General Show Questions

The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is a collaboration of three shows - International Feed Expo, International Meat Expo and the International Poultry Expo - representing the entire chain of protein production and processing. The event is sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association, North American Meat Institute and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. The show brings together more than 30,000 attendees from over 120 countries.
IPPE is held annually in Atlanta, Ga., U.S.A., at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), which is located at 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313.
IPPE is the annual flagship event for the meat, poultry and feed industries. This single event offers the largest variety of education and interactive exhibits for everyone from feed to fork, in the egg, poultry and meat industries. Attendees include representatives from all over the world including operation and plant managers, purchasing agents, engineers, and researchers from the world's top feed, meat processing and packing and poultry companies.
The 2018 IPPE will have more than 1,150 exhibitors showcasing the latest technology and innovations from around the world. View the list of exhibitors or search by product category here.
  • 2018: Jan. 30 - Feb. 1
  • 2019: Feb. 12 - 14
  • 2020: Jan. 28 - 30
IPPE is the only trade show that gives back 100 percent of its revenues to the industry. Sponsoring organizations use the revenues to provide critical research, education, crisis management assistance, public relations and regulatory assistance for your business.

Logistics

Atlanta is home to the world's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL), which makes it easy to get to IPPE from almost any corner of the world. Check the IPPE website for Delta discounts to Atlanta. For those looking to drive, Atlanta is also accessible by a number of interstates including I-75, I-85 and I-20.
Experient is the official hotel provider for IPPE. Attendees receive special discounts at convention hotels throughout the city. Reservations can be made here during or after registration.
Some hotels are within walking distance of the GWCC. Hotels that are more than a walk away in the IPPE block are serviced by IPPE shuttles. The MARTA rail system is a quick option for getting to the show if you are located in the Midtown, Buckhead and Perimeter areas of Atlanta or from the airport. Ride-share companies, like Uber and Lyft, are readily accessible at hotels, restaurants and the Georgia World Congress Center. A transportation guide with hotel specific information is also available on the IPPE website.
Parking is available for $16.95 a day in the red lot (near B-building) and the gold lot (near C-building). Discounted advanced parking tickets can be purchased from the Georgia World Congress Center website.
A free shuttle service is offered from the GWCC to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on the last day of the Expo. The shuttle will begin after 3 p.m. on Thursday and will run until 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Look for the shuttle signage outside of the C-Building on the Northside Drive entrance.
Shuttles to most IPPE block hotels will load and drop off outside of C-Building on Northside Drive.
January is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with the daily temperature ranging around 53°F throughout the month, rarely exceeding 66°F or dropping below 39°F.

Registration

Online registration prior to Dec. 31 is $50. Starting Jan. 1, the cost of registration increases to $100. Companies who are members of the American Feed Industry Association, the North American Meat Institute or U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, who process meat, poultry and eggs or manufacture animal feed or pet food, may qualify for the "Members to Atlanta (M2A)" program that provides free registration. Select your company when registering to see if you qualify.

Online registration prior to Dec. 31 is $50. Starting Jan. 1, the cost of registration increases to $100. Companies who are members of the American Feed Industry Association, the North American Meat Institute or U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, who process meat, poultry and eggs or manufacture animal feed or pet food, may qualify for the "Members to Atlanta (M2A)" program that provides free registration. Select your company when registering to see if you qualify.

Exhibitors and attendees are encouraged to preregister online. Registration is available online for the 2018 IPPE. Register before Jan. 1, 2018, to receive a 50 percent discount and avoid the lines of onsite registration.
More than 140 hours of educational programing are offered during IPPE. Some non-fee based education programs are included with your registration. Fee-based programs can be added during the registration process or onsite.
IPPE does not offer refunds, name or company changes.
Media can request access to attend IPPE through the following link. Scroll down to "Exhibitor Services" and click on the "gvenable@uspoultry.org" email address.
No. Everyone who is of walking age is required to wear a badge and parents are responsible for their children. We do offer complimentary youth registration and complimentary student registration with a valid student ID.
For those who register online you can bring your registration confirmation or have it available on your smart phone upon arriving at IPPE. Proceed to the scan and go (red) area to scan and print your badge. M2A registrants will have their badges mailed to them. Exhibitors with registrations of 10 or more can select to have their badges mailed, and the badges are mailed as a group to the contact person. If you do not receive your badge by mail, you will be emailed your confirmation and can use it to pick your badge up at the GWCC during the following times.

  • Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, from 1-5 p.m.
  • Monday Jan. 29, from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 1, from 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

You may also use your confirmation to pick up your badge at the Marriott Marquis on Monday, Jan. 29, from 6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

International

To obtain a visa to visit IPPE, you need to contact the embassy in your country.
Letters of invitation are available online during the registration process. Once your registration is completed and processed, you will receive your letter of invitation and registration confirmation by email. IPPE does not send letters to embassies or other individuals on your behalf.
Stop by a GWCC information booth in the B-Lobby or C-Lobby, where attendants will have listings of nearby places to exchange money based on the currency you have.
The International Business Center is located in the A/B Connector at the GWCC. Staff is on hand to help facilitate purchasing. Meeting rooms, translators and a directory of exporters is also available in the International Business Center.
Translators will be located at the Information Center in the B-Building and C-Building lobbies, as well as at the International Business Center, located in the connector between Halls A and B. IPPE Ambassadors will also be available. They are multi-lingual personnel located in the lobbies of the IPPE. They are typically wearing vests and carry hand-held signs that say, "ASK ME." They provide help in locating meeting rooms and services for attendees.

During the Show

  • Tue., Jan. 30: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wed., Jan. 31: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thur., Feb. 1: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Both halls have exhibits for processing/packaging and feed/production.
You can search for IPPE exhibitors through Map Your Show. The Watt International Directory Guide and the IPPE Pocket Planner also have exhibitor listings, and this information will be offered at the show. The IPPE mobile makes it very easy to search and find exhibitors and map your course to the booth of your choice. The IPPE mobile app will be available in November through iTunes and Google Play.
Food and beverages are available for purchase throughout the GWCC. Food trucks will also be located outside the GWCC during IPPE.
An agenda for show events can be found on the IPPE website as well as in the IPPE Pocket Planner, Watt IPPE Directory Guide and IPPE mobile app.
Coat and baggage storage is available all three days of the show inside of the registration hall in the B-Building and in the lobby (next to the gift shop) in the C-Building. Items can be held for $3 per item.
If you lose your badge, return to the registration area in the B or C lobbies where you will find the lost badge desk. There will be a charge of $10 to reprint your badge. Badges are required for show floor access.
Conveniently located in the B-Building and C-Building entrance lobbies, FedEx business center offer copies, computer rentals, document finishing and shipping. Wheelchair and scooter rentals are available at the FedEx in the B-Building lobby.
Charging stations will be located randomly throughout the main lobbies of B-Building and C-Building.
Wi-Fi accessibility is available at no charge on the exhibit floors. In the lobbies and general meeting areas of GWCC, there is a fee for use. Select ippe18 network for the free Wi-Fi connection in the exhibit halls; security key is ippe18.
Tickets to the Welcome Reception at the Georgia Aquarium are free, but must be picked up in B-Building and C-Building lobbies at the Welcome Reception ticket booth. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting on Monday at noon and Tuesday at 10 a.m.