We have a winner!
The 13th annual Food Quality and Safety award will be awarded to Backyard Farms, LLC of Madison, Maine at the April 9th award reception and ceremony, sponsored by DuPont Nutrition & Health and presented by Food Quality & Safety magazine.
The prestigious Food Quality & Safety Award honors the dedication and achievement of a North American Quality Assurance/Quality Control team that has made exceptional contributions to food safety and consumer satisfaction with a positive impact on business results.
Please join us for this gala event, with networking, refreshments and a keynote presentation by Sara Mortimore, vice-president of product safety, quality assurance and regulatory affairs at Land O'Lakes, Inc.
The reception and ceremony are open to all registered attendees of the 2014 Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, MD.
See you there!
Taylor Farms, LLC
The largest supplier of fresh produce to the food service industry, Taylor Farms of Salinas, California also provides a variety of prepared salads, side dishes, entrees,sandwiches, snack and more. In 2012, it was named winner of the Food Quality Award due to the quantifiable results it has achieved in meeting its goal of producing high quality, safe food within a sustainable environment.
Using Good Agricultural Practices and other programs to ensure seed to harvest safety, Taylor Farms also incorporates its own patented SmartWash™ technology to eliminate cross contamination, reduce failures in food safety practices, and ensure quality and freshness.
Mark Borman, president, and Jason Kawata, director of quality assurance, accepted the award and presented a short video on Taylor Farms at a gala reception and ceremony hosted by DuPont Nutrition & Health during the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, MD on May 1st, 2013.
Prior to the award presentation, Olivier Mignot, vice-president of quality management at Nestle USA, delivered a keynote address on the food safety culture at Nestle, stressing how superior quality relies on the preventative and corrective behavior of every employee.
David Charest, vice president of Bioprotection at DuPont Nutrition & Health emceed the event, which was introduced with a short DuPont video highlighting food security. He co-presented the award with Marian Zboraj, editor of Food Quality & Safety magazine.
2011 - Häns Kissle Company, LLC
Headquartered in Haverhill, Massachusetts, Häns Kissle is an independently owned upscale food manufacturing company that supplies salads and related products to retail and food service establishments throughout the country. A panel of food industry judges selected Hans Kissle as the winner of the 11th annual Food Quality Award, citing strong performance in technology investments that reduce waste and conserve energy, such as upgraded cooling towers, scrubbers, lighting, and safety and quality training that have reduced customer complaints by 19%.
Robin Beane, director of operations and Ken Venti, CEO, accepted the award for Hans Kissle at the Food Quality Award ceremony and reception hosted by DuPont during the Food Safety Summit in Washington, D.C. on April 18, 2012. Also present were Craig Drinkwater, director of sales; Eric Lane, plant manager; and Andreia Urel, quality control manager.
Cloeann Durham, corporate quality assurance manager at Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, deliverd a keynote address that discussed the company’s commitment to quality and how they provide training and education to close identified gaps.
Ken Potuznik, associate publisher of Food Quality magazine and Megan DeStefano, global markeing manager, DuPont Nutrition & Health, co-presented the award.
2010 - Mastronardi Produce
An impartial panel of judges selected Mastronardi Produce for the 10th annual Food Quality Award based on quantifiable results achieved while producing high quality, safe food within a sustainable environment. Specific innovation investments include traceability technology, carbon-negative greenhouse technology, and a TerraSphere project for vertical rearing of crop-bearing plants.
A leading distributor of fresh fruit and vegetables, Mastronardi is a fourth-generation family-owned and employee-managed company, headquartered in Kingsville, Ontario, with additional distribution facilites in Michigan, Florida, California and Mexico.
Joseph R. Darden, vice president of food safety and Joshua R. McCallum, director of food safety, accepted the Food Quality Award on behalf of Mastronardi Produce. Also present were Joseph Sbrocchi, vice president of sales & marketing, and Ginny Hegedus, manager of quality.
A keynote address was delivered by C. Harold King, Ph.D., senior manager of food and product safety, Chick-fil-A. King discussed the safety culture at Chick-fil-A, which is one of the largest privately held restaurant chains in the United States, with more than 1,550 restaurants in 39 states and Washington, D.C.
Ken Potuznik, associate publisher of Food Quality magazine, and Marcos Cantharino, global business director, DuPont Qualicon, co-presented the award. Megan DeStefano, global marketing manager, DuPont Qualicon, served as emcee for the evening, introducing the event with a short video announcing "Horizons", a new BBC World News series created in association with DuPont.
2009 - Michigan Turkey Producers
Michigan Turkey Producers was named winner of the 2009 Food Quality award for its commitment to continuous improvement and consistent strong performance regarding food safety, quality management, animal welfare and nutrition. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, the company uses leading technologies for humane harvesting and processing operations that exceed standards for uncompromising quality in both raw and cooked poultry products.
Dan Lennon, president/CEO, and Tina Conklin, corporate quality assurance manager accepted the award for Michigan Turkey Producers at the Food Quality Award reception and ceremony, held during the 2010 Food Safety Summit in Washington, D.C. on April 14.
R. Dale Morton, director for Pepsico global product integrity, delivered a keynote address on the challenges of food ingredient safety. Morton shared preliminary results from a Grocery Manufacturers Association survey that benchmarked existing supplier quality programs, identified gaps and suggested some tools and recommendations for the future best practices.
Ken Potuznik, associate publisher of Food Quality magazine, Marcos Cantharino, global business director, DuPont Qualicon, and Luiz Fischmann, global marketing manager, DuPont Qualicon, co-presented the award. Fischmann also served as emcee for the evening.
2008 - Fieldale Farms Further Processing
Fieldale Farms is a leading private label manufacturer and food service supplier of poultry products, headquartered in Baldwin, Georgia. A panel of judges selected the Fieldale Farms Further Processing division as winner of the 2008 Food Quality Award for its ongoing commitment and investment in infrastructure, equipment, technology and personnel.
Dr. Dan White, manager of food safety and quality assurance, and Mark Wright, national accounts sales manager, accepted the award during the presentation and reception hosted by DuPont Qualicon at the Food Safety & Security Summit in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2009.
A keynote address was given by Craig Wilson, assistant vice president and general merchandising manager of food safety and quality assurance for Costco Wholesale Corporation. Wilson shared insights on how Costco and other large companies can maintain focus on food safety despite the challenges of the current economic climate.
Rick Biros, founding publisher of Food Quality Magazine and Marcos Cantharino, global sales and marketing director, DuPont Qualicon, co-presented the award. Beckyjo Smith, North American business manager, DuPont Qualicon, served as the evening’s emcee.
2007 - West Liberty Foods, LLC
Headquartered in West Liberty, Iowa, West Liberty Foods is a leading co-packer, private label manufacturer and food service supplier of processed meat and poultry products. West Liberty Foods was selected for the 7th annual Food Quality Award because of its innovative methods for increasing sanitation and successful creation of a food safety culture.
Paul Hall, chairman of the board, Mike DeSmet, vice president food safety and quality, and Leann Smith,senior manager of regulatory and customer compliance, accepted the award during the presentation and reception hosted by DuPont Qualicon at the Food Safety & Security Summit in Washington, D.C. on March 18, 2008.
Marcos Cantharino, director of global sales & marketing at DuPont Qualicon, emceed the event. Frank Yiannas, director of safety and health at Walt Disney World Resorts, presented the keynote address on the high-tech, high-touch future of food safety. Craig Binetti, president of DuPont Nutrition and Health, spoke briefly on megatrends in the industry, and Rick Biros, founder of Food Quality magazine, provided some history on the award.
2006 - Hormel Foods
Headquartered in Austin, Minn., Hormel Foods is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded meat and food products. Selected for this honor because of its innovative technologies for reducing pathogens and preservatives in sliced meats, Hormel Foods joins an elite group of past winners that includes Beef Products Inc. (BPI), SYSCO Corporation and Tyson Foods. Bryan Farnsworth, vice president of quality management, accepted the 6th annual Food Quality Award during a presentation and reception hosted by DuPont Qualicon for the first time at the Food Safety & Security Summit in Washington, D.C.
Ravi Ramadhar, director of business development at DuPont Qualicon emceed the event. The keynote address was given by Marc Gunther, senior writer for Fortune Magazine, who spoke on the changing dynamics between margin-driven efficiencies and long-term sustainability at some of today’s most recognized companies. Dr. Siqun Wang, Director of R&D at DuPont Qualicon, also presented on emerging technologies and their impact.
2005 – SYSCO Corporation and Tyson Food Safety and Laboratory Services
Two exceptional food companies co-won the 5th annual Food Quality award in 2005, presented by Food Quality magazine at a ceremony hosted by DuPont Qualicon at the DuPont Country Club in Wilmington.
Headquartered in Houston, Tex., SYSCO Corporation is the number one food service marketer and distributor in North America. Shane Sampels, director of quality assurance, accepted the award and presented on the ten unique food quality and safety programs the helped SYSCO stand out from the competition.
Neal Apple, vice president of food safety and lab services, and Vanessa Cook, QA manager, accepted the award on behalf of Tyson Foods. Headquartered in Springdale, Ark., Tyson Foods is the world’s largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork. One of the features that made Tyson Foods an award winner is the Tyson Food Safety and Laboratory Service Network, which operates as both an independent function relative to operations and as a service organization to assist with continuous improvement in food safety. Apple and Cook showed videos that demonstrated Tyson Foods’ expertise in action.
Guest speakers at the 2005 event included: Frank Yiannas, Ph.D., safety and health director, Walt Disney World Company; Thomas J. Billy, former chairperson of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and current president of International Food Safety Consultants, LLC; and Robert Brackett, Ph.D., director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
2004 – BPI
Headquartered in Dakota Dunes, S.Dak., BPI is the world’s leading manufacturer of boneless lean beef. Eldon Roth, CEO/chairman of BPI, accepted the 4th annual Food Quality award for their strong commitment to food safety and quality in all of their processing plants.
The forum and award ceremony, hosted by DuPont Qualicon at the DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware, brought together key players from various parts of the food industry to gain practical information and sharing experiences about keeping the global food supply safe.
Guest speakers at the forum included: Larry Cohen, quality program leader at Kraft Foods; John B. Luchansky, research leader at United States Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service (USDA/ARS) at Eastern Regional Research Center (ERRC); and Lawrence E. Platt, president of Retail Quality Audit (RQA), Inc.
Following the forum and ceremony, an awards reception was held at the exclusive Brantwyn Mansion in Wilmington.