World Pork Expo By The Numbers

World Pork Expo (WPX) is the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, offering innovation, education and networking for everyone. Here’s what the numbers tell us to expect at the 2023 World Pork Expo.

World Pork Expo Overview

A 3 Day Event

World Pork Expo spans 3 days — June 7-9, 2023 — at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, and is brought to you by the National Pork Producers Council.

More than 30 Sponsors

The commitment and support of 13 Gold Sponsors and 21 Silver Sponsors played an essential role in making WPX 2023 possible.

Celebrating 35 Years

The National Pork Producers Council will celebrate its 35th anniversary of World Pork Expo in 2023.

100s of Exhibitors

395 companies from North America and around the world will be on-site, displaying products and services at booths, outdoor exhibits and hospitality tents at the 2023 World Pork Expo.

Pork Producers From Across the World

More than 10,000 pork producers and ag professionals from throughout the world attend WPX each year.

Over 300,000 Square Feet

The exhibit space, which presents the latest pork production products, services and technologies, is expected to exceed 300,000 square feet in 2023.

FREE With Admission

5 Business Seminars

Attendees can participate in 5 business seminars Wednesday, June 7, and Thursday, June 8, in the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

7 Pork Academy Seminars

There are 7 PORK Academy seminars that will take place throughout Wednesday, June 7 and Thursday, June 8. Pork producers and their employees can learn about nutrition management, understanding consumers, data collection and much more.

10,000 Pork Lunches

10,000 mouthwatering pork lunches will be served at the Big Grill located south of the Varied Industries building.

Nearly 700 Booths

Shop the nearly 700 booths that make up the world’s largest pork-specific trade show — open 23 hours over the course of three days.

Over 50 Hospitality Tents

Visit the 50+ hospitality tents placed throughout the fairgrounds — along Grand Avenue and Ruan Plaza. Expo attendees can drop in and visit with company representatives to learn about the latest innovations and developments.

Additional Activities

World Pork Golf Tournament

125 golfers can participate in the annual World Pork Open Golf Tournament held at The Legacy Golf Club in Norwalk, Iowa, on Tuesday, June 6.


24 Official World Pork Expo Hotels

In the Greater Des Moines Area, 24 Official World Pork Expo hotels are offering special Expo rates. Catch Des Moines provides other hotel options as well as a calendar of area events.

2,300 Campsites

2,300 campsites are available on 160 acres within the Iowa State Fairgrounds for those interested in camping on-site during WPX.

Over 3,000 Hotel Rooms Booked

Each year, more than 3,000 hotel rooms are booked throughout Des Moines and the surrounding area for WPX attendees.

Pork Production

66,000+ Pork Producers

Nationwide, more than 66,000 pork producers market more than 140 million hogs annually.

46 Million Pigs Raised

Approximately 46 million pigs are raised in Iowa annually, making it the No. 1 pork-producing state in the nation.

27 Billion Pounds of Pork

Hundreds of packing plants produce nearly 27 billion pounds of pork annually.

Supporting 610,000+ Jobs

About 610,000 U.S. jobs are supported by various aspects of the pork industry, from local business to national and international brands.

Contributing $57 Billion to the Economy

U.S. pork production contributes nearly $57 billion to the nation’s economy each year.