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    Flutie to Deliver Keynote Address at 2012 Meat Conference

    Annual event will also address economy, research and technology

    Football great Doug Flutie will share his life experiences on and off the gridiron in a keynote address at the 2012 Annual Meat Conference scheduled for Feb. 19-21 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.

    In addition to his sports accomplishments, Flutie established the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism Inc., named for his autistic son, to provide financial support to families dealing with the condition and to fund research. To date, the foundation has given nearly $3 million to various autism organizations.

    Attracting approximately 800 retail food and meat industry members, the Meat Conference is sponsored by the American Meat Institute (AMI), a Washington-based group representing the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and poultry products and their suppliers throughout North America, and the Food Marketing Institute. Among the event’s associate sponsors are the American Lamb Board, Beef Checkoff, National Chicken Council, Pork Checkoff and National Turkey Federation.

    Additional scheduled general sessions include discussions on the current economic climate, the latest installment of Power of Meat consumer research, and the effects of emerging technology, automation and unlimited access to information on business.

    Registration for the conference is $695 for supermarket retailers/wholesalers and exhibitors; non-exhibiting suppliers can attend for $1,290.

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