The International Feed Expo in Atlanta attracted more
visitors than ever. The organisation can be satisfied, but visitors in majority
came to visit the parallel annual poultry exhibition.
Total attendance was recorded at 19,645 visitors (+1,629) of which 3,977,
or 20.2% came from outside the USA. Total attendance outnumbered the 2004 expo
when 19,171 visitors cam to Atlanta.
AFIA is pleased
"The breakdown per state is very
revealing," said Rex Runyon, vice president of the American Feed Industry
(AFIA ). "Looking at the Midwestern states and the Great Lakes
states where the majority of our members reside, attendance increased in every
"In fact, figures show that those states recorded the best turnout in the
past five Expos. I take this as verification that AFIA's role in the co-location
contributed directly to the significant increase in attendance.
"We are extremely pleased with the results and happy to confirm that the
decision to co-locate the International Feed Expo with the International Poultry
Expo was an overwhelming success," Runyon said.
The last IFE was in September 2005 in Kansas City, Missouri and attracted
nearly 2,300 visitors, but showed a continuous downward trend. From this last
show and previous ones in Minneapolis and Indianapolis it could be concluded
that its individual existence was no longer tenable.
Announcing the joining of IPE and IFE Joel Newman, AFIA president, said
that the partnership offered "a number of synergies including increased
attendance, enhanced educational opportunities, and expanded marketing outreach
for our respective exhibitors."
Foreign visitors mainly came from
Canada (780), Mexico (506) and to a lesser extent from Venezuela (217), Colombia
(199), Brazil (136) and the Netherlands (122).
US visitors for a majority came from the state of Georgia (where Atlanta is
located) with an attendance of 4,347 (28% of domestic visitors), followed by
Illinois (971 or 6.3%).
Don Dalton, president of IPE organiser USPoultry, probably was also very
realistic when he said that "this partnership greatly strengthens the feed
manufacturing component of IPE and immediately broadens our appeal to that