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American Proteins Hires New President

Donald W. Mabe Jr. has been named president and chief operating officer of American Proteins, Inc., effective November 1, 2010.

Mabe joined Gold Kist Poultry in 1978 as hatchery manager and in 1998 became vice president of operations, a position he held until Pilgrim’s Pride acquired Gold Kist in January 2007. In January 2009, he left Pilgrim’s Pride to become vice president of sales at Aviagen, Inc., where he was responsible for North American sales. Mabe has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Emory University and later attended Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program while at Gold Kist.

American Proteins is a poultry protein and lipids conversion operation, annually producing more than 750,000 tons of pet food and feed grade poultry protein meal, pet food and feed grade poultry fat, and feather meal.

Brown to Lead Farmland

Smithfield Foods, Inc., has named Michael E. Brown president and chief operating officer of Farmland Foods, Inc., effective October 4, 2010. Farmland is a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, headquartered in Kansas City, MO.

Brown served as president of Armour-Eckrich, LLC, since 2008 and has nearly 30 years of experience in the food industry. He will be responsible for leading all aspects of the business, including sales and marketing, operations, quality, food safety, finance and accounting, human resources, and procurement. Brown will report to George Richter, president and chief operating officer of the Pork Group.

Brown graduated from the University of Missouri in 1981 with a bachelor of arts in education and joined Swift and Company as a sales representative in Kansas City. Swift was later acquired by ConAgra Foods, where Brown held positions of increasing responsibility in sales and general management of various business channels and distribution.

Chicken Council Installs Officers, President Retires

Bernard Leonard, group vice president, Food Service, Tyson Foods, has been installed as chairman of the National Chicken Council (NCC). Lampkin Butts, president of Sanderson Farms, took office as vice chairman, and Bill Lovette, president and chief operating officer of Case Foods, became secretary-treasurer. Officers were installed during the NCC annual conference held in early October and will serve one-year terms.

Leonard spent 12 years on the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association board, serving as an officer for four years culminating as chairman in 1999. He joined the NCC Board of Directors in June 2007 and was elected to the executive committee in February 2008.

Butts has served on the NCC board since 2004 and has also served on the boards of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association and the Mississippi Poultry Association. Lovette has served in many leadership roles in the industry, including chairman of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association and the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association.

George Watts was elected to another term as president of NCC, a post he has held since 1972, but announced shortly after that he will retire March 31, 2011, after 38 years at the helm.

“It has been a tremendous experience to be closely associated with the chicken industry, our allied industry members, and this association for almost four decades,” said Watts, who advised the NCC officers in mid-October that the timing of his retirement was due to a temporary medical condition that has somewhat limited his ability to travel and therefore “give 100 percent” to his duties as president. He is only the second full-time chief executive in the history of NCC, which was founded as the National Broiler Council in 1954.

Delaware to Get New Rendering Facility

Mountaire Farms, a diverse poultry and agriculture company, plans to build a 46,400-square-foot rendering and resource recovery plant in Millsboro, DE, to service its two poultry processing facilities in Millsboro and Selbyville, DE. The operation will create 31 new plant jobs by December 2011. About 300 workers would be employed during construction.

This will be the first rendering facility for Mountaire Farms. The new plant will render 3,500 tons of feathers, entrails, carcasses, and other processing by-products weekly into poultry meal and feed grade fat. The company currently has its by-products collected by an independent renderer. The Delaware Economic Development Office provided a $787,500 grant in the form of tax credits from the Delaware Strategic Fund for the job-creating project.

The Millsboro, DE-based company also has a poultry processing plant in North Carolina, employs about 6,000, and reported in 2009 an output of 31.5 million pounds of chicken weekly from 2,654 poultry houses on 893 farms.

DynaEdge Launches New Web Site

DynaEdge Transportation Cleaning Solutions has launched its new interactive Web site, The site provides users a comprehensive look at the wide offerings of products and services available from this division of Cleaning Systems, Inc.

Specializing in industrial transportation, DynaEdge offers environmentally friendly cleaning products and application solutions. The Web site features product information, application methods, industry information, company history, safety, and a welcome video by Dave Wingert, vice president of sales. The site also features cleaning comparisons showing before and after results in a number of challenging applications.

Dupps Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Dupps Company employees, retirees, and their families celebrated the 75th anniversary of the company’s founding with an open house in mid-September. The festivities included a buffet, tours of the headquarter offices and manufacturing plant in Germantown, OH, and demonstrations of the latest state-of-the-art machining technology. In all, over 300 guests attended the event.

In his keynote address, company President Frank Dupps Jr. expressed gratitude for all the employees and family members, past and present, whose efforts made the anniversary possible. He highlighted the need to harness the same spirit of innovation, productivity, and entrepreneurship that has served the company and its rendering customers so well through the generations and apply it to future rendering opportunities.

In a tribute to the many advances made in the service of its customers, Senior Vice President David Dupps noted that thanks to each worker’s diligence, a mark of one million man hours without a single hour lost to accident or injury has been achieved. In his remarks, Executive Vice President Hank Dupps acknowledged the loyal efforts of current employees and retirees, especially all those who have offered particularly long service to the company.

Herd Retirements to End, Focus Shifts to Exports

Members of Cooperatives Working Together (CWT), the dairy farmer-funded self-help program, voted in late October to focus the seven-year-old program exclusively on building export markets after 2010. That means that CWT, which is managed by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), will no longer fund any herd retirement rounds, through which CWT member farms are paid to reduce their herds.

“The decision to drop the herd retirement program, but to maintain the basic structure of CWT with an exclusive focus on helping sell U.S.-made dairy products in foreign markets, allows CWT to continue making positive contributions to dairy farmers’ bottom lines,” said Jerry Kozak, president and chief executive officer of NMPF.

Through the export assistance program, for every one dollar spent assisting CWT member cooperatives in making export sales, U.S. dairy farmers received $15.53 in additional revenue, with CWT’s export activity in 2010 returning 18 cents per hundredweight.

Haarslev Opens Asia Sales Office

After seeing a steady growth in Asian economies, Haarslev Industries Group has decided now is the right time to gain a stronger foothold in Asia and has established Haarslev Industries Sdn Bhd in Malaysia. Hired to run the company is Stewart Chang, who has 16 years experience in the meat industry from his previous employment with Linco Food Systems.

“The Asian office will not only focus on the meat sector, but will also help to explore Haarslev Industries’ possibilities in the fish, alcohol, biomass, and environmental sector,” said Chang. In the future, Haarslev plans to establish a spare parts depot and service center for the region together with the sales office.

Haarslev Industries A/S is a Danish company and a global supplier of drying and evaporation equipment for processing by-products from meat, fish, distilleries, wastewater treatment plants, and biomass. The company employs 550 people and has subsidiaries in the United States, Brazil, Peru, Spain, Russia, China, Malaysia, Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

JBS Increases its Stake in Pilgrim’s Pride 

JBS S.A. has increased its ownership share of Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (PPC) to more than 67 percent through a common stock purchase.

The Sao Paolo, Brazil-based meat company purchased seven million common Pilgrim’s Pride shares listed on the New York Stock Exchange in early November. The unit price was $5.96 per share, for a total of $41.7 million paid to Pilgrim Interests, a company owned by the Pilgrim family. The purchase price was based on the 30-day average closing price of PPC stock. This block of shares represents 3.27 percent of the total number of outstanding PPC shares and now elevates JBS ownership of Pilgrim’s Pride from 64 percent to 67.27 percent.

PPC’s audit and equity committees approved the transaction, as required by its shareholders agreement. JBS officials were told by representatives for Pilgrim Interests and Lonnie Bo Pilgrim that the stock sale was intended to further diversify the Pilgrim family’s investment holdings. 

JBS Ordered to Monitor Drivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered JBS Carriers, Inc., of Greeley, CO, to install electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) on its entire fleet of over 700 commercial trucks by March 2011 or pay $81,780 in civil fines. The order comes in response to a comprehensive investigation by FMCSA’s Western Service Center that found the company in serious violation of federal hours-of-service rules and commercial driver’s license requirements.

In the final settlement agreement issued by FMCSA on October 7, 2010, the agency cited JBS Carriers for 102 counts of falsifying drivers’ hours-of-service records and three counts of allowing drivers with a suspended, revoked, or canceled commercial driver’s license to operate a motor vehicle. JBS Carriers must also train current and future drivers on the proper use of EOBRs and develop a safety management system that incorporates EOBR data into drivers’ hours-of-service oversight.

Kemin Begins Worldwide Expansion

Kemin Industries, Inc., has announced a five-year expansion plan that will add six new manufacturing facilities, three new research facilities, and a new corporate headquarters building in southeast Des Moines, IA. In addition to the new facilities, the company’s expansion will create 98 new jobs in the areas of research, marketing, and information technology, as well as other support functions.

“As we approach our 50 year anniversary in 2011, we are pleased to be well-positioned to make this significant investment in the future and our commitment to our employees, customers, and the millions of lives we touch every day,” said Dr. Chris Nelson, president and chief executive officer of Kemin Industries. 

New Leadership for AMI

The American Meat Institute (AMI) elected officers at its annual meeting in October to serve for the next year.

Elected as chairman is Dennis Vignieri, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Kenosha Beef International, Ltd. Larry Odom, chairman, president, and CEO of Odom’s Tennessee Pride Sausage, Inc., will serve as vice chairman, and Nick Meriggioli, president of Oscar Meyer, a Kraft Foods Business Unit, was elected treasurer. Serving as secretary is Greg Benedict, president and chief operations officer, American Foods Group, LLC, and reelected to serve a twenty-second term as the group’s president and CEO is J. Patrick Boyle.

New Book Focuses on By-product Disposal

Waste Disposal Systems in Slaughterhouses Suitable for Developing Countries is a new book written by Mahendra Kumar of India who has done in-depth study on wastage of animal-based by-products and animals dying of natural death in developing countries. 

Many publications have been written on the subject, but this book updates information of earlier publications and reproduces some material considered essential. Topics not covered in earlier works, such as sanitation and hygiene, disposal of condemned materials, and treatment of slaughterhouse effluents, have been added.

Dr. David Meeker, senior vice president, Scientific Services, National Renderers Association, penned the foreword for the book. He wrote that the book will be most useful to those involved in animal agriculture in countries where by-products are not fully utilized and the rendering industry is not yet developed.

Patrick Cudahy Settles Air Pollution Violations

Patrick Cudahy, Inc., which owns and operates a meat processing facility in Cudahy, WI, has agreed to pay $95,000 to settle state claims under Wisconsin’s air pollution laws.

Under Wisconsin law, Patrick Cudahy obtained and is required to follow a permit that controls the emissions of pollutants, including nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide, from the facility. In particular, the facility uses three industrial boilers, and state regulations and the permit impose standards for the boilers that include specific monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements. The complaint charges that Patrick Cudahy operated in violation of state regulations and its permit by operating one of its boilers without an approved monitoring plan between 2007 and 2008, and by failing to submit required monitoring reports between 2006 and 2008 for the three boilers and the facility.

The Cudahy facility is in an ozone nonattainment area, making the identification and resolution of violations particularly important. Upon discovery by the Department of Natural Resources of the violations during an inspection, Patrick Cudahy promptly took steps to correct the violations.

Secretary General of IFIF Steps Down

Roger Gilbert, the secretary general of the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF), stepped down at the end of October after 23 years serving the global feed industry. The federation represents the animal and aquaculture feed industry around the world. Gilbert was one of three individuals who co-founded the organization in 1987 with the clear objective of representing the industry at the global level, to coordinate feed production standards, and address feed safety concerns.

Gilbert was appointed secretary general shortly after IFIF’s inception, and under his management raised an organization that today represents 90 percent of all compound feed produced globally, that works closely with Codex Alimentarius on animal and aquaculture feed and food safety issues, and that led the adoption of a Codex Code of Practice on Good Animal Feeding. He also oversaw the development and publication of the industry’s first feed manual and more recently set up the International Feed Regulators Meeting that brings together feed regulators with national association representatives to resolve trade and safety issues that hinder the trade in feedstuffs and feed ingredients, and the development of feed production in developing countries.

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