Gemstone Foods LLC has announced the appointment of William T. Andersen as president and CEO of the company. Andersen joins the protein processor after serving as Keystone Foods’ executive vice president and president of USA Proteins, as well as holding senior leadership positions at Southeastern Mills, Gold Kist and Tyson.

Gemstone Foods is a growing protein processor and supplier, providing custom sizing, portioning and packaging to the food service and retail distribution channels. Gemstone Foods LLC is a JAMAS Capital Management portfolio managed company.

“What attracted me to Gemstone Foods was the dedication to providing industry leading customer service, food safety and product quality. Gemstone's approach to providing innovative and cost-effective solutions focused on customer growth is critical in today's dynamic and competitive market,” Andersen noted.

Ben O. Turnage, CEO of JAMAS Capital Management, added, “I am extremely pleased that Bill has joined Gemstone. Clearly, Bill’s leadership skills, knowledge and work ethic underscore our commitment to making Gemstone Foods a leading provider in the industry.”

Andersen has more than 20 years of experience in the protein industry. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and has post-graduate degrees in business management from Central Michigan University and Duke University. For more information, visit

Source: Gemstone Foods