FAQs

What is the American Meat Institute (AMI)?

AMI is a national trade association that represents companies that process 95 percent of red meat and 70 percent of turkey in the US and their suppliers throughout America. Headquartered in metropolitan Washington, DC, AMI keeps its fingers on the pulse of legislation, regulation and media activity that impacts the meat and poultry industry and provides rapid updates and analyses to its members to help them stay informed. In addition, AMI conducts scientific research through its Foundation designed to help meat and poultry companies improve their plants and their products. The Institute's many meetings and educational seminars also provide excellent networking and information-sharing opportunities for members of the industry.

How many companies belong to AMI?

Approximately 1,100 companies are AMI members.

When was AMI founded?

AMI was founded in Chicago in 1906 in anticipation of the Federal Meat Inspection Act.

What are the benefits of membership?

Located in the nationís Capitol, AMI keeps its fingers on the pulse of legislation, regulation and media activity that impacts the meat and poultry industry and provides rapid updates and analyses to its members to help them stay informed. In addition, AMI conducts scientific research through its Foundation designed to help meat and poultry companies improve their plants and their products. The Instituteís many meetings and educational seminars also provide excellent networking and information-sharing opportunities for members of the industry.

Members also receive valuable discounts on overnight mail, recall insurance, as well as discounts at premier industry trade shows. A summary of benefits of membership is available.

Is my company eligible to join AMI?

If your company is a packer or processor of animal proteins, supplies goods or services to the industry or has some involvement in the meat industry - YES, your company is eligible to join AMI

Can I get a list of AMI member companies?

AMI does not sell or rent its membership list. However, the list is available to AMI Members. If you are a member of AMI and would like to request a list, please send your request to memberservices@meatami.com or call (202) 587-4200 and ask for the Member Services Department.

How can AMI assist my company in increasing its market share?

There is no question that one of the keys to success in business in the next century may be found in the ability to market products beyond U.S. borders. AMI works hard on behalf of its members to keep them apprised of potential customers and to intervene when barriers are in place. The AMI Membership database contains detailed information on all AMI member companies, addresses, phone and fax numbers, email and web addresses, key contacts, services offered and markets served. It includes more than 200 packers and processors, with their subsidiaries and plants, more than 300 supplier companies offering a broad spectrum of goods available for distribution worldwide, plus associate and allied members of AMI.

What if I need help with an inspector problem or in understanding the HACCP regulation?

The meat and poultry industry is one of the most heavily regulated U.S. industries. Therefore, AMI members particularly value the Instituteís regulatory services. The strength of AMIís Regulatory Affairs team lies largely in its collective experience and education. Staffed by former regulatory and corporate officials, food science, marketing and trade experts, the Institute's regulatory team understands the industry's collective needs -- and the unique needs of individual businesses. Find out more about your AMI Team.

Can AMI help me make friends with the media?

Public Affairs professional staff are available to help members manage crises. Among the services offered are general communications counsel, assistance in drafting news releases and advice in preparing for interviews and developing talking points. Combined with the AMI Risk Management Program, which offers a unique opportunity for AMI members to obtain product recall insurance coverage, AMIís crisis management can help keep members keep covered in the event of a recall or other public relations emergency.

How can I get more information about AMI?

The AMI Member Services team is available to assist you Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time. Please call 202-587-4200, email us at memberservices@meatami.com.