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Thursday, October 27, 2005

(Chicago, IL) The American Meat Institute (AMI) today elected the six officers that will guide the organization through the next year. The announcement came during AMI’s Annual Business Meeting, which was held during the AMI’s International Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Industry Convention and Exposition, part of the Worldwide Food Expo ’05, October 26th – October 29th, 2005, in Chicago.

Elected to the chairmanship was Robert “Bo” Manly, president and chief operating officer for Premium Standard Farms. Manly is a veteran of both the beef and pork processing industries. He joined Premium Standard Farms in 1996 as the president and COO. Manly served as the executive vice president of Smithfield Foods, Inc., where he oversaw the vertical integration strategies of the company and the planning, design and start up of the nation’s largest pork slaughter facility. From 1995 to 1996, Manly was president of Smithfield Packing Company, Smithfield Foods’ largest subsidiary. Manly graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and communications and received a master’s of business administration from Harvard Business School.

Richard L. Bond, president and chief operating officer of Tyson Foods, Inc., will serve as vice chairman for 2005-2006. Bond joined IBP in 1980 as an administrative assistant and has since held management positions including president of IBP’s Fresh Meats Division, vice president of boxed beef sales and group vice president of beef sales and marketing. He was appointed an IBP president and named a director in 1995 and became chief operating officer in 1997. Upon the acquisition of IBP by Tyson Foods, Inc., in 2001, Bond became co-chief operating officer of Tyson Foods Inc. and was named president and COO in 2003. A native of New Jersey, Bond holds a degree in business administration from Elizabethtown College of Pennsylvania. He worked for several other food companies, including Pet, Inc., before coming to the former IBP, Inc.

David Miniat, president of Ed Miniat, Inc, will serve as treasurer. Previously, Miniat held positions in purchasing, operations and sales of the Cooked Meat Division for Ed Miniat, Inc. He is on the Board of Directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Ed Miniat, Inc. and South Chicago Packing Company. Miniat received his B.S. in Animal Science from Colorado State University in 1982 and his M.B.A. from Keller Graduate School of Management in 1991.

Rod Brenneman, president and chief executive officer of Seaboard Foods, will serve as Secretary for 2005-2006. Brenneman began his career at Seaboard Corporation in 1989 after having spent several years at Arthur Andersen & Company. He has served the company in various financial and management capacities. In 1994, he was named vice president, finance and administration of Seaboard Foods. Prior to attaining the position he now holds, Brenneman was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Seaboard Farms. He is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated magna cum laude from Wichita State University.

Bill Buckner, Corporate VP, Cargill, Inc. & CEO, Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, becomes immediate past chairman. J. Patrick Boyle was reelected by the AMI membership to serve a seventeenth year as the Institute’s president and CEO.

“The upcoming year will be a challenging one for AMI as issues relating to food safety, animal health, and on-going WTO trade negotiations will greatly impact the industry,” J. Patrick Boyle said. “The collective experience and skills of the AMI officers will be crucial in setting a solid course of direction for both AMI and the industry.”

AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Together, AMI's members produce 95 percent of the beef, pork, lamb and veal products and 70 percent of the turkey products in the U.S. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the industry. Its affiliate, the AMI Foundation, is a separate 501(c)3 organization that conducts research, education and information projects for the industry.

For more information contact:
David Ray
Vice President, Public Affairs
Janet Riley
Sr. Vice President, Public Affairs

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