March 14, 2006


USMEF to show US meat export profitability at upcoming meeting

Press release


US meat exporters wanting to increase their export potential and international buyers anxious to find US meat suppliers will profit from the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Board of Directors Meeting & International Buyers Conference from May 24 to 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada.


At the board of directors' meeting, Keith Nunes, executive director of MEAT&POULTRY magazine, will discuss trends he sees affecting the meat industry in the next decade.


Nunes has served as an editor with MEAT&POULTRY magazine for 15 years, and has covered many aspects of the meat business in North America.


The international buyers conference Thursday May 25 is designed to help international buyers identify profitability and benefits of US meat. One session will discuss economics, such as price, supply and demand of using US meat. Another session will show attendees how to make better use of versatile US beef and pork value cuts, including a cutting and cooking demonstration by chefs using the value cuts.


A showcase featuring products from US meat exporters will cap off the day for international buyers by introducing them to US meat suppliers, who can show them products onsite and answer any questions.


Also Thursday May 25, the future direction of the US beef and pork industries will be discussed at committee meetings, and a town hall meeting will provide a forum for conference attendees to ask questions. USMEF staff will be on hand to address marketing programmes, new market developments and trade issues.


USMEF Chairman John Bellinger will chair the business session Friday May 26 where updates will be provided by representatives from the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service, National Pork Board, Cattlemen's Beef Board and American Lamb Board.


The US Meat Export Federation is the trade association responsible for developing international markets for the US red meat industry and is funded by USDA, exporting companies, and the beef, pork, lamb, corn, sorghum and soybean checkoff programmes.


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