Lundt, Bühler’s sales director, feed and oilseeds, North America, said the hammermills meet the industry’s needs as it moves to fewer mills with larger capacities.

The company also was showcasing equipment that addresses health and safety concerns from increasing regulations like FSMA. He said all of Bühler’s pelleting equipment has stainless steel contact surfaces and is cleaned in place, limiting the interaction between the operator and the equipment.

Sanitation was also a key for sales of Global Industries’ steel Sentinel buildings, which were on display at the IPPE. Steve Frisbie, marketing director for Global Industries, said the buildings are designed mostly for tropical and subtropical areas because they are easy to keep clean and sterile.

“Growers are finding with these kinds of buildings that they can turn chickens over more quickly,” he said. “They tend to grow faster.”