More than 30,000 people attended the 3-day trade show in Atlanta. 
ATLANTA – Organizers of the 2018 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, quantified the success of the trade show. More than 30,000 meat, poultry and feed industry leaders were in attendance this year. A total of 1,218 exhibitors were featured on the more than 521,000-sq.-ft. trade show floor, which occupied two halls of the Georgia World Congress Center. Next year’s show will feature three halls of exhibits. Attendees included 7,093 international visitors from 124 countries. Canada represented the largest group from a single country outside the US with 1,132 visitors. Latin America represented the largest region with 2,759 visitors.

“The turnout for the 2018 IPPE was excellent. With three halls and more networking opportunities, we expect the 2019 IPPE to provide economic value for attendees and exhibitors alike,” show organizers said. IPPE is co-sponsored by the US Poultry & Egg Association, American Feed Industry Association and North American Meat Institute.

 IPPE 2018 also features a week-long schedule of education programs. There were more than 140-plus hours of sessions, ranging from a conference on preventing and responding to foreign material contamination incidents to a program on biosecurity for poultry and egg producers and live operations. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue also attended the event on Jan. 31 to address the attendees of the Poultry Market Intelligence Forum. He also walked the trade show floor and spoke to members of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) at the show.

With the city of Atlanta hosting the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, 2019, next year’s IPPE will be moved back a couple weeks and held Feb. 12-14, 2019, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Show updates and attendee and exhibitor information will be available at www.ippexpo.org.