As co-owner of Thrushwood Farms, of Galesburg, Ill., Doug Hankes has helped steer his family business into exciting new growth areas. As the president of AAMP, Hankes has worked to ensure the association delivers timely information, advice and information to its members.
With its new St. Pauls, N.C., processing plant, Sanderson Farms continues to build upon a successful playbook for expansion that has produced nearly a half-dozen new facilities in just more than a decade’s time.
Since 2005, Laurel, Miss.-based chicken processor Sanderson Farms has been on an unmatched record of expansion in the meat industry, building and opening five processing plants (with a sixth brand new plant planned to open in 2019).
The news headlines of the past year have been dominated by upheaval and uncertainty, but the stories surrounding the meat and poultry industry were more positive. Those stories were a part of the largely positive response from the industry to this year’s annual Top 100 Processors Report.
Andy Hanacek, editor-in-chief, sits down with Kay Johnson Smith, president and CEO of the Animal Agriculture Alliance, to discuss the strategies and tactics the Alliance has taken to connect the meat and poultry industry to consumers and protect it from extreme activist groups.
The June 2017 issue of Independent Processor features our cover story on how Wagonhoffer Meats is bringing back the rabbit as a healthy meat source, a preview of the 78th AAMP Convention, and much more.