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2015

Mary Thompson to Lead Cargill’s European Poultry Business
June 22, 2015 - Cargill executive Mary Thompson is leaving Wichita to lead the company’s European poultry business in England. The change is effective Aug. 1.

Thompson will replace Pilar Cruz, who is transitioning to a new role as a corporate vice president leading Cargill’s strategy and business development team at its company headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn.

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Perdue Donates 38,000 Pounds of Protein to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Salisbury, Md.
June 8, 2015 - Perdue Farms has donated more than 38,000 pounds of chicken and turkey to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. This donation is part of Perdue’s commitment to donate two million pounds per year to Feeding America-affiliated food banks like the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. This generous donation will be distributed through the food bank’s network of more than 800 partner agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other agencies serving families facing hunger. The donation has a retail value of $90,000.

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AB Vista Re-Organizes EMEA Sales Team to Embrace Market Growth
June 5, 2015 - AB Vista is re-organizing its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) sales team into four regions to support the continued expansion of its business across this critical region. The changes will see the EMEA team organized into four regions, led by regional sales directors: Middle East and Africa, Indian Sub-Continent, Central Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union, and West and South Europe, which also includes South Africa.

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Hendrix Genetics and NPM Capital Sign MoU to Join Forces in Animal Breeding and Life Sciences
May 20, 2015 - Hendrix Genetics, a leading multi-species animal genetics company, and NPM Capital, a subsidiary of family-owned SHV Holdings, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for NPM to become a minority shareholder in Hendrix Genetics, alongside existing shareholders (family Hendrix, Management and Sofiprotéol), via the issuing of new shares. Completion of the transaction is expected mid-year. The family Hendrix will remain the majority and controlling shareholder and the company will continue to conduct its business under current corporate governance and with the existing management team, strategy and structure. The transaction is subject to customary notification and approval requirements.

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Cargill Says Its ‘Big Data’ Model Shows Where ‘Feed Regimen Tweaks Are Needed’
May 18, 2015 - The agribusiness giant said it has been helping integrated pork producers meet productivity gains and has fined tuned a feed mill’s phase use though leveraging its system of mathematical modelling and ‘big data.’

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Foster Farms' Dr. Robert O'Connor Honored with 2015 Food Safety Innovation Award from NSF International
May 1, 2015 - NSF International, a global independent public health organization, honored Robert O'Connor, DVM, senior vice president of technical services at Foster Farms, with a 2015 Food Safety Innovation Award. The award, announced at the Food Safety Leadership Awards ceremony during the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, Maryland, honors outstanding breakthroughs in food safety and individuals who have made a lasting impact.

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Tyson Foods Plans to Cut Human Antibiotics in U.S. Chicken Flocks by 2017
April 28, 2015 - Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S. poultry producer, plans to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by September 2017 - one of the most aggressive timelines yet set by an American poultry company. The Arkansas-based chicken and meat giant also said it is working on ways to curtail such on-farm drug practices at its other protein businesses, which include pork and beef.

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Poultry a Key Focus for Marfrig Global Foods in 2015
April 10, 2015 - Taking advantage of the favorable global outlook for poultry, and the opening of new markets for Brazilian beef, are key focuses for Marfrig Global Foods in its strategy for 2015.

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Simmons Foods Receives Darden Supplier Award
April 6, 2015 - Darden Restaurants recently announced that Simmons Foods, based in Siloam Springs, Ark., was named one of six "William B. Darden Distinguished Supplier Award" honorees for 2015.

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Expanding Operations
March 31, 2015 - The first phase of GNP Co.’s expansion plan is under way at the company’s Cold Spring and St. Cloud operations, the company announced. The first phase is expected to cost approximately $35 million. The expansion plan includes a building addition and installation of new equipment, which will increase processing capacity at the Cold Spring plant’s first-processing area as well as build-up of the company’s hatchery, the company said.

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Marel to Merge Its Bornholm and Aarhus Activities
March 24, 2015 - Marel is transferring all of its activities in Bornholm, Denmark to an existing facility in Aarhus, Denmark. Bornholm activities which are focused on development and manufacturing of advanced portioning equipment for the meat, fish and poultry industries will be transferred to Aarhus, the home of Marel’s activities in fixed weight packing and robotics.

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Alchemy Systems Acquires Chilton Consulting Group
March 11, 2015 - Alchemy Systems, the global leader in food and workplace safety for the food industry, has acquired Chilton Consulting Group. Chilton is an industry-recognized consulting firm that helps food companies navigate complex food safety standards, improve regulatory readiness, and drive frontline employee performance.

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House of Raeford Statement Regarding Sale of Further Processing Plant
February 20, 2015 - House of Raeford Farms announced the sale of its Raeford, NC-based turkey cook plant to Butterball, LLC.

In commenting on the sale, Bob Johnson, House of Raeford President and CEO, said:

“House of Raeford is pleased that another reputable North Carolina brand will be expanding operations in Raeford. This transaction will bring quality employment and business opportunities to the community through the continued operation of this facility. House of Raeford remains committed to and appreciates the support of the local community and its officials throughout this process.”

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Randy Day Named President of Perdue Farms
February 12, 2015 - Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, has announced the promotion of Randy Day to president of Perdue Foods, effective Feb. 11, 2015.

“Randy has 35 years of experience at Perdue Farms, including more than two decades on the Perdue Foods side of the business, and fully understands our diverse and growing Foods business and the strategy for growth,” said Perdue. “Most importantly, he understands that we have a strong foundation in our values of quality, integrity, teamwork, and stewardship, and our vision to become the most trusted name in food and agricultural products. I’m confident in Randy’s leadership and experience to guide our Foods business.”

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Elanco, Tyson Foods and GNP Company Team Up to Fight Hunger
February 3, 2015 - Elanco announced results of its #Feedthe9 community outreach to help fight hunger. In support of its vision for a food-secure world, Elanco’s poultry business unit donated a total of $18,000 to three customers’ community partners, and worked with 400 employees at GNP Company and Tyson Foods locations in three states to provide more than 10 tons of food and package over 14,000 meals. Elanco also recognized Tyson Foods’ team members in Monroe, N.C., for generating the most social media posts using the hashtag #Feedthe9TysonNC to raise awareness about their partner, Operation Reach Out.

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Perdue Agribusiness Headquarters Moving to Delaware
January 26, 2015 - Perdue Farms subsidiary Perdue AgriBusiness will be relocating its headquarters from Salisbury, Md., to Sussex County, Del. In a statement, the company said: “Approximately 150 current and future executive, management and support positions will be housed at the new location. All other Perdue AgriBusiness operations will continue in their current locations, including the grain operations at Zion Church Road in Salisbury.”

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Big Dutchman Acquires Controlling Interest in Proline Group
January 22, 2015 - The Big Dutchman group based in Vechta, Germany, announced that the company has acquired a controlling interest of the Canada-based Proline Group. With about 50 employees globally, Proline Group is a leading supplier of production technologies for the pig, poultry, and grain handling industries in Asia and Oceania. Proline Group designs, supplies, builds and installs (turn-key) livestock equipment and facilities for pig, poultry and grain production under the brands PigPro, ChickPro and GrainPro.

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Investigation Reveals Plastic in Nugget Not from Cargill Facilities
January 14, 2015 - Cargill announced today, that after an exhaustive investigation, they are confident the blue, plastic foreign material recently reported in one McDonalds Chicken Nugget in Japan did not originate from Cargill’s production facilities. The Cargill investigation included physical analysis, chemical analysis, microscopic third-party lab analysis and a step-by-step search across Cargill’s entire production facility.

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2014

DuPont and Monsanto Reach Settlement of Litigation Involving Technology Disputes
December 29, 2014 - DuPont and Monsanto Company announced today that they have agreed to settle and dismiss their respective patent infringement lawsuits pending in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. The litigation related to claims by Monsanto that DuPont had infringed certain Monsanto seed chipping patents and claims by DuPont that Monsanto had infringed certain DuPont patents related to seed processing. Terms of the settlement are not being disclosed.

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Tyson Foods Donates 55,000 Meals to Toy Drive
December 19, 2014 - Sara Lilygren, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Tyson Foods, joins TODAY to announce the company’s donation to our annual Toy Drive.

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Case Farms Donates to North Carolina School for the Deaf
December 17, 2014 - Leading poultry producer Case Farms recently made a significant donation to the North Carolina School for the Deaf Foundation (NCSD). This year, the annual donation will contribute to the foundation’s mission of closing the gap between the shrinking availability of public dollars and the increasing need for more effective ways to enrich education for the deaf community. The foundation, located in Morganton, is a nonprofit organization that works closely with the area schools to create a world where there are no limits to what deaf and hard-of-hearing students can achieve.

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Cooper Farms to Present Presidential Turkey This Thanksgiving
November 13, 2014 - A 76-year-old family-owned Ohio farm is raising the National Thanksgiving Turkey that’s expected to be presented to President Barack Obama in just a few weeks. The presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey to the President is bestowed each year upon the individual serving as chairman of the National Turkey Federation (NTF). This year, the presidential flock is being raised by Cooper Farms in Fort Recovery, Ohio.

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Ozark Mountain Poultry to Hire in Excess of 100 Additional Employees
November 12, 2014 - According to a spokesperson for Ozark Mountain Poultry the Warren facility is set to hire in excess of 100 additional workers with a target date of December 8th. This will allow the company to start a second shift.

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Celebrating 100 Million Chicks from Cobb Germany Hatchery
November 4, 2014 - With pride, Cobb Germany hatched its 100 millionth female Cobb500 parent stock chick which was delivered to Polish broiler breeder farmer, Leszek Wasikowski. The company’s hatchery at Wiesenena, near Leipzig, was opened in 1998 and has been expanded to a capacity of 10 million chicks / year to supply the 21 countries where it is the parent stock distributor.

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Novus International Releases Sixth Annual Sustainability Report
October 9, 2014 - Novus International, Inc. releases its 2013 Sustainability Report, which documents and measures the company’s comprehensive social, environmental and economic sustainability program. Titled "Summing up Sustainability," the report highlights progress in the company’s key focus areas, which include: Customer Productivity and Profitability, Supply Chain Efficiency, Human Health and Nutrition, Sustainable Animal Agriculture, Employee Empowerment and Engagement.

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With Retirement, Business Leader Sells Bettcher Industries to Workers
October 3, 2014 - Bettcher Industries Inc. announced Thursday that longtime chairman Larry Bettcher has retired after a 56-year career. Bettcher’s retirement comes at the same time that the well-known manufacturer of food processing equipment and precision-cutting technology in Birmingham also announced completion of its transition to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan with the sale of remaining shares of company stock previously owned by the Bettcher family.

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Hormel Foods Announces Advancements
September 25, 2014 - Hormel Foods Corporation announced the advancements of Mark D. Vaupel, Swen Neufeldt and Jeffrey A. Grev. These advancements will become effective Oct. 28, 2014.

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Zoetis Ranked Among Top Ten Companies for Working Mothers
September 17, 2014 - Zoetis Inc. announced that it has been named among the top 10 on Working Mother magazine’s "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" list. The publication selects the top 100 companies in the U.S. that have demonstrated their commitment to progressive workplace programs such as child care, flexibility, advancement and paid family leave.

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Smithfield Foods Launches Three-Part "Sustainability Stories" Web Series
September 4, 2014 - Those interested in how a multibillion-dollar company became a global leader in sustainable food production will want to check out Smithfield's new series of sustainability stories. The first of three web-based stories was launched today on SmithfieldCommitments.com, the company announced.

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Cooper Farms Acquires Fort Recovery Equity
August 12, 2014 - Cooper Farms announced that it has completed its acquisition of Fort Recovery Equity, a chicken egg-layer and pullet cooperative based in Fort Recovery, Ohio. The purchase allows Cooper Farms to grow their egg division and branch into value-added egg products.

“Our Cooper family stockholders are very excited about creating a much more viable egg division for our company,” said Gary Cooper, Cooper Farms COO. “We have big plans for our future in eggs and value-added egg products.”

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Aviagen’s First Mobile-Equipped Production Management School
August 4, 2014 - Poultry professionals from throughout the world gathered in Huntsville recently for an intensive, hands-on immersion in the latest best practices in poultry management. Attendees of the 51st Aviagen Production Management School, hosted annually by Aviagen, the world’s largest poultry breeding company, for the first time received all course materials and technical documentation on Apple® iPad MiniTM tablets issued to them by the school – making theirs the first mobile-equipped class in the school’s long history.

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Cargill Turkey Says “NO” to Growth-Promoting Antibiotics
July 15, 2014 - Cargill’s Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms, are now the first major turkey brands to remove growth-promoting antibiotics from all turkeys across the independent farms they work with, without charging a premium price. Based on consumer research and feedback, these brands are pioneering efforts to provide families with new, affordable, turkey choices.

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Cal-Maine Foods Achieves Record Annual Sales of over One Billion Dozen Eggs
July 10, 2014 - Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. announced that the Company reached annual sales of over one billion dozen eggs for fiscal 2014 with an expected total of 1.014 billion dozen fresh eggs sold. This significant milestone marks a new record year of sales for Cal-Maine Foods and the first time any domestic or world egg supplier has surpassed annual sales of over one billion dozen eggs.

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DuPont Clear into the Future® Awards $123,000 in Grants and Sponsorships to Support Conservation Research, Education
July 3, 2014 - The DuPont Clear into the Future® (CITF) program has awarded grants and sponsorships totaling $123,000 to 15 organizations from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia in support of their work to improve and enhance the Delaware Estuary and other ecosystems where DuPont employees live and work. This is the first year that the program has considered applications in support of conservation work in communities beyond the Delaware Estuary.

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Butterball Names Al Jansen Vice President of Integrated Business Strategy
June 30, 2014 - Butterball, LLC recently named Al Jansen as the company’s vice president of integrated business strategy, effective June 16, 2014. As vice president of integrated business strategy, Jansen will be responsible for the continued development of Butterball’s strategic analysis and design efforts to fully integrate, align and optimize the processes and resources of the company’s live operation, manufacturing, and customer enhancement process. Jansen will also oversee management of the company’s competitive benchmarking program across all functions to include live operations, further processing, sales and marketing.

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Cargill Develops Non-GMO Soybean Oil
June 24, 2014 - Cargill is introducing a soybean oil made from identity-preserved (IdP), conventionally-bred (non-GM) soybeans for customers interested in exploring a non-GMO claim on their product label. The oil is refined in Cargill’s Des Moines, Iowa, plant in a process certified by SGS, a global inspection, verification, testing and certification company.

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ADM Expands Presence in Asia-Pacific to Serve Growing Market
June 12, 2014 - Archer Daniels Midland Company announced actions to align its investments and organization to better serve growing demand for its products across Asia-Pacific.

“As populations and incomes across Asia continue to rise, diets are evolving. With that shift comes an increase in demand for crops and other products from agriculture. For decades, ADM has connected the world’s harvest with the Asian market,” said ADM Chairman and CEO Patricia Woertz. “Now, we’re taking a series of actions to enhance our ability to efficiently serve that growing demand.”

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Japanese Business Leaders Visit Hy-Line
April 29, 2014 - Japanese business leaders from Marubeni Egg Corporation visited Hy-Line for a two-day discussion and tour. Among the visitors from Marubeni Egg Corporation were Chief Operating Officer Makoto Watanabe; Director Operating Officer Hiromi Teranishi; and Sales Manager Yosuke Inoue. Marubeni Egg Corporation is a division of Marubeni Corporation that trades and develops businesses in the fields of raw ingredients for food, food distribution and food products.

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Hillshire Brands to Acquire Van’s Natural Foods from Catterton Partners
April 21, 2014 - The Hillshire Brands Company and Catterton Partners, the leading consumer-focused private equity firm, announced that Hillshire Brands has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Catterton portfolio company Van’s Natural Foods. Van’s is a leading better-for-you food brand that delivers great taste, nutrition, simple/clean ingredients and all-family appeal across multiple product lines in frozen breakfast and snack foods. Hillshire Brands will pay $165 million for Van’s, which is expected to have net revenues of approximately $60 million in calendar year 2014. The transaction is expected to close in May of 2014 pending regulatory clearance.

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Perdue's Cromwell, Ky., Operation Associates Achieve Safety Milestone
April 11, 2014 - Associates at Perdue’s Cromwell operation achieved a safety milestone on March 27, 2014, after working one million production hours without experiencing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable lost-time case. Counting toward the milestone began in September 2013.

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Perdue Plant in Prince George is Adding 190 Jobs
March 28, 2014 - Two weeks after a food distributor announced it is closing its facility and laying off 46 people, another food company just down the road said it is hiring four times that many people. Perdue Foods is increasing capacity at its Mid-Atlantic Replenishment Center, located at 5155 Chudoba Parkway, Prince George. This includes a $3 million investment in additional equipment, plus adding 190 new positions at the facility, bringing the number of people employed there to more than 500.

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Sanderson Farms Poultry Complex Still on Schedule for 2015 Completion
March 14, 2014 - In January, the last time the Herald-Press received an update on the $124 million Sanderson Farms poultry complex being constructed in the area, progress was reported to be on track, minus a few minor delays – per compliments of Mother Nature. As of Thursday, construction is still in motion and on schedule, according to Bob “Pic” Billingsley, director of development and engineering.

“We've had to deal with elements out there, with the rainy weather since we've gotten under construction in November, but we can't control that – we just have to deal with it,” he said. “From a construction standpoint everything’s on schedule as planned – no surprises.”

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Peco Foods Announces New $165 Million Project in Northeast Arkansas
March 4, 2014 - Peco Foods announced plans to build a fully integrated poultry complex in Randolph and Clay Counties in northeastern Arkansas. The new facilities will include a hatchery, feed mill and processing plant. Through both locations, the company plans to invest an estimated $165 million and create I ,000 new jobs.

"We are extremely pleased to formally announce this new project today," Mark Hickman said. "As we have experienced firsthand with our complex in Batesville, the state of Arkansas is home .to an outstanding workforce that shares the goals and values of our company. I want to thank Governor Beebe and his team for their assistance in making our Northeast Arkansas expansion a reality. We look forward to a long and very successful partnership."

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DuPont Opens Office in Myanmar, One of the Fastest Growing Economies in ASEAN
February 28, 2014 - DuPont, the world’s leading science company, announces the opening of its business operations in Myanmar, with commitment to helping address the country’s challenges in feeding the growing population, reducing dependence on fossil fuels and protecting people and the environment.

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Harvest Preparatory School Expanding to Address Achievement Gap in North Minneapolis
February 14, 2014 - The Cargill Foundation announced on Wednesday that it is providing a three-year, $1.5 million grant to assist in the creation of the Harvest Network of Schools, which will manage services for its three schools. Specifically, the grant will support the development and implementation of a growth plan, which is focused on: planning, teaching, and student assessment; instructional leadership and coaching; school leadership, fundraising and financial management.

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Jamesway Announces New Website, Logo
February 3, 2014 - Incubator Company Jamesway has launched its new website. "The look and feel of the website uses our traditional colors which were incorporated into the new logo and emphasizes our products and services to ensure hatchery managers and investors a worry free hatchery," according to Jamesway President Dr Ian MacKinnon.

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Hormel Foods Recognized as one of the 2014 Best Companies for Leaders
January 24, 2014 - Hormel Foods Corporation announced it was ranked No. 9 on the 2014 Best Companies for Leaders list by Chief Executive magazine. This is the first time Hormel Foods has received this recognition. Chief Executive magazine compiles the list each year to identify companies that excel in leadership development. Criteria included having a formal leadership process in place, the depth of the leadership funnel (as measured by the percentage of senior management and middle management positions filled by internal candidates), and the company’s performance.

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Diamond V Makes Top Management Changes
January 8, 2014 - Diamond V has re-organized its upper level management team, effective January 1, 2014. One of which is the transition of John Bloomhall, President and CEO, to Chairman of the Board, making him the fifth family member to lead the company. Past Chairman of the Board, Bill Bloomhall, continues to serve as a board member.

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