Registration is now open for the Annual Meat Conference, slated for March 9-11, 2008, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville, Tenn. It is considered the leading educational event focusing on meat and poultry marketing developments, merchandising issues and consumer purchasing trends. The American Meat Institute and the Food Marketing Institute will host the event.

Sponsors for the conference include the American Lamb Board, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the National Chicken Council & U.S Poultry and Egg Association, the National Pork Board and the National Turkey Federation.

This year’s conference will focus on selling strategies, operational efficiencies, packaging, marketing, technology and workforce issues. General session topics include customer loyalty, and an in-depth look at meat through the customers’ eyes. Workshops will focus on important topics such as regulatory compliance, animal welfare, grilling trends, environmental sustainability, electronic marketing and new ways to increase sales.

The 2008 conference will feature the popular Product Tasting Reception on Monday, March 10. Nearly 50 meat and poultry companies showcase newly developed products and brand line extensions to a retail buyer audience.

Advance registration for the conference is $595 per person. On-site registration is $695 per person. Non-member registration is $1,290 per person. The complete conference program, as well as a registration form, may be accessed by logging onto at www.MeatConference.com.

Source: AMI