AAMP Returns to South Carolina for Annual Convention

AAMP's annual convention and trade show to take place July 13-15 at the Charleston Area Convention Center.
The American Association of Meat Processors is returning to Charleston, SC, to enjoy its beaches, taste its excellent food, and gather for its annual convention and trade show. The 84th American Convention of Meat Processors & Suppliers' Exhibition will take place July 13-15 at the Charleston Area Convention Center.

AAMP's annual convention is geared toward U.S., Canadian, and foreign operators of small and very small firms in the meat, poultry & food business: packers, processors, wholesalers, HRI, retailers, caterers, deli operators, home food service dealers, and catalog marketers. AAMP last hosted its annual convention in Charleston in 2013, and the association is very excited about returning to the Palmetto State once again! Home to storied streets, picture-perfect beaches, a can't-be-beat cultural scene, and mouth-watering meals that ensure the city tastes as good as it looks, Charleston remains a much-loved destination for history buffs, sun seekers, art lovers and foodies alike. With opportunities to unwind, go back in time, or sightsee from sun-up to sunset, there are endless ways to soak up all that this special city has to offer.

Attendees to the Convention will find a busy schedule, but one that includes plenty of opportunities for networking, socializing and sightseeing. A day-long Pre-Convention Workshop on July 12 will include a “virtual bus tour” of several member facilities from around the country, and a series of presentations from AAMP processor members about profitable and efficient business practices. Additionally, AAMP will host an FSIS roundtable discussion with senior FSIS leaders about industry issues. Other USDA agencies will participate to highlight USDA grant and loan opportunities to expand meat and poultry processing capacity. The pre-convention workshop is free to all convention attendees; lunch is available for pre-purchase.

The Convention begins at 8:00am on Thursday, July 13. The keynote speaker for the welcoming session will be Oliver Lee Mincey, co-founder of S+O Coaching. Oliver has led several webinars for AAMP on the topics of finding, onboarding and engaging employees. He is an accomplished executive team and business leader with more than 20 years of Operations Management and Human Resources experience primarily in the hospitality, food & beverage, and location-based entertainment industries. His webinars helped energize and inspire attendees, and we are thrilled to bring him to our members for a live talk. Oliver will also lead an education session on “HR and Other Wild Topics.”

Throughout the convention, attendees will be able to learn from industry experts, their peers, and AAMP staff in a series of educational sessions. Among the topics to be discussed at these sessions include deer processing, sanitation practices, social media, grants, flavor trends, processing equipment and pet treats. A full schedule of events is available in the Convention Magazine, located on the AAMP Convention page at The sold-out trade show floor will feature processing and packaging machinery, spices, casings, software and other valuable equipment, supplies, and services. If you are a processor looking for ways to improve your product quality or your production efficiency, you will find solutions at our trade show.

In addition to the educational opportunities, AAMP has multiple chances for attendees to relax, have fun, network, and even check out the beach! Our Thursday Night Event takes place at the Citadel Beach Club, Isle of Palms, SC. This five-acre, beachfront venue will host dinner and drinks inside and outside. The huge wrap-around porch will give some great photo opportunities for you and hundreds of your closest meat processing family. Bring your swimsuit and towel for the beach. There are plenty of showers and bathroom facilities available as well. This event requires a separate ticket and is $25 per adult, $10 for children ages 5-11 and free for children 4 and under.

One of the highlights of the annual Convention is the American Cured Meat Championships (ACMC), the largest national cured meats event in the country. Processors bring their best sausages, jerky, hams, turkeys, bacon and other cured meat products to see how they stack up against tough competition. There are a total of 29 classes of products, including this year's featured class, Specialty Loaf Product. You won't want to miss the opportunity to enter products from your place of business for the chance to take home a Cured Meat Championships plaque for a Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, Champion, or Reserve Champion placing. The product taking top marks in the competition will receive the coveted ‘Clarence Knebel Best of Show Memorial Award.' The plant that competes the best overall throughout the entire ACMC will receive the ‘Cured Meats Excellence Award.'

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