The nation’s largest meat organizations have taken the first step to merge the North American Meat Association (NAMA) with the American Meat Institute (AMI).

NAMA’s board of directors voted overwhelmingly in favor of the merger. 

In a press statement NAMA said, “The NAMA Board feels strongly that the members will be best served by this merger.

In a press statement NAMA said, “The NAMA Board feels strongly that the members will be best served by this merger. We’re excited to have this opportunity to form a new industry organization.  The time has come for the industry to speak with one voice.” 

The AMI board of directors will vote on the merger proposal in April.