Alberta Companies Attend International Production Processing Exposition

  From the May 1, 2017 Issue of Agri-News
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 Eight Alberta companies recently attended International Production Processing Exposition (IPPE) that took place in Atlanta, Georgia. IPPE, the world's largest annual feed, meat and poultry industry event, is a collaboration of three shows - International Feed Expo, International Meat Expo and the International Poultry Expo - representing the entire chain of protein production and processing. This year’s show attracted 1,273 exhibitors and drew more than 31,000 visitors from over 129 countries.

Alberta’s contingent at IPPE included Burnbrae Farms, Canadian Bio-Systems, CB Constantini, Dutrion North America, Great Northern Grain Terminals, Legal Alfalfa, NSC Minerals, NutriSource. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) provided Alberta companies with a cost-shared travel support, business-to-business matchmaking program (with US/international clients) and a market education seminar developed in collaboration with the Canadian Consulate in Atlanta.

“This was the first time that AF had an organized presence at the show,” says Dusan Rnjak, AF trade relations officer. “We know that many Alberta companies have attended IPPE in the past on their own so this was a great opportunity to visit the show together, explore opportunities for our animal feed suppliers, collect market intelligence and learn about the latest trends affecting the animal food industry and meat processing sectors.” Participating Alberta companies reported estimated future sales of over C$2 million as a result of the show attendance.

According to the American Feed Industry Association, animal feed in the US is used to feed 9.6 billion food producing animals as well as 70 million dogs and 74 million cats. Corn is still predominantly used as a raw material in the US feed products, followed by wheat, oats, barley and other crops (soybean, sorghum, etc.).

The US is Alberta’s largest export market for agriculture and agri-food products, totaling C$4.06 billion in 2016.

If you are interested in learning more about opportunities in the US market, contact Dusan Rnjak.

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This information published to the web on April 20, 2017.