The National Meat Association (NMA) and the North American Meat Processors Association (NAMP) have announced their consolidation into a new association. The NAMP Board approved the consolidation agreement and by-laws of the association last week as did the NMA Executive Committee.  Members of both associations voted for the consolidation last month.

This action sets in motion establishing a new North American meat industry trade association consisting of member companies of both groups, and the termination of NMA and NAMP as separate entities.  The target date for the start of the new association is July 1, 2012.  The new association will have more than 700 member companies in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and other countries.  Nearly 400 of those companies are meat processors.