Because the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to surge, the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) and FMI – The Food Industry Association introduced on Wednesday the cancellation of the 2022 Annual Meat Convention (AMC) “out of respect for the well being of our communities and because of the consideration and consideration our respective members are placing into their operations,” in keeping with the teams.
The occasion had been scheduled for Feb. 7-9 in Washington, D.C.
“The aim of AMC is to deliver collectively retailers and the meat and poultry trade,” mentioned NAMI president and CEO Julie Anna Potts. “Just like the meat and poultry trade, lots of our companions in retail are experiencing vital operational and provide chain challenges. Right now, attending an in-person convention is troublesome which diminishes the worth of the occasion for all members.”
FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin added, “Our group is prioritizing the well being of its individuals and operations in order that we will proceed to serve the patron, however we’re dedicated to sharing extra class insights with our audiences all year long.”
A full refund will likely be issued to all attendees, exhibitors and sponsors, and occasion coordinators will cancel lodge reservations on behalf of registered attendees.
Whereas the in-person occasion is canceled, NAMI and FMI, in partnership with Sealed Air, will host a digital dialogue sequence relating to the annual Energy of Meat evaluation, normally launched throughout the present. The kickoff to this three-part sequence will likely be hosted starting Feb. 7. Registration data will likely be accessible via the conference website and in a follow-up communication to beforehand registered attendees. The evaluation may even be accessible without spending a dime to members of NAMI, FMI and beforehand registered attendees.
Subsequent 12 months’s Meat Convention has been scheduled for March 6-8, 2023, on the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.
The announcement got here simply days after FMI introduced it will “pause” its upcoming Midwinter Government Convention, scheduled for Jan. 21-24 in Orlando, within the face of rising considerations about COVID-19 and the surging Omicron variant. Earlier in January, the Non-public Label Producers Affiliation canceled its annual commerce present scheduled for this month, and this week introduced plans to launch the digital PLMA International occasion in March.
Different trade occasions scheduled for the subsequent few months are nonetheless happening as deliberate, together with the National Grocers Association annual commerce present slated for Feb. 27-March 1 in Las Vegas, Natural Products Expo West (March 8-12 in Anaheim, Calif.), Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America (March 13-15 in Boston) and Shoptalk (March 27-30 in Las Vegas).