Dear MeatEx Community
After careful consideration, we have decided to combine MeatEx Networking June and September editions into one, consolidated virtual event.
We want to provide our MeatEx community with the best experience possible and we realized that a number of our visitors and exhibitors had some hesitancy about virtual trade shows. We received feedback that this was due to several factors such as:
- Unfamiliarity with virtual events in general, people are still adapting to these online experiences
- Time zone differences, making it harder for our participants in other continents to fully participate (we’re still working on the time machine!)
- The obvious need for machinery to be seen and demonstrated, products to be smelled and tasted, and equipment to be touched and tested LIVE!
In addition, while we did get a large volume of visitor sign ups for MeatEx Networking, we did not quite reach our standard ratio of 60% of registered exhibitors from the in-person trade show (MeatEx Canada 2022) to participate in the virtual event (MeatEx Networking). We are dedicated to delivering a valuable experience to all participants and it seems that getting buy-in for this new format of interacting is still in process. In the upcoming months, we will launch various efforts to raise awareness around virtual events, how they work, and the utility that they provide to participants.
MeatEx Networking combined September edition is still slated to go forward on schedule for September 16th-17th, 2021. To our in-person community, if you are reading this, keep your eye out in the coming weeks for more details highlighting the best features of our virtual event and how participating can actually enhance your experience and improve the value of MeatEx Canada 2022 in-person prior to attending.
To our exhibitors and visitors who already signed up for MeatEx Networking, we apologize for the delay. Our priority was returning your trust by providing you with the strongest virtual trade show possible. Tune in for further updates. The MeatEx Networking team remains at your service to build up and complete your profiles and virtual booths.