The 2013 International Production & Processing Expo released final attendance counts Tuesday, announcing that 26,393 poultry, meat and feed industry stakeholders attended the expo, Jan. 29-31, 2013.
The expo boasts one of the 50 largest trade shows in the United States and was ranked by Trade Show Executive as #35 in its "Fastest 50 Trade Shows" listing for percentage of growth in net square feet of paid exhibit space. The event is sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, the American Feed Industry Association and the American Meat Institute.
There were 5,448 international visitors from 111 countries represented at the expo. The largest group from a single country outside the United States was Canada with 916 visitors. The largest region represented was Latin America/Caribbean with 2,394 visitors.
"The number of attendees on the exhibit floor exceeded our expectations, and we are very pleased. We had an exceptional turn-out this year," said 2013 USPOULTRY chairman James Adams, Wenger Feeds, Rheems, Penn.
The main attraction was the large exhibit floor, covering more than 430,000 net square feet. With 1,189 exhibitors presenting the latest advances in equipment, supplies and services, attendees were able to view and experience all phases of the poultry, feed, and meat industry, from live production and processing to further processing and packaging.
Helping drive the attendance, a week-long schedule of education programs complemented the exhibit floor by keeping industry management current on the latest issues.
The education line-up included topics such as food safety, sanitation and maintenance, animal care, current issues, future of the industry, meat and poultry research and rendering trends.
"The record attendance numbers serve as further confirmation that the 2013 IPPE was a rousing success," said AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle. "With a year's experience at the show, we expect next year will be even more valuable for attendees and exhibitors alike."
Next year's International Production & Processing Expo will be held Jan. 28-30, 2014, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. Show updates, attendee and exhibitor information will be available at www.ippexpo.org.