Despite the short-lived tornado that struck the CNN-Phillip Arena-Georges World Convention Centre around midday on day two, it was already evident that the addition this year of the American Meat Institute (AMI) to form a triumvirate of processing organisations with the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the US Poultry and Egg Association to form the new International Production and Processing Exposition (IPPE), was already on the way to a great success.
The show sees the filling of both Halls A and B to capacity at the Georgia World Congress Centre and the visitors had much to see and do despite the odd bucket that had been strategically placed to catch drips from leaks in the roof.
After an initially quiet first morning for IPPE, the end of day one and the morning of day two proved very popular. Exhibitors enjoyed a steady flow of guests with the crowds being more diverse than last year in our view, and with a healthy stream of Latin and African visitors.
While meat and poultry exhibitors were presented in either the live production and processing, live production or live poultry production areas, feed-related exhibitors maintained their own section of Hall A and drew together ingredient, equipment and other suppliers. It was a great display of the diversity of feed manufacturing essentials!
From GFMT's point-of-view the show has yielded many new contacts both in terms of new readers, subscribers and contributors to our pages. We were fortunate enough to have a team of three in Atlanta for the event. Our Spanish-language editions (of both GFMT and International Aquafeed) were well received as was the International Milling Directory.
The Global Miller congratulates the organisers on a great event and looks forward to next year's offering.
|Dr Mian Riaz of Texas A&M University, a contributor to both International Aquafeed and GFMT, visited our stand on day two to meet with Roger Gilbert|