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2012 World Pork Expo sets biggest pork burger record

This year’s World Pork Expo was another record setting event. The Expo set a record by grilling the world’s largest pork burger, made with 260 pounds of pork and a 40-pound bun. Half of the pork burger was donated by the National Pork Producers Council to be served as pork sandwhiches in Des Moines area homeless shelters. Sponsors of the burger were Hog Slat and Newton Grove, N.C. The remainder of the burger was enjoyed by Expo-goers during MusicFest.

“I appreciated the record-breaking pork burger, which was made possible by a company from my home state of North Carolina and used to help reduce hunger in central Iowa” said Hunt. “I also was impressed with the time both Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds spent with producers at Expo. It is very special to have this type of support for the work we do as pork producers.

The world’s largest pork burger, 260 pounds of pork in a 40-pound bun, was grilled at the 2012 World Pork Expo. (L-R) Dale Kenne, Hog Slat, the pork burger sponsor; Amy Olson, Central Iowa Shelter & Services, recipient of half of the pork burger to serve in area shelters; and Gary Vinsand, Gilmore City, Iowa, the pork burger’s creator and griller.

Once again, the World Pork Expo Junior National set a record for the number of pigs exhibited in the pedigreed barrow and gilt shows hosted by the National Junior Swine Association and Team Purebred. More than 700 junior exhibitors from 26 states competed with 2,177 head, a 25 percent increase from 2011.

The 2012 World Pork Expo attracted nearly 20,000 pork producers and industry leaders from 38 countries to Des Moines, Iowa, for the world’s largest pork-specific trade show. During three action-packed days, it offered seminars with the latest industry insights and management information, and a trade show featuring more than 400 exhibitors from throughout the world. Brought to you by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), this year’s World Pork Expo set records for the number of pigs in the Junior National show and the quantity of meals served at the Big Grill, and featured the creation of the world’s largest pork burger during its well-attended MusicFest.

“People attending World Pork Expo this year were some of the most analytical and conscientious producers I’ve met, and they are serious about the industry,” said R.C. Hunt, NPPC president from Wilson, N.C. “They appreciated hearing about what’s happening with pork production, such as new research showing that a minority of pigs lives in group housing. And, we all found it exciting to see new innovations, designs and engineering that help us raise our animals responsibly wherever we farm.”

“This year’s Expo was phenomenal,” said Schoenbeck. “Attendance exceeded our expectations and producers were very positive. We enjoyed this chance to see customers we typically work with by phone, and we’ll be back in 2013!”

As this year’s Expo went into the record books, NPPC announced dates for the 2013 World Pork Expo, which will celebrate the event’s 25th anniversary. It will take place June 5-7 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.

Source: World Pork Expo (NPPC)

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