ATLANTA, GA - Feb. 08, 2011 -- The 2011 International Poultry Expo and International Feed Expo drew 20,742 poultry and feed industry leaders from all over the world. Sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and the American Feed Industry Association, the annual Expo is the world's largest poultry and feed industry event of its kind and has consistently been one of the top 100 trade shows in the United States.
This year's attendance surpassed the 2010 figure of 18,896. International visitors from 102 nations totaled 4,371, a 13% increase over 2010. Other than the United States, the largest group from a single country was Canada with 767 visitors. The largest region represented was Latin America and the Caribbean with 1,951 visitors.
"The number of attendees on the exhibit floor was up this year," remarked 2011 USPOULTRY chairman Gary Cooper, Cooper Farms, Oakwood, OH. "In fact, we were up in both attendees and exhibitors from last year. I think everyone is pleased with the great turn-out at the Expo."
The 14+ acre exhibit floor was the central attraction. With more than 900 exhibitors displaying the most current innovations in equipment, supplies, and services, attendees were able to see and experience all aspects of the poultry industry pertaining to the production and processing of poultry, eggs, and feed products. All phases of the poultry and feed industry were represented, from feed and poultry production and processing, to further processing and packaging.
Helping drive the attendance, a diverse selection of education sessions kept industry management up-to-date on current issues. This year’s line-up included 10 sessions: the long-standing International Poultry Scientific Forum, Hatchery-Breeder Clinic, Pet Food Conference, Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit, Salmonella and Campylobacter Reduction Conference, AFIA International Feed Education Program, USPOULTRY Fall Protection Safety Workshop, Nutrient Management Plan Workshop, USPOULTRY Education Program, and the Market Intelligence Forum.
This year’s International Poultry Scientific Forum (IPSF) had nearly 1,200 attendees. The IPSF is an annual meeting that allows information exchange and stimulates scientific research in poultry related topics, including pathology and environment, nutrition, physiology, and processing and products. IPSF is sponsored by the Southern Poultry Science Society, Southern Conference on Avian Diseases, and U.S. Poultry& Egg Association.
The Pet Food Conference was also very well received again this year with over 250 attendees. AFIA's Pet Food Conference covered a variety of topics from regulatory to technical aspects of production to product claims, marketing and nutrition.
New for this year, the Hatchery-Breeder Clinic drew over 300 attendees and examined rising hatching costs, along with a range of other current industry topics. Also new, the Salmonella and Campylobacter Reduction Conference had over 400 attendees and examined changes in industry practices, as well as, shared updates on research and policy initiatives.
Over 900 exhibitors, new product launches, education sessions, organization meetings, TechXChange sessions on a variety of industry-specific topics, publisher-sponsored programs, and unmatched networking opportunities made the 2011 International Poultry Expo and International Feed Expo the global marketplace for the poultry and feed industry.
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is an all-feather organization representing the complete spectrum of today’s poultry industry, with a focus on serving member companies through research funding, education, communication, and technical assistance. Founded in 1947, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is based in Tucker, GA.