Nashville, Tenn. – Three leading supplier companies – CFS North America, Planet Products and Alkar-RapidPak, Inc. -- today were honored with The American Meat Institute Supplier of the Year Award. The award was presented during AMI’s Annual Convention and Innovation Showcase, September 30-October 2, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center.
Each year, AMI honors
an outstanding supplier company that has made a
significant contribution to the success of the
meat and poultry industry, though AMI
leadership decided that three companies this
year have made similar, exceptional
contributions and should be honored
In presenting the award,
American Meat Institute Chairman Stewart Owens,
chairman, president and CEO of Bob Evans Farms,
Inc., noted that the Institute declared food
safety a non-competitive issue in 2001, “a
vote that triggered a wave of cooperation and
innovation among our members.” In 2003, AMI
unveiled new Principles for Sanitary Equipment
Design developed by an AMI Task Force.
“The principles have given clear
sanitary design direction to equipment
manufacturers and there are many AMI member
companies, including such names as AEW Delford,
Drake, Mepaco, Multivac, Formax and Weber, that
have done a great deal to improve their
designs,” Owens said. “Indeed, the true
potential of these principles could only be
realized in their implementation. Three
companies in particular have done an
exceptional job with redesigns to conform to
the new sanitary design principles – and are
achieving outstanding results. I’m talking
about Convenience Food Systems, Planet Products
Corp and Alkar-Rapid Pak.”
• CFS North America has
designed a line of slicers, loaders and
packaging machines in accordance with the new
sanitary design principles.
Products has developed entirely new frank
loaders based on the sanitary design principles
and increased capacity and throughput.
• Alkar RapidPak, Inc designed and
developed an entirely new RapidPak packaging
machine with the principles at their
“Together, these innovative
efforts are helping accelerate the remarkable
reductions in bacteria on products that have
been documented by USDA. For that, we offer
our sincere appreciation,” Owens said.
“These companies truly are partners in our
The American Meat Institute
was founded in 1906 and is the nation's oldest
and largest meat and poultry trade association.
It represents the interests of packers,
processors, and suppliers of beef, pork, lamb,
veal, and turkey products in North America.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the
Institute provides regulatory, legislative,
technical, scientific, educational, and public
relations services to the industry.
THREE LEADING SUPPLIER COMPANIES SHARE AMERICAN MEAT INSTITUTE'S SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR AWARDFriday, October 1, 2004
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