Meat Groups OK Merger, Will Occur in 2015

American Meat Institute members offer final approval for merger with North American Meat Association

Published on: Apr 18, 2014

American Meat Institute General Members this week voted unanimously to proceed with a merger with the North American Meat Association.

The vote occurred during a special meeting of the AMI membership and is the last step necessary to finalize a merger, slated to occur January 1, 2015.

AMI's Board voted April 2 to proceed with the merger and NAMA's Board also voted in favor of the merger March 22.

"The General Membership's unanimous vote today makes possible the formation of a new and stronger organization, well-positioned to meet the challenges of the future," said AMI Chairman Greg Benedict.

"Our two organizations now will create a transition committee to begin the process of merging our two organizations' operations and governing structure. This is a positive development and one that stands to serve our industry well."

American Meat Institute members offer final approval for merger with North American Meat Association
American Meat Institute members offer final approval for merger with North American Meat Association

"The fact that this was a unanimous vote by AMI’s general members shows what a positive step this is for the industry, and NAMA is pleased to be able to move forward with the merger," a statement from the group said.

Merger talks began last year.