More than 31,000 global leaders in the poultry, meat and feed industries attended the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). The show had more than 533,000 of net square feet of exhibit space and 1,275 exhibitors. Final numbers will be released soon. IPPE, the world's largest annual feed, meat and poultry industry event of its kind, is sponsored by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, American Feed Industry Association and North American Meat Institute.

“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,” spokesmen of the three organizations said.       

The central attraction is the large exhibit floor. Exhibitors demonstrated the most current innovations in equipment, supplies and services used by industry firms in the production and processing of meat, poultry, eggs and feed products. Numerous companies highlighted their new products at the trade show, with all phases of the feed, meat and poultry industry represented, from live production and processing to further processing and packaging.

The wide variety of educational programs complemented the exhibits by keeping industry management informed on the latest issues and events. This year’s educational line-up featured 25 programs, ranging from a conference on Listeria Monocytogenes prevention and control, to a program on FSMA hazard analysis training, to a program on whole genome sequencing and food safety implications.

Other featured events included the International Poultry Scientific Forum, Beef 101 Workshop, Pet Food Conference, TECHTalks program, Event Zone activities and publisher-sponsored programs, all of which have made the 2017 IPPE the foremost annual protein and feed event in the world.