The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) announced details for two technology-focused free education programs at the 2018 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE), scheduled to take place January 30 - February 1, 2018, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

The “Robotics in the Meat and Poultry Industry: Putting Technology to Work” session will examine the current status and future direction of robotics in the meat and poultry industry, and will include a panel discussion with processors who are already implementing these technologies.  The workshop, which will take place Wednesday, January 31, from 8 to 10 a.m., will feature Clyde Campbell, regional director, Scott Automation and Robotics, and Craig Souser, president, JLS Automation. 

Meanwhile, the “Packaging Trends and Technologies” education session will explore the most significant trends in packaging at the consumer level, and will address how these trends affect decisions in meat and poultry purchasing and influence consumer behavior.  Packaging experts will discuss the latest technologies employed by the meat and poultry industry, and will advise processors about factors they should consider to maximize quality, efficiency and sustainability.  Session speakers include Lynn Dornblaser, director of innovation and insight, Mintel; Matt Malott, vice president, sales and marketing, Multivac USA; John Kearney, market manager, meat and dairy shrink products, fresh meat, national accounts, business development, Bemis Company, Inc.; and Jay Wilson, vice president of marketing, Food Care North America, Sealed Air Corporation.  The program is slated for Thursday, February 1, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.   

For more information about these sessions and to register to attend IPPE, visit  

Source: NAMI