THE 2014 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) has surpassed 1,100 exhibitors, covering more than 400,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, as of Dec. 4.
Comprised of the three integrated tradeshows — the International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo and International Meat Expo — IPPE is still growing, with seven more weeks remaining until the show opens.
The global annual poultry, feed and meat industry trade show will be held Jan. 28-30, 2014, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. The expo will highlight the latest technology, equipment and services used in the production and processing of poultry, meat and feed products.
Online is the only way to pre-register for the discounted price of $50 through Dec. 31, after which the registration fee will increase to $70. Everyone must bring their registration confirmation to the show.
IPPE is expected to attract more than 26,000 attendees representing the entire chain of protein production and processing.
The event is sponsored by the American Feed Industry Assn. (AFIA), American Meat Institute (AMI) and U.S. Poultry & Egg Assn. (USPOULTRY).
USPOULTRY represents the complete spectrum of today's poultry industry. Its mission is to progressively serve member companies through research, education, communication and technical assistance.
AFIA is the world's largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal feed industry and its suppliers. Member companies are livestock feed and pet food manufacturers, integrators, pharmaceutical companies, ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers and companies that supply other products, services and supplies to feed manufacturers.
AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America.
The week will feature an extensive lineup of educational programs addressing current industry issues.
The International Poultry Scientific Forum, Sanitary Equipment Design Principles, Pet Food Conference, Media Training for the Meat & Poultry Industry and Animal Agricultural Sustainability Summit will start the week's educational programs. A Beef Plant Tour and Poultry Plant Tour are scheduled for Jan. 27, and several Tech XChange programs will also be offered on Jan. 28-29. In addition, Current Issues for the Egg Industry and the International Rendering Symposium educational programs will return for 2014.
IPPE will also feature several new educational programs, including important sessions on food safety, consumer trends and international trade.
New for 2014 are the following programs: New Approaches to Ground Poultry Pathogen Reduction; Traceability Workshop; Poultry Market Intelligence Forum; Antibiotic Use in the Meat & Poultry Industry; AFIA International Feed Education Program; VIV International Pork Production Summit; How to Export Feed & Feed Ingredients to the U.S.; Fall Protection Short Course; Biosecurity — Revisiting the Basics & Implementing New Strategies; Meat & Poultry Research Showcase; Best New Products; Changing Food Safety Landscape; Health & Wellness Trends, and Customer & Media Communication in the Meat Industry.
The 2014 show hours are: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 28-29 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 30
More information about IPPE is available at www.ippexpo.org.
VIV pork summit
The VIV International Pork Production Summit will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 29 during IPPE.
This important program will bring together industry and academic representatives to review technical best practices related to pig health, farm management and feed and nutrition. The program cost is $100 for registered IPPE attendees.
A plenary session on the "Challenges in the U.S. Pork Sector" is planned that would appeal to all protein sectors. James Kenwood, managing director and coverage banker for Rabobank International, will present on "The Future Position of the U.S. Pork Sector in a Global Perspective," and Ma Chuang, vice-secretary general for the Chinese Association of Animal Science & Veterinary Medicine and partner at Boyar Communication, will provide a "Chinese Perspective."
Regarding pig health, the program will feature a roundtable discussion on "Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus" (PEDV) by Watt Global Media. Rafael Cabrera, director of technical services for Huvepharma, will present on "The Impact of Supplementing Xylanase in Swine Diets on Apparent Total Tract Digestibility, Growth Performance & Overall Pig Health," and Douglas Newcome, vice president of global technical services for the National Swine Registry, will present on the "Use of Technology in Genetic Improvement Programs."
From the farm management perspective, Sean Francy, product manager for Val-Co, will present on "Swine Ventilation Management." Dr. Guido Klement, area sales manager for Pigtek, will present on "Smart Technology on the Pig Farm," and Simon Lague, business development manager for Fancom, will present on "Quantifying Sustainability in Pork Production."
For feed and nutrition topics, Ester Vinyeta, animal nutrition manager for Buhler, will present on "High Feedstuff Costs: Improving Nutritional Value of Swine Diets by Processing Conditions." Dr. Carrie Walk, research manager for AB Vista, will present on "Superdosing — Phytase Beyond Phosphorous Provision."
Ground pathogen reduction
Sponsored by USPOULTRY, the "New Approaches to Ground Pathogen Reduction" program will be held Jan. 28-29, 2014. This important program will bring together industry, academic, government and consumer representatives to discuss current interventions and explore new approaches to pathogen reduction. The two-day program costs $150 for registered IPPE attendees.
The program will feature "Overview of the State of Poultry Inspection Today & Changes Needed to Impact Public Health" by Dr. Richard Raymond, former U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary for food safety. Christine Summers, director of food safety and quality assurance for Costco, will present on "Poultry Food Safety Management in Retail."
Other topics include "Current On-Farm/In-Plant Interventions that Have Caused a Positive Impact in Salmonella Reduction," "Ground Poultry Food Safety Across the Supply Chain," "Developing Research & Interventions for Salmonella Control" and "Alternative Measurements to Consider."
A panel discussion titled "Alternatives to Make a Positive Impact on Public Health" will be held on Jan. 28. The following panelists are scheduled for the event: Mike Robach, vice president of corporate food safety and regulatory affairs at Cargill; Dr. Barbara Kowalcyk, chief executive officer and director of research at The Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention; Dr. David Goldman, chief medical officer at USDA's Food Safety & Inspection Service, and Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention division of foodborne, waterborne and environmental diseases.
The International Rendering Symposium is returning under the theme "The Rendering Industry: Using Rendered Products for Safe, High-Quality Feed." Sponsored by the National Renderers Assn. (NRA), the Jan. 30-31 symposium costs $150 for registered expo attendees.
This year's symposium will include a presentation by Dr. Annel Greene of Clemson University on "Controlling Salmonella in Feed." Dr. Charles Starkey of American Proteins will discuss "The Nuts & Bolts of the Rendering Industry." Dr. Hans Stein of the University of Illinois will present "Rendered Products for Feeding Swine," and Mark Brinkman of Diamond Pet Food Co. will focus on "Rendered Products & the Pet Food Industry."
Other program topics will include an "Overview of the North American Rendering Industry, NRA & WRO," "Quality Assurance in Manufacturing Rendered Products — Supplier Perspective," "Sustainability, Perception & the Real World — The Raw Material Conundrum," "Rendered Products for Feeding Poultry," "The Role of Rendered Products in Aquaculture Feeds" and "Innovations in the Rendering Industry."
NRA was formed in 1933 as the professional organization of the rendering industry. NRA represents members' interests to regulatory and other governmental agencies, promotes the greater use of animal byproducts and fosters the opening and expansion of trade between foreign buyers and North American exporters.
On Jan. 29, AFIA will offer the International Feed Education Forum, which will address issues unique to feed manufacturers.
The half-day event, held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., will feature three sessions.
Keith Epperson, AFIA vice president of manufacturing and training, will open the forum with a presentation on the latest regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.
Richard Sellers, AFIA senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs, will discuss implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and other government compliance rules such as the veterinary feed directive.
The final speaker, Dr. Henry Turlington, AFIA director of quality and manufacturing regulatory affairs, will discuss FSMA hazard identification requirements.
Sellers, Epperson and Turlington will focus their talks on areas that directly affect feed manufacturers and what managers need to know in order to abide by the regulations.
Meat, poultry research
As part of the 2014 IPPE education schedule, the new Meat & Poultry Research Showcase will provide cutting-edge scientific presentations in practical, applied ways, exploring the latest research in the meat and poultry industry. The showcase will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 30, and the registration fee for the program is $150 for all expo attendees.
Co-sponsored by AMI, USPOULTRY, the National Pork Board (NPB) and the National Cattlemen's Beef Assn. (NCBA), the research showcase serves as the leading forum for presenting the most current meat and poultry production research and its direct application to the industry. The research presented will cover consumer and market research, as well as research on vaccination, production, processing and food safety.
The program agenda consists of the following topics:
* NCBA/NPB Market Research Update;
* Attribution Research, PEDV & Biosecurity;
* Advances in Understanding Vaccination to Control Infectious Bronchitis Virus;
* Advances in the Development of a Safe & Efficacious Vaccine to Control Infectious Laryngotrachetis;
* The Effect of Increasing the Protein Content of Breakfast on Satiety & Cognitive Function in Undergraduate Students;
* Influences of Commercial Deep Chilling Processes on Early Postmortem Events in Muscle That Affect Ultimate Fresh Pork Tenderness & Processing Quality;
* Salmonella Beef Research;
* Salmonella Turkey Research;
* Reducing or Preventing Recovery of Injured Listeria monocytogenes on Ready-to-Eat Natural & Organic "Uncured" Processed Meats, and
* Investigating the Development of Thermal Processing Tools to Improve the Safety of Ready-to-Eat Meat & Poultry Products.
The sixth annual Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit will provide viewpoints from top industry experts on sustainability and on sharing animal agriculture's sustainability story, as well as how to engage consumers and the public. The Jan. 27-28 program costs $150 for all registered expo attendees.
"The Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit continues to be a popular program on the expo schedule. This year's program is designed to keep industry leaders up to date on industry sustainability initiatives by providing a variety of information from a diverse panel of speakers," said Joe Miller, general counsel for Rose Acre Farms and a member of the summit planning committee.
This year's summit will include a presentation by Paul Helgeson of GNP Co. on "Feed Ingredient Sourcing: A Hot Spot of a Life Cycle Analysis." Jeff Potent of George Washington University and EPA will discuss "Corporate Responsibility," and Jim Fallon of the Center for Food Integrity will present on "What Have We Learned in the Last 12 Months?" There will also be a topic discussing "Consumer/Public Engagement: What Drives Your Message" with "A PR Firm's Perspective," "An Industry Customer Perspective" and "A Blogger's Perspective."
The summit will conclude with a ceremony to recognize and present honors to winners of USPOULTRY's 2014 Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award.
As part of the educational lineup, Pennsylvania State University and USPOULTRY will again host the Poultry Handling & Transportation Quality Assurance (PHTQA) "Train the Trainer" Workshop for poultry transporters and catch crews. The Jan. 30 workshop is limited to 30 participants, and the registration fee is $250.
The PHTQA program provides third-party certification training, which gives employees and contract crews an understanding of poultry welfare, good management practices and biosecurity, emergency planning, media training and preparation for outside audits. PHTQA is offering a combined certification and "Train the Trainer" workshop specifically for those individuals wishing to become PHTQA-certified trainers.
Outbreaks of the H7N9 virus in China and the H7N3 virus in Mexico have heightened the awareness of and need for effective biosecurity programs.
Sponsored by USPOULTRY, the half-day program "Biosecurity — Revisiting the Basics & Implementing New Strategies" will revisit the well-established basics of successful biosecurity plans and explore new strategies for today's global challenges. The registration fee is $100 for all IPPE attendees.
The program will feature industry specialists, a panel discussion and a practical biosecurity workshop.
Dr. David Shapiro of Perdue will discuss "Real-World Biosecurity Strategies to Minimize or Eliminate Animal Health & Food Safety Risks." Carl Heeder of Zoetis will present "Biosecurity Implementation Management: A Real Life Perspective of the Challenges Even the Most Well Written, Comprehensive Programs Face."
The panel discussion will address biosecurity perspectives from different regions of the world, and the workshop will look at various scenarios from different countries and develop a model that takes into consideration different regions, cultures, etc.
The biosecurity program is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 30.
Feed export seminar
On Jan. 29, AFIA will host a seminar to provide insight into the complex process of exporting feed and feed ingredients into the U.S. "How to Export Feed & Feed Ingredients to the U.S." is the first seminar of its kind sponsored by the association and will be held during IPPE.
"Over the years, AFIA has seen an increased interest and curiosity by IPPE participants in exporting feed and feed ingredients to the U.S.," AFIA manager of international trade Gina Tumbarello said. "The seminar is designed to address this growing demand by providing a variety of information from a diverse panel of speakers. If you are currently exporting to the U.S. or thinking about it, this seminar will serve as an excellent resource."
The half-day seminar will include presentations from USDA's Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Topics include:
* U.S. Feed/Feed Ingredient Import Trends;
* APHIS: Exporting Animal & Plant Products to the U.S., and
* Customs Brokers: Representing Companies Not Located in the U.S.
Dr. Daniel McChesney from the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine will also address the "Food Safety Modernization Act — What Exporters to the U.S. Need to Know."
AFIA, in partnership with the Poultry Protein & Fat Council, will sponsor the seventh annual Pet Food Conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 28.
"We are excited to kick off IPPE with AFIA's annual Pet Food Conference, which attracts more than 200 participants each year," said Leah Wilkinson, AFIA director of ingredients, pet food and state affairs. "The seminar covers everything from product claims, marketing and nutrition to regulatory and technical aspects of production and is a great networking opportunity."
The meeting's topics will range from updates on FSMA, third-party certification programs such as AFIA's Pet Food Manufacturing Facility Certification Program, FDA and the Association of American Feed Control Officials as well as a panel discussion on communication and industry best practices.
The conference will feature several industry experts discussing topics that affect pet food and pet food ingredient manufacturers. Svetlana Uduslivaia of Euromonitor International will speak about domestic and global industry trends.
New this year, the conference will include a luncheon with guest speakers from Nutra Blend LLC who will discuss the "Drive to Feed the World/Chew on This" tour as well as consumer outreach messaging.
The conference registration fee is $60 through Dec. 31, and registration details are available at www.petfoodconference.com.
Feed costs, global competition and consumer demands present ever-changing challenges for the poultry and egg industry. Seeking to address these challenges, the Market Intelligence Forum is returning to the 2014 IPPE.
Sponsored by USPOULTRY and the National Poultry & Food Distributors Assn. (NPFDA), the program will identify the key issues facing the industry and provide an understanding into how domestic and international poultry industries are positioned to move forward in 2014. The Market Intelligence Forum is free to all expo attendees and NPFDA meeting attendees.
"The Market Intelligence Forum continues to be one of the most popular programs on the expo schedule, and we are pleased to include it again in the 2014 education lineup. It is essential to stay abreast of current conditions and projections for the future. This program helps keep industry leaders up to date on the many factors that influence financial performance," USPOULTRY president John Starkey said.
The program will feature a food and agribusiness specialist, a leading economist and an industry performance analyst. Deborah Perkins of Rabobank International will review "Global Consumer Eating Trends." Dr. Paul Aho of Poultry Perspectives will discuss "Domestic & Global Drivers for 2014." Mike Donohue of Agri Stats will provide insight into "Performance Trends for the Poultry & Egg Industry."
The Market Intelligence Forum is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Jan. 29.