Annual Meat Conference Sets Lineup for Orlando Event

WASHINGTON - The popular Product Tasting Reception and Tech Fair Luncheon showcasing meat and poultry products and new technologies will be among the featured events at the 2005 Annual Meat Conference, March 6 to March 8 at the Caribe Royale Resort & Conference Center in Orlando, Fla.

The Product Tasting Reception will be held March 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., while the Tech Fair Luncheon is also slated for Monday, March 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Tech Fair Luncheon offers lunch with booths around the perimeter, featuring equipment, packaging, labeling, and ingredient technology. More than 30 exhibits were featured at last year's luncheon.

The Product Tasting Reception showcases innovative meat and poultry products. At the event last year, more than 40 companies served products.

Co-sponsored by the American Meat Institute and the Food Marketing Institute, the conference is the premier educational opportunity for retailers and meat and poultry companies, covering trends and issues affecting meat and poultry sales, marketing, and profitability.

This year's conference highlights include:

-General session with keynote speaker Larry Winget, author of Wall Street Journal business bestseller "Shut Up, Stop Whining and Get a Life";

-"Food, Wine and the Joys of Marketing Your Product," featuring leading gourmands discussing the hottest trends in meat, poultry, wine, and cross-merchandising;

-A choice of three retail tours, an irradiation facility, or a 'behind-the-scenes' look at Disney food operations;

-Twelve educational seminars offered in three concurrent sessions.

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