The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) announced details for four additional free education programs at the 2019 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), scheduled to take place Feb. 12-14, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga.

The How to Prepare for the Blockchain Revolution session, scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, will examine the meat industry’s readiness for the proliferation of blockchain technology and the practical applications of its use in the meat supply chain. Attendees will learn about supply chain visibility process flows and will discuss early findings from blockchain pilot programs. Speakers include Geri Kelley, director, IT application, food safety and quality assurance, Tyson Foods, Inc., and Kevin Otto, senior director, industry development, foodservice, GS1 US.

NAMI will host the Functional Ingredients in Meat and Poultry Processing education session, Thursday, Feb. 14, from 8 to 10 a.m. The two-hour workshop will highlight existing functional ingredients that can be used in meat and poultry processing to improve product quality, palatability, shelf life and safety. The session also will underscore clean label and meat product formulation trends. Featured speakers include: Amanda King, technical manager, Kemin Food Technologies; Klaus Kreuzner, director of sales and marketing, WTI Inc.; Benjy Mikel, director of business development and technical services, John R. White Company; Brian Smith, director, business development – food ingredients, Hawkins, Inc.; and Rodrigo Tarte, assistant professor, Iowa State University.

The International Trade Issues and Impacts on U.S. Agriculture workshop will review the current state of international trade and how trade policies are affecting the meat industry – from grain and feed to live animals and their products. The session, which will take place from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, will cover the impact of the trade environment on business growth and opportunity to better inform attendees’ approach to strategic planning and risk management in the year ahead. Peter Rohde, senior member, Informa’s Agribusiness Intelligence - IEG Vantage Client Advisor, and David Williams, vice president, Informa Economics IEG, will lead the session.

Meanwhile, the Succession Planning in Family Business session will share insights to help participants determine who is fit to lead a family business in the next generation and will describe instances when families should consider exploring options to sell their company or invest in outside management. The session also will provide opportunities for interaction and discussion to facilitate the sharing of best practices and ideas. Dave Miniat, CEO and chairman of the Board, Ed Miniat, LLC; Larry Odom, past chairman and former CEO, Odom’s Tennessee Pride Sausage; Kelly Green, president, Birko Corporation; Brad Clemens, senior vice president, Clemens Food Group; and Drew Mendoza, managing principal, The Family Business Consulting Group, will speak during the session, which will take place Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

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Source: NAMI