THE North American Meat Assn. (NAMA) board of directors last week approved an agreement and plan of merger with the American Meat Institute (AMI).
"The NAMA board feels strongly that the members will be best served by this merger. We're excited to have this opportunity to form a new industry organization," NAMA co-president Tony Gahn Jr. said.
AMI and NAMA initiated discussions about a possible merger in September. Since that time, a committee composed of members from each association has explored how a new organization can best serve members.
"NAMA's vote is welcome news. A merger of our two groups is the right decision at the right time, and it will serve our industry well," said AMI chairman Greg Benedict, who serves on the merger committee. "We believe this presents us with an opportunity to create a better, stronger organization that can speak with a unified voice."
AMI members will vote on the proposed merger with NAMA in April. If approved, the merger will be effective Jan. 1, 2015.
NAMA was formed in 2012 as a result of a merger between the National Meat Assn. and the National Meat Processors Assn.
AMI, founded in 1906, represents companies that process 95% of red meat and 70% of turkey in the U.S. and related suppliers throughout America.