Land O’Lakes, Hormel and Conagra Brands to Accept ProFood World magazine’s Annual Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards at ProFood Live


In June 2018, ProFood Worlds ProFood Live in Chicago will recognize outstanding food and beverage manufacturing projects via the sixth annual Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards competition.

Land ’O Lakes, Hormel, Conagra Brands, three divisions of Smithfield Foods, Snyder’s-Lance, Keystone Foods and Hiland Dairy Foods have been named the winners of the Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards conducted by ProFood World.

The awards will be presented on June 21 during ProFood Live, a new food and beverage manufacturing conference produced by ProFood World.

Each year, leading food and beverage manufacturing companies in North America submit detailed entries describing their best new projects and ongoing company programs related to sustainability achievements. Entries are judged on environmental impact, social significance, project efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and originality or adaptive reuse of technology.

During a special extended session at ProFood Live, the following food company representatives will discuss the highlights of their award-winning projects.

The presenters and award acceptors in the programs category include:

1st place:

  • Wesley McGhee, Snyder’s-Lance, Wastewater Sludge Land Application

2nd place tie:

  • Bill Latenser, Conagra Brands, Green Team Council Bluffs
  • David West, Hormel Foods, Solid Waste Stream Optimization  

3rd place:

  • Kevin Louder, Smithfield Salt Lake City, Plastic Wrap Savings

The presenters in the projects category include:

1st place:

  • Steven Sharp, Smithfield, Packaging Reduction Project   

2nd place tie:

  • David Smith, Hiland Dairy Foods, Wastewater and Land Revitalization
  • Shaun Morris, Keystone Foods, Fresh Poultry Processing Plant Pursues Water Conservation

3rd place tie:

  • Jeffrey Gains, Land O’ Lakes, Chiller Baffling Project
  • John Meilinger, Smithfield Foods, Meat Recovery Project

“Because we had so many outstanding projects submitted this year, the number of ties in the judging process caused more winners than ever in the six-year history of the Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards,” says Joyce Fassl, editor in chief of ProFood World magazine and program director for ProFood Live. “Our conference attendees are certainly looking forward to hearing more details about all of these award-winning projects on June 21.”

ProFood Live is a one-day conference devoted to delivering real-world solutions in the areas of manufacturing, automation and sustainability. The event gives processors, suppliers and service providers the opportunity to network, learn and collaborate on common issues facing the food and beverage manufacturing industry.

ProFood Live features an educational program for food and beverage professionals that also includes ProFood World's annual Manufacturing Innovation Awards, featuring speakers from Dairy Farmers of America, Clemens Food Group and Farmer Brothers. The event is for professionals in production, engineering, plant operations, sustainability, quality and procurement.

Other ProFood Live sessions will include:

  • Addressing Today’s Crucial Challenges in Manufacturing
  • Packaging Line Optimization, presented by Rich Products
  • The Brilliant Factory: Using Total Cost of Ownership and Factory Acceptance Tools to Manage Capital Spending, presented by H-E-B Manufacturing

ProFood Live opens on June 20 with an evening reception. The conference starts at 8:30 am and closes at 4:30 pm on June 21. ProFood Live will be held at the Westin Northwest Chicago in Itasca, IL, just minutes from O’Hare airport.

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