FBA Issue 7: March / April 2006
No fanfare, just opportunities and lessons at IPE 2006
by Irena JOSOEB
UNLIKE most other industry trade shows, the 58th International Poultry Expo at Atlanta, Georgia, started rather low-key, without the usual ribbon-cutting ceremonies, guests of honour, or welcome speeches.
But what it promised to offer were plenty of opportunities for the international poultry community to get to know one another. This year's expo at the Georgia World Congress Centre showcased 16 acres of ground and 830 exhibitors, 20 percent of whom hailed from 95 countries according to US Poultry and Egg Association (USPOULTRY).
About 18,000 attendees were estimated to have visited the expo held from Jan 25 to 27 as did the year before, USPOULTRY added, despite concerns of a global bird flu threat stalling participation.
And even with the all-important Lunar New Year drawing near, four Chinese companies were present this year's show. Breaking into the international market, particularly the US and South America, was the main motive cited among four Chinese exhibitors¡ªShanghai Sunwin Chemicals, Shandong NB Group, Guangzhou Tanke Industry and GuangZhou Wisdom Feed Technology.
Trends in US poultry
Judging from the strong showing at talks at the IPE, expanding the international market and dealing with bird flu are two issues closest to the heart of the US poultry industry.
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