BUTTERBALL, LLC RECEIVES 10 ENVIRONMENTAL RECOGNITION AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING ECOLOGICAL PROGRAMS March 26, 2012
GARNER, N.C. – March 26,
2012 – Butterball, LLC, the nation’s largest turkey producer,
has earned Environmental Recognition Awards from the American Meat Institute
(AMI) for 10 of its plants and feed mills nationwide. The awards distinguish
AMI member companies who exceed required environmental policies by designing
and successfully implementing innovative facility upgrades or environmental
programs. The awards were presented Wed., March 14 as part of AMI’s Conference
on Worker Safety, Health, Human Resources and the Environment in Kansas City,
“The conservation of resources through the reuse, reduction and
recycling of materials is a strong focus for us as part of our commitment to
environmental stewardship,” said Steve Valesko, vice president of engineering
at Butterball, LLC.
“At Butterball, we proactively work to maintain corporate social responsibility
standards, and we strive to reduce environmental impact by implementing
innovative technologies and initiatives that help improve operations and
The American Meat Institute (AMI) is
the nation's oldest and largest meat and poultry trade association. Through its
awards program, AMI honors companies with successful Environmental Management
Systems (EMS) and other innovative environmental initiatives surrounding
resource conservation, pollution prevention, upgrades to environmental
sustainability, environmental training programs and environmental outreach to
the public. Recipients are awarded based on four tiers of achievement, with
Tier 4 being the highest. Following is a breakdown of Environmental Recognition
Awards received by Butterball facilities in 2012.
Mt. Olive, N.C.
Alix Feed Mill - Ozark, Ark.
Feed Mill – Green Forest, Ark.
Feed Mill – Mountain Home, Ark.
Mill – Columbus, Kan.
Turkey Feed Mill
– Turkey, N.C.
As part of the company’s Doing Business
Right program, Butterball has many conservation initiatives that involve the
reduction, reuse or recycling of materials used in its production process
through advanced environmental technology. For instance, the Mt. Olive
facility’s innovative water reuse program reduces water usage by 1,288,000
gallons per week – approximately 14 percent of the facility’s annual water
usage. Additionally, the Ozark, Ark., facility’s Dissolved Air Floatation (DAF)
unit, removes most solids before water is sent to the biological part of the
system, which improves efficiency and reduces waste, thus decreasing the
facility’s overall environmental impact.
Business Right is Butterball’s three-pronged approach to corporate
sustainability that focuses on self-governance, sustainability
and social responsibility. The initiative plays a key role in providing
internal oversight for integrating values that are important to the company.
Butterball, LLC offers consumers
opportunities to celebrate traditional holidays and every day meal occasions
with the Butterball branded line of products. As the most recognized name in
turkey, the brand represents more than 50 years of cherished memories with
consumers by providing quality, great tasting products that make meals
something to celebrate every day.
As an industry leader in quality and food safety, the company employs numerous
processes to ensure the health of flocks and implements recognized prevention
measures to exceed food safety standards in its five plants, located in North
Carolina, Arkansas and Missouri. In addition, Butterball has surpassed
important workplace safety and health benchmarks set forth by OSHA’s Voluntary
Headquartered in Garner, N.C., Butterball is the largest producer of turkey
products in the U.S. – producing 1 billion pounds of turkey each year. The
company’s retail and foodservice products are distributed throughout the U.S.
and in more than 30 countries.
For more information about Butterball, visit Butterball.com or call 1-800-BUTTERBALL (1-800-288-8372) for
answers to your turkey preparation questions.
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