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Industry Veteran Dennis Boik Named AMI Director of Environmental and Sustainability Issues

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Washington, D.C. — The American Meat Institute (AMI) announced that industry veteran Dennis Boik has been named director of environmental and sustainability issues for the association.

In his position, Boik will monitor emerging and changing environmental regulations that affect AMI members.  He will serve as staff liaison to the AMI Environmental Policy Committee and AMI Sustainability Committee.

Boik retired from Hormel Foods Corporation in December 2008 with 38 years of service. At Hormel, he was involved in plant engineering, energy management, environmental compliance and served as their first director of environmental sustainability.  Boik’s accomplishments in those roles include the establishment of an Environmental Management System (EMS) nearly 20 years ago, due diligence efforts at more than a dozen acquisitions, working with more than 40 facilities to meet all environmental regulations and to attain significant reductions in water, energy and solid waste from manufacturing operations.  He also provided data and details to assist the corporate communications group with publication of their first corporate sustainability report in 2006 as well as subsequent years.

At Hormel, Boik also served as liaison on sustainability issues with the Packaging Development group, Logistics and Supply Chain and met frequently with employee and customer groups to ensure that Hormel's sustainability efforts were clearly communicated to employees.

Boik holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota.



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 United States. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., 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.


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