Washington, D.C.—The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) and FMI have canceled the 2022 Annual Meat Conference (AMC) “out of respect for the health of their communities,” according to a press release, and out of consideration for the amount of work that the associations’ respective members are putting into their operations. The conference was originally scheduled February 7 – February 9.
“The purpose of AMC is to bring together retailers and the meat and poultry industry,” said NAMI President and CEO Julie Anna Potts. “Like the meat and poultry industry, many of our partners in retail are experiencing significant operational and supply chain challenges. At this time, attending an in-person conference is difficult which diminishes the value of the event for all participants.”
A full refund will be issued to all attendees, exhibitors and sponsors, and event coordinators will cancel hotel reservations on behalf of registered attendees.
“Our community is prioritizing the health of its people and operations so that we will be able to continue to serve the shopper,” commented FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin, “but we are committed to sharing additional category insights with our audiences throughout the year.”
NAMI and FMI, partnering with Sealed Air, will host a virtual discussion series regarding The Power of Meat analysis. The three-part series will begin February 7. The analysis will be free to members of NAMI and FMI and to previously registered attendees. Registration will be available via the conference website and in a follow-up communication to previously registered attendees.