International Poultry Expo (IPE) is considered by many to be the networking hub of the world for the poultry industry. Every segment of the poultrymeat and egg industries is represented: feed milling, live production, hatchery, processing, further processing, packaging, commercial egg, marketing, and all support activities. IPE 2008 will be held at its usual venue, Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on 23-25 January 2008.
Familiar features return
American Feed Industry Association's International Feed Expo (IFE), one of the largest animal feed and ingredient show in the world, will co-locate for its second year with IPE for a remarkable opportunity for both exhibitors and visitors.
Another welcome return to the event is free wireless internet access. It will be available in Halls B and C of the Congress Center throughout the show period.
The registration fee includes admission to the Educational Programme held on Wednesday and Thursday. The programme is developed by a committee of industry leaders who tailor the sessions to address the hottest issues and challenges facing the poultry industry. Details can be found on the show web site.
Also on Wednesday and Thursday, InfoMart Theater will feature presentations from exhibitors dealing with specific technology innovations and answers to challenges in production and processing.
What's new for 2008?
A whole raft of environmental issues has come to the attention of the agricultural and food sectors all over the world, and the range of solution can be bewildering. To help show visitors identify exhibitors that can help with their ‘green' problems, both B and C Halls will have an ECO-Innovation Pavilion focussing attention on improving the efficiency and utilisation of natural resources. With their green carpets and special signage, the pavilions will be easy to locate.
Some visitors may be interested in attending the Pet Food Ingredient Conference. IPE/IFE attendees receive free admission to this event, which will take place on the morning of Tuesday 22 January.
For international visitors
International Business Center will again be located in the lobby of Building C with refreshments and multi-lingual translators available.
International visitors who are interested in making the best use of their time while at the show may want to talk to a representative of the US Department of Commerce International Buyer Program to link them up with exhibitors who provide the products and services they require. To register for this match-making programme' free of charge, go to www.internationalpoultryexposition.com/registration/ibc/ibc.cfm.
There will be a Welcome Reception for international visitors on Wednesday evening from 17:00-18:00 in the Congress Center. This will be a great chance to network.