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Wilmington, Delaware, May 15, 2012

Häns Kissle Wins 11th Annual Food Quality Award

Award Presented at Ceremony and Reception Hosted by DuPont Nutrition & Health

Häns Kissle Company, LLC of Haverhill, Mass., was recently honored as winner of the 11th annual Food Quality Award at a reception attended by almost 300 food industry professionals during the Food Safety & Security Summit in Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by DuPont Nutrition & Health and presented by Food Quality magazine, the Food Quality Award is given each year to a North American QA/QC department or program that has made significant improvements in food safety and quality, with a positive impact on business results.  Häns Kissle was selected for this year’s award due to the quantifiable results it has achieved in meeting its goal of producing high-quality food in a sustainable environment, including technology improvements that reduced energy consumption by 15 percent and extensive training that produced 25 percent fewer distribution errors and 19 percent fewer customer complaints.

"Honoring companies such as Häns Kissle for taking a proactive approach to protecting our food supply is something we at DuPont look forward to each year," said Megan DeStefano, global industry marketing manager, DuPont Nutrition & Health.  “As recipients of the Food Quality Award, these companies exemplify commitment in action."

Opening the ceremony was a keynote address by Cloeann Durham, corporate quality assurance manager at Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, who shared insights on closing the gaps in food safety through training and education.

Ken Potuznik, associate publisher of Food Quality magazine and Megan DeStefano co-presented the Food Quality Award to Robin Beane, director of operations, and Ken Venti, CEO, who accepted on behalf of Häns Kissle. 

“Our company, our work, our products reflects each and every one of us,” Beane commented. “Our team takes great pride in our products and in the work environment that promotes professional and personal growth, respect, integrity and team spirit. Everyone truly cares about all employees and the products we produce.” 

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.  With this award, it joins an elite group of past honorees, including:  Mastronardi Produce , Michigan Turkey Producers, Fieldale Farms, West Liberty Foods LLC, Hormel Foods, Beef Products Inc. (BPI), Tyson Food Safety & Lab Services, SYSCO Corporation, Franklin Foods, Hygaard Fine Foods Ltd., and East Balt Commissary, Inc.

DuPont Nutrition & Health addresses the world’s challenges in food by offering a wide range of sustainable, bio-based ingredients and advanced microbial diagnostic solutions to provide safer, healthier and more nutritious food.  Through close collaboration with customers, DuPont combines knowledge and experience with a passion for innovation to deliver unparalleled customer value to the marketplace.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802.  The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.  For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit