Editor’s note: What follows is coverage of the AMI 2011 Expo as written by the editors of The National Provisioner for the show’s daily publication, distributed to attendees electronically each day of the show.

The AMI 2011 Expo attracted more than 360 exhibitors and 6,000 industry leaders to Chicago in April. Recently separated from the Dairy Expo, the show’s overall attendance numbers disappointed some, but most exhibitors were satisfied with the true quality of the audience. A final audited list of more than 1,600 decision-makers and influencers on the show floor was shared with all exhibitors.

There was a positive buzz amongst AMI members — all are thrilled at the prospect of being with FMI, United Fresh and the NASDA shows in 2012. AMI has taken the first steps to develop an international food processing show in North America — one that brings equipment, processors and retailers into one place at one time. And we know this is just the beginning.

Early sales numbers, as well as exhibitor and attendee surveys, confirm that the new approach AMI is taking with the annual spring show is just what our industry needs. Reduced rates, inclusive drayage programs, a new city and new co-location partners are moving the show in a new and 
re-energized direction that will ensure AMI continues to host the industry’s premier convention and expo.

Anne K. Halal, CEM, is vice president, Convention and Exposition Services, 
for the American Meat Institute. For more information, contact her 
at AHalal@meatami.com or (202) 587-4230.