WASHINGTON, DC – Attendees at the 2018 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE), scheduled to take place Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2018, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta will have the opportunity to learn about robotics and packaging at two free education programs during the three-day trade show.


The North American Meat Institute (NAMI), one of the organizers of the annual show, announced details for the free “Robotics in the Meat and Poultry Industry: Putting Technology to Work” and “Packaging Trends and Technologies programs at IPPE.


The “Robotics in the Meat and Poultry Industry: Putting Technology to Work” session, which will be held Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 8 to 10 a.m., will examine the status and future direction of robotics in the meat and poultry industry, and will include a panel discussion with processors who are already implementing these technologies.  The workshop will feature Clyde Campbell, regional director, Scott Automation and Robotics, and Craig Souser, president, JLS Automation. 

On Thursday, Feb. 1, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., the “Packaging Trends and Technologies” education session will explore trends in packaging at the consumer level, and will address how these trends affect decisions in meat and poultry purchasing and influence consumer behavior. Packaging experts will discuss the latest technologies and will advise processors on how to maximize quality, efficiency and sustainability.

Session speakers include Lynn Dornblaser, director of innovation and insight, Mintel; Matt Malott, vice president, sales and marketing, Multivac USA; John Kearney, market manager, meat and dairy shrink products, fresh meat, national accounts, business development, Bemis Company, Inc.; and Jay Wilson, vice president of marketing, Food Care North America, Sealed Air Corporation.  

 For more information about these sessions and to register to attend IPPE, visit www.ippexpo.org.