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Meat Institute Honors Industry Leaders at Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon at 2018 IPPE

Monday, February 5, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute honored four industry leaders at its Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon and presented worker safety and environmental recognition awards during the 2018 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia. The luncheon featured Meat Institute Board of Directors, key industry leaders, representatives from packer and processor companies and award recipients and their families. Greg Schwem, corporate entertainer and author, served as the master of ceremonies.

Ronald Miniat, chairman of the board, The Miniat Companies, received the E. Floyd Forbes Award in recognition of his record of accomplishments and strong commitment to the meat industry. Mark Festus Miller, Ph.D., professor and SALE endowed chair at Texas Tech University, received the Harry L. Rudnick Educator's Award in recognition of his role as an educator of future industry leaders and his pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and service activities.

Stephen Quickert, senior manager, food safety, scientific affairs at the Kraft Heinz Company, received the Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education Scientific Achievement Award, honoring the significant contributions he has made to advance the scientific knowledge of the meat and poultry industry. The Supplier of the Year Award was presented to Birko Corporation in recognition of the company's commitment and work to continuously improve and innovate to ensure the safety of today's food supply.

The Meat Institute also presented Worker Safety Recognition Awards to 91 meat and poultry plants that have achieved high levels of workplace safety performance as part of the industry's continuing effort to reduce occupational injury and illness rates. Ninety-six companies received Environmental Recognition Awards, honoring their dedication to continuous environmental improvement, as witnessed by the development and implementation of Environmental Management Systems.

The 2018 IPPE featured nearly 1,250 exhibitors and drew more than 31,000 industry professionals from more than 100 countries. In addition to hosting the Annual Awards Luncheon at IPPE, the Meat Institute sponsored more than 140 hours of free and paid meat-specific education sessions, with workshops addressing meat quality, animal welfare, regulatory issues and family business strategies, among other topics. The Meat Institute's Environmental Conference for the Meat and Poultry Industry and the Worker Safety Conference for the Meat and Poultry Industry were both co-located with the 2018 IPPE.

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