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American Proteins Honored for Truck Safety

American Proteins’ Hanceville Division Fleet Department received three awards from the Alabama Trucking Association (ATA). Keith Allred was named Maintenance Professional of the Year, Tim Flack was selected Driver of the Year first runner-up, and the company received a driver safety award. Candidates are nominated by ATA members and an independent panel of judges composed of troopers from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Motor Carrier Safety Unit rank and select winners.

ATA awarded American Proteins first place for Private Carrier over 5 Million Miles (this includes miles driven by the Cuthbert Fleet in Alabama). The company maintained the safest accident frequency rate for miles driven within the state of Alabama in 2016. American Proteins operates the largest poultry protein and lipids conversion operation in the world, annually producing more than 750,000 tons of pet food and feed-grade poultry protein meal, poultry fat, and feather meal.

Darling to Jointly Expand Insect Production

Intrexon Corporation and Darling Ingredients Inc. have announced their joint venture, EnviroFlight LLC, plans to significantly expand production of advanced ingredients for feed derived from black soldier fly (BSF) larvae through the largest commercial-scale BSF larvae production facility in the United States. Construction of the new Ohio plant employing EnviroFlight’s modular and scalable system was to begin in May. Initial production capacity is expected in the first quarter of 2018 and will supply the livestock, aquaculture, and pet food markets.   

“EnviroFlight’s BSF larvae represent an innovative approach to address challenges within the global food supply chain by providing environmentally friendly, nutritious ingredients for animal feed,” stated Randall Stuewe, chairman and chief executive officer of Darling Ingredients. “This new facility will allow us to produce BSF larvae at commercial volume and sets the foundation for potential future global expansion.”

EnviroFlight’s insect-based approach offers significant potential to convert nutrients from abundant food surpluses and renewable energy co-products into valuable proteins, oils, and fertilizers. Within the fish and poultry markets, BSF larvae also represent a more typical diet for these natural insectivores as compared to soy and other plant-based meals.

Intrexon Corporation is a leader in the engineering and industrialization of biology to improve the quality of life and health of the planet.

Mountaire President Awarded

Paul Downes, president and chief executive officer of Mountaire Farms, was presented the J. Frank Gordy Sr. Delmarva Distinguished Citizen Award by Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. Under his leadership, Mountaire has grown to become the seventh largest chicken company in the United States and the nation’s largest private label chicken company. Downes had led Mountaire’s community efforts of feeding thousands of families at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter events, as well as year-round donations to food banks. When wildfires struck North Carolina in 2016, the state’s governor called on Mountaire seeking emergency food donations for firefighters and the company responded with immediate assistance. As an individual, Downes is a generous and quiet contributor to several community projects.

A Delaware native, Downes started his career in Delmarva’s poultry industry as a flock supervisor before working his way up to leadership positions. He has worked at Mountaire for 34 years and also currently serves on the National Chicken Council’s board of directors.

Tyson Foods Names First Sustainability Officer

Tyson Foods Inc. has appointed Justin Whitmore to the newly-created role of chief sustainability officer following the company’s recent introduction of a new purpose and strategy that places sustainability at the center of the company’s future plans. Whitmore, who was most recently a consultant at McKinsey & Company, will be part of Tyson’s enterprise leadership team, reporting directly to President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Hayes.

As chief sustainability officer, Whitmore will provide leadership and direction to help the company achieve its strategic intent of sustainably feeding the world with the fastest growing portfolio of protein-packed brands. He will work to implement solutions that drive industry-leading impact on all dimensions of sustainability. Under Whitmore’s leadership the company will strive to innovate and simultaneously deliver healthier food, healthier animals, a healthier environment, and a healthier workplace. 

Whitmore has experience consulting on strategy, operations, and sustainability for food processing, consumer packaged goods, and foodservice. At McKinsey, he developed innovative solutions to address sustainability issues while considering operational complexity, consumer demand, market share growth, and financial discipline. Whitmore earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Alabama Birmingham and his master of business administration from the University of Notre Dame.


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