TUCKER, GA. – In a Jan. 6 update, the 2022 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) organizers confirmed the event will still be held in person between Jan. 25-27, in Atlanta, with updated safety measures in place.
“Over the past two years, our industry have been doing what it does best – providing safe, nutritious food to keep grocery store shelves stocked amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” said IPPE show management. “Now, our industry leaders are eager to get back together to learn how they can incorporate best practices and continue to improve their businesses to be more efficient and meet the changing demands in a way that is more affordable for their customers. We are committed to providing a safe environment for them to do so and are confident that the 2022 IPPE will be a valuable experience.”
IPPE organizers added that they consulted with the Georgia Department of Public Health and epidemiological experts regarding safety measures for an event of this size and type. The expo will continue to monitor CDC guidance but also updated its safety measures.
These measures include a recommendation that participants in IPPE be vaccinated and wear masks during the event. Masks will also be made available during the expo.
According to the organizers, anyone exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including fever, coughing, and shortness of breath should not attend IPPE.
Other measures announced by IPPE include:
- frequent cleaning and disinfection of public spaces, restrooms and high-touch building areas;
- hand sanitizer stations made available throughout the facility and event floor;
- disinfecting footbaths maintained at main entrances of exhibitor floor area;
- encouraging physical/social distancing measures where appropriate; and
- providing onsite COVID-19 rapid testing for visitors traveling to countries requiring negative COVID-19 results for entry, in addition to other measures.
“We have almost 1,200 exhibitors with more than 520,000 square feet of exhibit space. Registration is also continuing to show momentum. We currently are at 70% of registered attendance, compared to the 2020 IPPE; and our room block is 85% of 2020 hotel bookings. We expect attendance to be around 70-80% for IPPE, which is in line with similar industry events. Therefore, even under the current circumstances, we are confident that attendees and exhibitors will experience a valuable 2022 IPPE,” said IPPE show management.
Further information about IPPE’s safety measures can be found here.
The 2022 IPPE will be held Jan. 25-27 and is a combination of three events: the International Feed Expo, International Poultry Expo and International Meat Expo. IPPE is sponsored by USPOULTRY, the American Feed Industry Association and the North American Meat Institute.