(ATLANTA) January 28, 2016
The International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) celebrated 40 years at the Georgia World Congress Center with a record-setting show Jan. 31-Feb. 2.
The world’s largest annual poultry, meat and feed industry event of its kind, the 2016 IPPE featured more than 1,300 exhibitors, setting a new record. “We have more exhibitors than we’ve ever had,” said Nath Morris, IPPE’s General Manager. “This isn’t an off-year.”
Staged in the GWCC’s exhibit halls A and B, the expo utilized 465,000-square-feet of exhibit space with an estimated attendance of 29,000.
In addition, more than 300 of IPPE’s exhibitors hailed from international locales, there were a record number of international attendees (7,280) representing 141 countries, and the GWCC buzzed with the chatter of global languages. Comprised of three integrated trade shows – International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo and International Meat Expo – IPPE attracts a wide range of international decision-makers who attend to network and learn about the latest technological advancements as well as issues facing the industry.
With an estimated 25 percent of attendees coming from outside of the U.S., IPPE offered a variety of international services, including buyer matching, translation services, import-export counseling, and an education program presented entirely in Spanish.
IPPE is one of the longest-running shows held at the GWCC and has been staged here every year since 1977.
“Forty years is monumental,” said GWCC General Manager Mark Zimmerman. “IPPE is like family. The fact that they’ve made Atlanta home is very big for all of us.”
The expo’s direct economic impact to the state of Georgia is an estimated $39,490,000, with conventioneers filling downtown and metro hotel rooms, using local transportation outfits, eating at Atlanta-area restaurants, patronizing nearby attractions and utilizing other services.