Results of a two-year, four-phase study, “Benchmarking Value in the Pork Supply Chain,” will be unveiled at a conference Nov. 20 at the Hilton Kansas City Airport.

The conference, which runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., will release the following study results: Survey of Packers and Purveyors, Ham and Belly Processing, Survey of Retail Products and Strategies for Improving the Quality and Value of Pork.

The American Meat Science Association (AMSA), national pork processors and manufacturers and researchers from three universities carried out an industry-wide survey to characterize quality parameters in the U.S. pork supply chain.

The project surveyed pork processing companies to identify, quantify and rank factors influencing pork quality. U.S. meat processors provided information on 64% of the 98 million barrows and gilts slaughtered in federally inspected plants in 2002.

To register, contact the AMSA by phone at 217-356-3182 or online at