by Marielena Zajac, Marketing Specialist
From January 31st – February 2nd, thousands of exhibitors from around the world gathered for the annual International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE). The annual, global feed, meat, and poultry industry trade show, which took place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, highlighted the latest technology, equipment, and services used in the production and processing. With so many vendors in attendance discussing a variety of topics, here are my top three takeaway from this fantastic show:
1. Over 31,000 people attended!
The show had more than 533,000 net square feet of exhibit space and 1,275 exhibitors. Sponsored by the US Poultry & Egg Association, American Feed Industry Association and North American Meat Institute, IPPE is the world's largest annual feed, meat and poultry industry event of its kind.
“This year’s tremendous exhibit floor and attendee and exhibitor numbers are a compliment to IPPE’s unmatched education programs, ample networking opportunities and diverse exhibits. The excitement and energy displayed by this year’s attendees and exhibitors will continue to safeguard the success and growth of future IPPEs,” the three organizations said in a joint statement.
2. IPPE 2017 was the year of the feed exhibitor.
Multiple food storage and processing equipment exhibitors at IPPE said business is currently strong internationally, and improving domestically due in part to the large size of the U.S. crop. Further, there has been expansion activity across live production and processing, and feed mills play directly to that. Despite previous years, grain is improving due to a large 2016 crop, strong exports, improved ethanol margins and profitability. From pelleting equipment to feed storage systems, feed exhibitors truly reigned supreme with captivating and interactive booths that highlighted their strengths. Turn a corner, and any attendee would immediately see a product directly tied to feed.
3. Sessions, sessions, sessions.
When it came to informing the masses, IPPE 2017 certainly was not lacking.
IPPE 2017 featured several new educational programs, including important sessions on food safety, consumer trends, and international trade. Some new programs discussed the following:; Meat Quality Workshop; Beef 101; Whole Genome Sequencing 101; and much, much more.
Attendees also had the opportunity to attend free 20-minute technical presentations while they walked around the tradeshow floor. The TECHTalks program, located at Booth C1305, was held at various times throughout the event and discussed topics such as food safety, animal welfare, sustainability, and feed production. An IPPE exhibitor who shared their expertise and experience on the topic of the session led each presentation.
Edgewater Fullscope once again exhibited this year at IPPE. We were delighted to share the latest information regarding technology and food manufacturing. Specifically, we shared how Dynamics 365 for Operations is changing the landscape for cloud-based ERP solutions. From product recalls to recipe management, Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations has everything food manufacturers need to stay ahead of their competition.
Join us tomorrow, February 7th, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a 60 minute webinar exploring how you can resolve the top three food manufacturing issues and get back in control of food lot traceability. Sign up here and learn more information.