The 2016 IPPE included 1,301 exhibitors.
With attendees from Latin America/Caribbean countries making up the largest percentage of international visitors, organizers of the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) are putting a special emphasis on those markets.


In addition to having more than 48 exhibitors from Latin American countries, IPPE said it is providing educational programs and networking activities for those attendees. The 2017 event is set for Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

Along with offering several free education programs, IPPE is featuring a Seminario Técnico para Maximizar la Eficiencia de la Industria Avícola program, presented entirely in Spanish, which will discuss improvements in the areas of breeding, incubation, grow-out, egg production, processing and health. It will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 30.

While at IPPE, Latin American and Caribbean attendees may observe several cooking demonstrations Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. There also will be an IPPE Welcome Reception held at the Georgia Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium, on Jan. 31, and all IPPE attendees are invited. Additionally, attendees will have an opportunity to vote on the best chili, which will be prepared by chefs featuring their favorite chili recipes for beef, pork and poultry, as well as participate in the hot wing eating competition where the winners of each “Heat” go on to compete eating sequentially hotter wings.

The 2016 IPPE attracted more than 7,280 international visitors from over 140 countries. Although Latin American/Caribbean countries represent the largest region of international visitors, there has been continued growth in numbers coming from Europe. Canada represents the largest single country outside the United States with regards to number of attendees.

The event is a collaboration of three shows — International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo, and International Meat Expo — representing the entire chain of protein production and processing. All segments of the industry will be represented: feed milling, hatchery, live production, processing, further processing, marketing and all support activities.

Attendees will have opportunities to network, learn about the latest technological developments and issues facing the industry.

Along with 30,277 delegates, the 2016 event included 1,301 exhibitors in 465,000 square feet of exhibit space, placing it among the top 50 expos in terms of size in the United States.

This year’s expo will have a record-setting 510,000-plus square feet of exhibit space. It will be open Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Educational Programming

All of the industries represented at the conference will offer educational programming. The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) will host its free feed production education program on Feb. 1 as part of the IPPE.

The training session will update participants on recent changes from several U.S. agencies, including the Department of Labor, the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The half-day event is targeted toward feed mill managers and mill personnel.

In addition to the regulatory update from federal agencies, topics to be covered include:

  • FSMA Readiness: What the industry looks like a year post rulings, Jennifer Morecraft, NSF International.
  • Separation of fines and nutrients during bulk transport, Joe Mortiz, associate professor of animal and nutritional sciences poultry science and nutrition, West Virginia University.
  • Advances in pelleting technology, Dirk Maier, professor of grain & feed operations & processing, Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, associate director, Global Food Security Consortium, Iowa State University.

AFIA’s Gary Huddleston also will explain about its new Feed Facility of the Year program and announce the 2016 award winner.

Pet Food Conference

AFIA’s Pet Food Conference is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 31. It covers a variety of topics from regulatory to technical aspects of production to product claims, marketing and nutrition. This annual educational session attracts more than 200 attendees from pet food manufacturing to ingredient suppliers covering all ingredient categories. This year’s program includes lunch.

The early-bird rate is $75 and $95 on-site. Presentations include:

  • Domestic and global industry trends, Jared Koerten, Euromonitor International.
  • Trade issues and outlook, Gina Tumbarello, AFIA.
  • Extruding grain-free and other pet foods, Brian Streit, Wenger Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Research update: New protein sources, Greg Aldrich, Kansas State University (invited).
  • Developing the next-generation of pet food employees, Jessica Starkey, Auburn University (invited).
  • Transparency: Can we really have it all and meet both consumer and animal needs and be sustainable? Dr. Melissa Brookshire, North River Enterprises (invited).
  • Pet food safety: Environmental monitoring panel.
  • AAFCO update.
  • Food Safety Modernization Act: What have we learned and what’s next? Gary Huddleston, AFIA.

FSMA Training

The AFIA is offering FSMA hazard analysis training for AFIA members only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 2 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 3. Cost is $250 until the show opening.

The AFIA contracted with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Food Safety and Animal Health to create a generic hazard analysis, as required by the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) animal food final rule. This seminar will highlight that report and provide processes for determining what applies to feed facilities, including feed mills, pet food plants and ingredient manufacturing and distribution sites.

The FSMA final rule requires each facility to develop a facility-specific Animal Food Safety Plan that starts with a hazard analysis of the plant, determines the severity and probability of those hazards in the plant’s products and how to mitigate the risks of those hazards.

Participants will receive the generic hazard analysis in advance. During the seminar, information will be provided on how to use, and not use, the hazard analysis; an update on the FSMA; and requirements in the Animal Food Rule and training expectations. On the second day, participants will learn about the application of the hazard analysis as well as ask questions.

Registration Details

IPPE registration is available online at www.ippexpo.org for a discounted price of $50 through Dec. 31. Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, the fee will increase to $100.

Resuming for 2017 is the popular “Members to Atlanta” (M2A) program, which waives the registration fee through Dec. 31, for attendees from member firms of all three associations engaged in the production of poultry, eggs and meat for consumption and feed and pet food manufacturers. The program is supported through the sponsorship of elite IPPE exhibitors.

The IPPE website also includes information regarding attendee and exhibitor registration, hotel registration and a schedule of 2016 educational seminars and activities offered during IPPE.

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IPPE schedule of events

Monday, Jan. 30

8 a.m.-5 p.m. International Poultry Scientific Forum

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Environmental Conference for the Meat and Poultry Industry

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Seminario Técnico para Maximizar la Eficiencia de la Industria Avícola (Technical Seminar for Maximizing the Efficiency of the Poultry Industry) (Spanish language only)

1-5 p.m. Worker Safety Conference for the Meat and Poultry Industry

1-5 p.m. Meat and Poultry Labeling: Issues and Approvals

Tuesday, Jan. 31

8-10 a.m. Family Businesses Strategies for Success

8 a.m.-2 p.m. International Poultry Scientific Forum

8 a.m.-4 p.m. Pet Food Conference

9-11 a.m. U.S. Employment Law Regulatory Update

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit

2-4 p.m. Veterinary Feed Directive

Wednesday, Feb. 1

8-10 a.m. Meat Industry Regulatory Update and Compliance Session

8-10 a.m. Setting Up for Success: Processed Meat Product Introductions

8 a.m.-12 p.m. AFIA Feed Production Education Program

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Food Modernization Act – Phase III Training

9-11:30 a.m. Poultry Market Intelligence Forum

2-4 p.m. Get the Facts with Meat Mythcrushers

Thursday, Feb. 2

8-10 a.m. Understanding and Achieving Operational Excellence

8-10 a.m. Whole Genome Sequencing — Food Safety Implications

8-11 a.m. Toxic Release Inventory Reporting Guidance Workshop

8 a.m.-5 p.m. FSMA Hazard Analysis Training

12-5 p.m. International Rendering Symposium

Friday, Feb. 3

8 a.m.-1 p.m. FSMA Hazard Analysis Training

9 a.m.-12 p.m. International Rendering Symposium