The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is working hard to provide an in-person trade show in January 2021 for our attendees and exhibitors, and we are taking every measure for a safe and successful show experience. We are working in collaboration with our hosts at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), a state entity with extraordinary depth of knowledge on how to maintain a safe and secure trade show environment and with direct access to the most up-to-date governmental guidance at all levels. The GWCC is the first convention center in the United States to achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention. To achieve GBAC STAR accreditation, the GWCC demonstrated compliance with the program's 20 elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures.
Our collaboration will also extend to all show partners and vendors. We will monitor the recommendations of the CDC, WHO, state and local authorities and adjust the onsite operations as new guidance comes out and conditions change.
Questions and Answers About the 2021 IPPE (as of 08/13/2020)
Will IPPE host its 2021 show?
IPPE is a critical part of the poultry, feed and meat industry's continuing development, offering timely and important information and an efficient way for producers and processors to find solutions our businesses need to continue operations, especially during a pandemic. We are making plans to meet in-person and are aware of the challenges hosting an event this size can bring during a pandemic. We will proceed in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and state and local authorities to implement pandemic-mitigating procedures. We will coordinate with our facility partners at GWCC, hotels in our official block, vendors, transportation and service providers. We will continue to adjust the onsite operations as new guidance comes out and conditions inevitably change.
What will IPPE do regarding the safety and security of the 2021 show and conference environments?
Each trade show and each convention facility are unique. We will continue to monitor best practices and guidance from the CDC, WHO, local health authorities. We will use the most current information to adjust our usual operations to incorporate the latest guidance and best practices governing large-scale events. That monitoring and adjustment comes in collaboration with the Georgia World Congress Center leadership team. The GWCC has become the first convention center in the United States to achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention. The GBAC STAR™ Program was designed to combat COVID-19 and similar pandemics through rigorous sanitation and disinfection of the facility. Our close collaboration also extends to all show partners and vendors.
We are all in this together-and we will be on the show floors, in the exhibit halls and in conference classrooms working alongside you. We are all committed to minimizing risk. We are working together with our attendees, exhibitors, partners and vendors to follow all precautions governing safe business conduct.
Following are some safety initiatives that will be incorporated for the 2021 IPPE, and further details regarding additional safety measures will be available in October. Please note that the safety initiatives may be subject to change as protocol updates continue to evolve.
Disinfection and cleaning of all public spaces, restrooms and high touch building areas per GBAC Star™ Facility Accreditation protocol
Domestic badge mailing options and express badge distribution to reduce volume in registration areas
Requiring face coverings for all participants
Frequent disinfection of GWCC common areas and meeting rooms
Deployment of new food safety protocol for food and beverage services
Sanitizer stations throughout the facility and event floor
Social distancing measures in educational and expo areas
Signage and markers to remind and encourage distancing and hygiene practices
Elevated onsite medical support
Promotion of exhibits with open booth designs, frequent disinfection of high touch surfaces, and distancing booth visitors
What if the current pandemic is still ongoing?
As we've done from the earliest days of the pandemic, we continue to monitor all COVID-19 developments closely. We will continue to rely on advice and guidance from local, national authorities and international health authorities. Certainly, significant changes in the coming months will guide our decision making and we will take the appropriate action.
We Want You to Know: Information You Need About the 2021 IPPE and COVID-19
Please read this information carefully for the latest developments on coronavirus and COVID-19 policies and procedures that will be put in place across the 2021 IPPE experience-onsite and off. All information is based on current conditions. Included are links to various IPPE vendor, city and state government, and travel and hotel partner websites. Access these sites for vital information regarding your 2021 IPPE attendance.