The American Meat Institute Board of Directors this week voted to proceed with a merger with the North American Meat Association. The vote is the second of three steps necessary to finalize a merger that would occur January 1, 2015, if approved.
Later this month, the Institute's General Members will vote on whether to proceed. NAMA's Board voted March 22 to proceed with the merger, marking another move in a proposal that began with discussions in September, 2013.
"The Board's vote to proceed with a merger is a positive development," said AMI Chairman Greg Benedict, chief operating officer and president of American Foods Group, who serves on the merger committee. "We look forward to our General Member vote in the coming weeks."
he North American Meat Association is the result of the 2012 consolidation of the North American Meat Processors Association and National Meat Association.
NAMA Co-President Tony Gahn, Jr., said earlier this month that his organization is "excited" for the opportunity to merge, while his colleague Mike Hesse, also NAMA Co-President, said "the time has come for the industry to speak with one voice."
If AMI's General Members vote to proceed, a transition committee drawn from both associations will be established to map a plan to merge association operations by the end of 2014, AMI said.