USPOULTRY today announced that the 2021 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) will not be held as an in-person event due to precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some virtual options will be provided in lieu of meeting in Atlanta.

“The health and safety of all IPPE participants is paramount,” USPOULTRY’s press release read. “After thoughtful and thorough consideration, show management for the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) has made the difficult decision to not hold the in-person component of IPPE 2021 in Atlanta, scheduled for Jan. 26-28. The decision was based on numerous factors, including extensive surveys, direct feedback from our industries and other stakeholders, as well as the expected decrease in participation due to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

USPOULTRY also announced a slate of educational programs and an exhibitor marketplace to connect typical event participants.

“We are replicating the elements that can deliver the most value in a digital environment. While we know we cannot simply transfer the live, in-person experience of IPPE to an online offering, we will provide buyer engagement through an exhibitor marketplace showcase with direct communication options with industry suppliers in additional to online educational opportunities.

“Even though we cannot offer an in-person event in 2021, we look forward to the global poultry, egg, meat and animal food industries returning to Atlanta for what is expected to be a much anticipated IPPE, scheduled Jan. 25-27, 2022.”