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>p PRODUCERS West Liberty Foods LLC Liberty For All Iowa-based meat processor West Liberty Foods LLC sets new standards for food safety and quality processes. By Jim Harris company profile West Liberty Foods LLC Headquarters: West Liberty, Iowa Employees: 1,850 Ed Garrett, CEO and president: “I believe we are as good as or better than anyone in the industry when it comes to food safety.” anniversary this year. The company operates three facilities: its main processing plant in West Liberty, Iowa; a slicing facility in Mount Pleasant, Iowa; and a four-year-old processing plant in Tremonton, Utah. All of the plants can process up to 43.9 million pounds of turkey, pork, chicken and beef per week. West Liberty Foods was founded in 1996 after a cooperative of 47 Iowa turkey growers purchased the West Liberty facility from Oscar Mayer, a division of Phillip Morris. “We pride ourselves on preserving family farms,” President and CEO Ed Garrett says. Cleanliness Counts All of West Liberty Foods’ facilities use state-of-the-art processes that ensure safe food and internal efficiency. “I believe we are as good as, or better than anyone in the industry when it comes to food safety,” Garrett says. “We’re always looking at innovative and gamechanging processes and products on the leading edge of the industry.” Production processes include an automated line that gives the company the ability to process cooked meat logs up to 10 feet long and 120 pounds, a microwave and thawing line that can thaw frozen raw materials within eight hours, and an X-ray system that aids in 98 food & drink • july/august 2011 • << West Liberty Foods’ Mount Pleasant facility is the first of its kind to hold a USDA patent for its clean room processes. A dedication to food safety and innovative processes helps West Liberty Foods stand out as one of the country’s premier meat producers. The West Liberty, Iowa-based company processes and packages high-protein meats including turkey, pork, beef and chicken for foodservice and major retail customers in the United States. Products include private label deli meats and prepared foods such as chicken strips, patties and wings. The company also provides co-packing services. West Liberty Foods is celebrating its 15th

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Food and Drink - July/August 2011
News a la Carte
Consumer Trends
Social Media 101
Strengthening Brands
Food Law
Producers: Hidden Pandemic
Independent Distillers
S. Martinelli & Co.
Wyandot Inc.
Berto’s Gelato & Sorbet
Gills Onions LLC
Neri’s Bakery Products Inc.
Ramar Foods International
Banks Holdings Ltd.
Leclerc Foods USA Inc.
Mariani Packing Co. Inc.
Sam A. Lupo & Sons Inc
Faribault Foods Inc.
Suiza Dairy Corp.
Sunset Farm Foods
Vanns Spices
Berner Food & Beverage Inc.
Cajun Specialty Meats Inc.
Cristalia Premium Water
Green Organic Vegetable Inc.
Vande Bunte Eggs
Motivatit Seafoods LLC
Navarro Pecan Co.
Alpine Meats
West Liberty Foods LLC
Wilber Packing Co. LLC
Restaurants: Tax Incentives
Cheeburger Cheeburger Restaurants Inc.
Famous Famiglia
Grand Traverse Pie Co.
HuHot Mongolian Grills LLC
Glacier Restaurant Group
Jake’s Wayback Burgers
Original Tommy’s World Famous Hamburgers
Sam & Louie’s Pizzeria
Flippers Pizzeria
Larry’s Giant Subs
Mario’s Pizza
Shake’s Frozen Custard
The Fish Market
Distributors: A Package Deal
Diaz Foods
Arista Industries
Columbia Distributing
Allied Specialty Foods
Fresher Than Fresh
Golden Valley Industries
Lancaster Foods LLC
Milne Fruit Products
Retailers: SBA at the NRA
Cooke’s Food Store
Gulf Island Shrimp and Seafood
New Leaf Community Markets
Three Things

Food and Drink - July/August 2011