International Poultry Expo marks 65 years of industry service

Expansion leads to integrated International Production & Processing Expo

The International Poultry Expo is celebrating 65 years of tradeshow service to the poultry and egg industry.

Sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, the first “poultry convention” was attended by 200 poultry men in Atlanta in 1948. Suppliers in the early years exhibited in the halls of the convention hotel. The first “poultry exposition” was held in January 1951. With approximately 2,000 attendees and 67 exhibiting companies, the exposition began its run of steadily growing and expanding year after year to become what is today’s annual International Poultry Expo.

Over the years, the International Poultry Expo has expanded to incorporate other areas of related production and processing. In 2007, the American Feed Industry Association signed an agreement to co-locate the International Feed Expo with the International Poultry Expo; and in 2013, the International Poultry Expo will expand even further with the addition of American Meat Institute’s International Meat Expo.

The International Production & Processing Expo is the new umbrella name for the three integrated tradeshows, and it will be one of the 50 largest tradeshows in the U.S. The entire tradeshow, which will be held Jan. 29–31, 2013, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., is expected to include more than 1,000 exhibitors and 400,000 net square feet of exhibit space. The show is expected to bring over 25,000 industry leaders from over 100 countries.