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IPPE Digital Week is Jan. 25-29 as COVID-19
pandemic leads to cancellation of in-person event

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ith the number of COVID-19 cases rising
sharply in the United States, organizers of
the International Production and Processing
Expo (IPPE) have decided to cancel the annual in-person event in Atlanta, Georgia, US, in 2021 and will inVWHDGR൵HUDYLUWXDOSURJUDPWKDWZLOOLQFOXGHH[KLELWRU
engagement and educational opportunities.
IPPE Digital Week will be Jan. 25-29.
Organizers said the decision to cancel the in-person
event was based on numerous factors, including extensive surveys, direct feedback from the industries
involved and their stakeholders, as well as the expected
decrease in participation due to the pandemic.
" For many decades our industries have engaged
in an in-person event to serve and connect leaders in
networking, learning opportunities and experiencing
new technology, " the IPPE show management said.
" However, we concluded that due to the challenges of
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the type of experience the industries have come to expect by bringing key decision-makers from across the
globe to Atlanta. "
At the 2020 event, there were 8,063 international
visitors from 129 countries. The largest group from a
single country outside the U.S. was Canada with 1,176
visitors. The largest region represented included the
Caribbean, Latin America, Mexico and South America
with 3,334 visitors. The Expo routinely draws more
than 30,000 delegates and more than 1,300 exhibitors.
It is the world's largest annual feed, meat and poultry
industry event of its kind and is one of the 30 largest
trade shows in the United States. IPPE is sponsored by
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the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, American Feed
Industry Association (AFIA) and North American
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ing the upcoming virtual event will be the AFIA's free
education program, from 3 to 5 p.m. (eastern standard
time) on Jan. 28. The free program will focus on regulatory topics impacting the feed industry. AFIA will
also hold a virtual pet food conference, which is a paid
program from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 26. For more
information about AFIA educational programming,
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the Latin American Poultry Summit, and Market
Intelligence Program.
" We are replicating the elements that can deliver the
most value in a digital environment, " IPPE show management said. " While we know we cannot simply transfer the live, in-person experience of IPPE to an online
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exhibitor marketplace showcase with direct communication options with industry suppliers in addition to online
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an in-person event in 2021, we look forward to the global
poultry, egg, meat and animal food industries returning
to Atlanta for what is expected to be a much anticipated
IPPE, scheduled Jan. 25-27, 2022. "
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