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Meat groups decide to consolidate

The National Meat Association (NMA) and the North American Meat Processors Association (NAMP) announced Friday that their boards had approved a consolidation agreement.

The target date for the termination of the two groups and the start date for a new association is July 1. The new association will have more than 700 member companies in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and other countries. Nearly 400 of them are meat processors.

NMA is the successor organization to the Western States Meat Association, which was formed by the mergers of Western States Meat Packers Association, Pacific Coast Meat Association and Mountain/Plains Meat Association. The organization, which became the National Meat Association in February 1995, is holding its annual convention this week in Tucson, Ariz.

NAMP was established in 1942 as the National Association of Hotel and Restaurant Purveyors. It changed its name several times, most recently in 1996. NAMP developed its Meat Buyer’s Guide® in 1961, which the new association will continue.

NMA is based in Oakland, Calif., and NAMP is based in Reston, Va. No announcement was made about where the headquarters of a consolidated organization will be.