WASHINGTON -- The American Meat Institute, the Food Marketing Institute
and the United Fresh Produce Association announced May 10 the co-location
of their premier trade shows -- the FMI Exhibit & Education Event, the AMI
International Meat Poultry and Seafood Convention & Exposition, and United
Fresh -- beginning in 2012 at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas.
The AMI expo will be held April 30 to May 3, 2012; the FMI exhibit and
education event and United Fresh will be held May 1-3, 2012.
The three shows will offer their own exhibit halls as well as unique education
programming for their own attendees. The partners will explore potential
joint programming and networking events.
This marks a reunion between the FMI show and United Fresh but will be the
first co-location of either group with the AMI expo. This co-location creates
an event that connects the meat processing, fruit and vegetable, and retail
industries to create synergy for all exhibitors and attendees.
"We are thrilled to launch an event that will encompass all aspects of the
industry in one location to provide a continuation of our commitment to
bring trading partners together, foster collaboration and build a strong
industry community," Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI's president and chief executive
officer, said in a May 10 press release. "This co-location provides the
opportunity to foster leadership education opportunities that span across the
industry and bring more depth and increased value to retailers from the
front-lines to company headquarters."
Patrick Boyle, AMI’s president and chief executive officer, welcomed the
partnership opportunity. "Now, in addition to state-of-the art technology and
cutting-edge education, AMI packer-processors have a third compelling
reason to attend the AMI convention and exposition: thousands of their retail
customers in one place," Mr. Boyle said in the release. "Attendees will benefit
from a wide array of joint educational programming. Exhibitors at all three
shows will take advantage of the expanded marketing opportunity and
additional traffic on the show floor."
Tom Stenzel, president and CEO of United Fresh, said in the release, "We're
pleased to once again co-locate the United Fresh 2012 Fresh Marketplace and
FreshTech expos with FMI based on the very positive experience of attendees
at both of our shows in the past. With AMI, we'll now have an even stronger
platform for increasing the attendee value proposition for all three events."
The FMI education and exhibit event is the largest and most comprehensive
food industry conference and exposition in North America, attracting
approximately 450 exhibitors and more than 10,000 attendees from close to
100 countries representing the retail industry, including supermarket
retailers, independent operators, wholesalers, mass merchants, distributors
The AMI expo attracts more than 450 exhibitors and 10,000 attendees from
100 countries at all levels of the meat and poultry industries, including
executives, plant managers, purchasing agents, engineers, researchers and
operations managers. The United Fresh show will attract 300 exhibitors and
5,000 individual attendees.
United Fresh previously announced that its 2011 convention will take place
May 2-5 in New Orleans.
“This will be a standalone convention for United similar to this past year,
focusing on senior-level retail and foodservice business meetings, education
for each segment of the supply chain, and innovations critical to our
industry,” United Chairman Steffanie Smith, CEO of River Point Farms,” wrote
in a e-mail. “We will then join with our new partners, FMI and AMI, in hosting
United Fresh 2012 … at the Dallas Convention Center.”
She added, “This new alternating year format with a standalone United Fresh
convention in odd years (2011, 2013, etc.) and a co-located event with
FMI/AMI in even years (2012, 2014, etc.) will enable us to drive value for our
exhibitors and attendees in different show formats, while building our
industry's relationships with senior retail, foodservice and food industry