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AAMP plans pre-convention activities

These events include a bus tour of Nebraska meat processors, a trip to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Meat Lab, and a spouse tour with some outstanding Nebraska shopping opportunities.
The American Association of Meat Processors' annual convention in Omaha, NE, takes place from August 1-3. However, for those attendees who are in town a day early, AAMP has planned a slate of fun and educational pre-convention activities. These events, which require a separate ticket to attend, include a bus tour of Nebraska meat processors, a trip to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Meat Lab, and a spouse tour that will feature some outstanding Nebraska shopping opportunities.

Bus Tour
AAMP's Bus Tour will take convention attendees to four unique businesses. You'll visit with a small Nebraska processor in Oakland, see a large corporate processing facility at Lincoln Premium Poultry, explore a wonderful, recently expanded medium-sized processor in Wahoo, and test your senses at an innovative seasoning company, International Spices.
  • Lincoln Premium Poultry was founded by Costco in 2016 and began operations in 2019.  Processing 2 million birds a week, the LPP product supplies approximately 1/3 of Costco's United States needs for fresh poultry, including the famous $4.99 Costco rotisserie chicken.  With approximately 1200 team members across a plant, hatchery, feed mill, corporate, and live operations, Lincoln Premium Poultry has established itself as a leading poultry company with a focus on a quality work environment where people grow and thrive.
  • International Spices is a custom dry blending and packaging operation. It custom formulates seasonings, rubs, marinades etc. to meet the needs of its customers, and packages to spec.
  • Wahoo Locker is a 25,000-square-foot, USDA-inspected, family-owned, meat processing plant in Wahoo, NE, 30 minutes west of Omaha. Wahoo Locker slaughters and does custom meat processing, as well as further processing, co-packing, wild game processing, catering, and has a full retail and kitchen store. The plant was expanded in 2016 and 2019. In 2023 a new 3,000-square-foot warehouse was built onsite to supply 5 new retail stores added in surrounding cities.
  • Oakland Processing Plant is a local business that specializes in custom butchering for hogs and beef. The company prides itself on forming long-lasting relationships with its clients and developing a personal connection with each and every one of its customers, by providing quality service.
 
A Day at UNL
Join us at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Loeffel Meat Lab as we get “Back to the Basics and Into the Future” of meat processing. This 1-day short course will integrate the fundamentals of meat processing as well as innovative cutting and processing techniques aimed at appealing to today's modern consumers. Attendees will watch demos on beef cutting, pork cutting, marination, bold burgers and whole-muscle cuts. The goal of the program is to show modern techniques and flavor development to give you new ideas to take back to your shop. The “ten-deer-loin” demo, for instance, will show how to make whole muscle cuts from beef, pork, and deer meat trim utilizing unique processing and formulation methods. Double the amount of back strap, whole muscle deer bacon, low-cost steaks and fajitas, and more will be produced in a hands-on demonstration.
 
Spouse Tour
Spend the day getting to know our fabulous host city! The bus will depart from the Hilton Omaha no later than 9:30am and travel to Nebraska Crossing, an 80+ store outlet mall with all the big brands you love. After a few hours of shopping, we will have lunch at Uptown Saloon in Greenwood then tour Baker's Candies, Nebraska's largest candy outlet. Bakers is family-owned and operated. The plant annually produces more than ½ million pounds of superlative quality meltaways each year. Baker's currently utilizes four fully automated production lines capable of producing more than 2,000 pounds of its signature meltaways each day. After Baker's, our last stop will be at Soaring Wings Vineyard in Springfield for a tasting. Soaring Wings is a family-owned operation that has won over 300 medals at competitions worldwide. The bus will arrive back at the Hilton Omaha by 4:30pm. (NOTE: This trip is only for attendees aged 21 and over.)
 
There are a limited amount of bus seats available for these events, so AAMP advises interested attendees to purchase their tickets for the trips as soon as possible. You can purchase the tickets when registering for the convention at https://www.aamp.com/aamp-convention. Contact us at aamp@aamp.com with any questions.

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