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Australian Renderer Receives Queen’s Honor

Andrew Bennett, general manager of Talloman in Hazelmere, Western Australia, has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division. He was recognized in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this year for his service to the rendering industry.

Besides serving as the general manager of Talloman – Craig Mostyn Group’s rendering facility – since 1987, Bennett also helped establish the World Renderers Organization in 1999 and was the group’s president from 2003 to 2005. He has been an active member of the Australian Renderers Association (ARA) since 1993, serving as its president from 1997 to 2001 and then again from 2010 to 2014. Bennett was also ARA vice president numerous times in 1995-1997, 2002-2007, and 2015-2016, and is currently a board member representing Australia of the Fats and Proteins Research Foundation in North America.

Frontline Receives Innovation Award

Frontline International received a bronze award in the Kitchen Innovation Challenge at the Commercial Kitchen 2016 show in early June in Birmingham, England. Frontline designs, manufactures, and distributes equipment to manage fresh and waste oil in restaurants and other foodservice establishments. Specifically, it was the company’s hands-free waste oil management system that was recognized by the judges.

At the show, the “Innovation Challenge Gallery” showcased the most innovative product and technology launches in the foodservice industry over the previous 12 months. The products that received the most votes at the end of day one were invited to pitch to a panel of judges who would then determine the award winners. Frontline International’s waste oil management systems – distributed by Bensons Products in the United Kingdom – were invited to the challenge and won the bronze based on the increased safety and productivity they afford restaurant employees. 

Hayes Named Tyson Foods President, Smith to Continue as CEO

Tyson Foods Inc. has promoted Tom Hayes to the position of president. Formerly chief commercial officer of Tyson Foods, he will work directly with Donnie Smith who will continue as the company’s chief executive officer (CEO). Hayes will be based in Springdale, Arkansas.

Prior to his role as chief commercial officer, where he was responsible for all North American sales, Hayes was president of food service at Tyson Foods. Previously, he served as chief supply chain officer for The Hillshire Brands Company, responsible for operations including procurement, manufacturing, food safety and quality, engineering, and logistics. Hayes has also served as senior vice president and chief supply chain officer for Sara Lee North America and as president of Sara Lee Foodservice.

Before joining Sara Lee in 2006, Hayes served as group vice president of US Foodservice Inc. A 29-year veteran of the consumer products industry, Hayes previously held general management, sales, and marketing roles at ConAgra Foods, The Fort James Corporation, Stella Foods, and Kraft Foods.

Hayes has served on the board of directors of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association and the executive committee of the board of directors of the North American Meat Institute. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of New Hampshire and a master of business administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

West Coast Reduction Honored

Canadian renderer West Coast Reduction was recognized by the BC Food Processors Association in May 2016 for energy conservation and sustainability in its operations. BC Food Processors, a non-profit organization, recognizes the best-of-the-best in British Columbia’s food processing industry each year at its annual FoodProWest in Vancouver.

Hormel Awards Dupps

Hormel Foods Corporation in Austin, Minnesota, has presented The Dupps Company with the 2015 Spirit of Excellence Award for its role in Hormel’s continuous improvement process throughout the past year. This marks the second year in a row that Hormel has honored Dupps with the award, recognizing the company and its personnel for their work in engineering, building, installing, and servicing protein recycling systems for Hormel.

To qualify for this award, Hormel evaluates vendor partners on innovation, commitment to environmental safety, workplace safety, and several other performance criteria. Chad Soukup, process engineer and project manager at Hormel, noted that of this year’s award recipients, The Dupps Company scored the highest among those directly serving Hormel’s engineering department. He also remarked that the new Dupps protein recycling plant recently built in Austin, Minnesota, is considered a company showpiece and a model of efficiency.

The Dupps Company designs, builds, and markets a comprehensive line of rendering systems and machinery for the protein by-products industry. In addition, the company serves the pulp and paper, oilseed, fish meal, and other industries with a wide variety of processing systems and equipment.

New Edition of NRC for Beef Cattle

Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle: Eighth Revised Edition has been released by The National Academies Press website.

Commonly called the Beef NRC, the new edition has been in the works for several years. Since 1944, the National Research Council (NRC) has published seven editions of the Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle. It has guided animal nutritionists and other professionals in academia and the cattle and feed industries in developing and implementing nutritional and feeding programs for beef cattle. The cattle industry has undergone considerable changes since the seventh revised edition was published in 2000 and some of the requirements and recommendations set forth at that time are no longer considered relevant or appropriate.

In addition to a thorough and current evaluation of the literature on the energy and nutrient requirements of beef in all stages of life, this volume includes new information about phosphorus and sulfur contents; a review of nutritional and feeding strategies to minimize nutrient losses in manure and reduce greenhouse gas production; a discussion of the effect of feeding on the nutritional quality and food safety of beef; new information about nutrient metabolism and utilization; new information on feed additives that alter rumen metabolism and postabsorptive metabolism; and future areas of needed research. The tables of feed ingredient composition are significantly updated.

Seevers Joins Harburg Executive Board

Dr. Jorn Seevers has been appointed managing director of Harburg-Freudenberger (HF) Maschinenbau GmbH. Since joining HF in January 2014, Seevers has successfully managed the curing press department of the HF TireTech Group. Between 2014 and 2015, his responsibilities included as managing director of the group’s largest production facility in Belisce, Croatia. Since the beginning of 2016 he has served on the supervisory board of HF Belisce.

Seevers began his career as a process engineer at Continental Tire AG in Hanover, Germany, in 1999 and became head of the process and machine development department in 2004. In 2010, he relocated to Giti Tire in Shanghai, China, where he managed the central technology department and was the technical manager of the machine factory.

Seevers, Jens Beutelspacher, and Gunter Simon will be the executive officers of the HF TireTech Group and the HF Press+LipidTech at its location in Hamburg, Germany. Seevers will assume the duties of Simon when he retires from HF at the beginning of 2017.


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