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2020

The Makers of HORMEL NATURAL CHOICE Deli Meats Announce Partnership with Feeding America to Donate 1.5 Million Meals
February 4, 2020 - The makers of Hormel Natural Choice products announced a partnership with Feeding America to donate 1.5 million meals to help feed the more than 37 million Americans struggling with hunger. This year-long donation program will help ensure that food-insecure people and communities throughout the United States will have access to nutritious food.

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Perdue Foundation Donates $5,000 for Georgia Mountain Food Bank’s Fresh Grocery Delivery Program
February 3, 2020 - Perdue Farms, through the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, has provided a $5,000 grant to Georgia Mountain Food Bank’s Fresh Grocery Delivery Program to purchase and deliver fresh nutritious food for schoolchildren in need. The donation is part of Perdue’s “Delivering Hope to Our Neighbors” hunger relief initiative to provide access to nutritious protein for people struggling with hunger and make meaningful progress toward ending hunger.

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Sanderson Farms Names Two New Directors
February 3, 2020 - Sanderson Farms has promoted Edward Chisholm to director of operations, and Mike Tamimi as the company’s director of production.

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Hendrix Genetics Welcomes Alan Rickard as New Managing Director of Turkey Business
January 31, 2020 - Following a recent announcement by Hendrix Genetics about changes to its executive committee, we are pleased to welcome a new managing director to the turkey business, Alan Rickard. Alan joins the turkey team, representing the Hybrid Turkeys brand, on Feb. 3. Based in Canada, Alan comes with a wealth of experience in the agri-food and biofuels sectors. He worked for both private and publicly held companies, in Canada and Europe.

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Marel: 2019 Results Published Feb. 5, Investor Meeting on Feb. 6
January 29, 2020 - On Thursday, Feb. 6, at 8:30 am GMT (9:30 am CET), Marel will host an investor meeting where CEO Árni Oddur Thórdarson and CFO Linda Jónsdóttir will give an overview of the financial results and operational highlights in the fourth quarter and for the full year.

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$15,000 Perdue Foundation Grant Supports Forklift Education at Delaware Tech
January 29, 2020 - Perdue Farms has awarded a $15,000 grant from the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to Delaware Technical Community College’s workforce development program. The money will used to buy a forklift for students interested in earning a forklift/operations/safety certification, including those in the high school manufacturing program.

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Storm Lake Library Receives Grant from Tyson Foods Turkey Operations
January 29, 2020 - Friends of the Storm Lake Library received a grant of $1,000 from Tyson Foods Turkey Operations to help further refurnishing projects within the library. Funds were conveyed on Jan. 23 by Tim Steffan, Tyson HR manager, poultry division, Turkey Operations. Accepting the grant were Elizabeth Huff, library director, left, and Wendy Ewalt, Friends of the Library organization.

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Hormel Foods: 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders
January 29, 2020 - Watch as Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer at Hormel Foods updates shareholders at the 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders in Austin, Minn.

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Hendrix Genetics Announces Changes to Its Executive Committee
January 28, 2020 - Hendrix Genetics, a leading global animal genetics company with activities in 25 countries, announced the addition of two members, Johan van Arendonk and Raf Beeren, to its executive committee (ExCO), effective April 1. The company also announced the resignation of current ExCo member Dave Libertini. With these changes, the ExCo will consist of five members.

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Hormel Foods Corporation First Quarter Earnings Conference Call
January 27, 2020 - Hormel Foods Corporation invites you to participate in a conference call with Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer, and Jim Sheehan, executive vice president and chief financial officer, to discuss the company’s first quarter financial results.

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Cargill Expands Animal Nutrition Production Facility
January 27, 2020 - Cargill expanded its Diamond V Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S., manufacturing plant to complete all production and packaging of its natural immune support products in one facility.

“Diamond V has always been committed to offering products that support healthy animals, more efficient animal production, better pre-harvest food safety, stronger antibiotic stewardship, and improved public health,” said Mike Goble, Cargill’s global managing director for Diamond V. “The demand for natural animal health products is growing, and this expansion will allow us to support our customers.”

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Alltech Global Feed Survey Reveals First Production Decline in Nine Years
January 27, 2020 - The 2020 Alltech Global Feed Survey estimates that international feed tonnage decreased by 1.07% to 1.126 billion metric tons of feed produced last year, due largely to African swine fever (ASF) and the decline of pig feed in the Asia-Pacific region. The top nine feed-producing countries are the U.S., China, Brazil, Russia, India, Mexico, Spain, Japan and Germany. Together, these countries produce 58% of the world’s feed production and contain 57% of the world’s feed mills, and they can be viewed as an indicator of overall trends in agriculture.

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Craig England, New President of MOBA USA
January 27, 2020 - England is no stranger to MOBA and the Diamond brand. He has worked with Diamond Systems before: "I began working in this industry for Diamond Systems in 1984. I was there until 2006." After some adventures at different companies within the poultry industry, for example as Vice President of Big Dutchman and President of PMSI, as well as founding his own company EggZact Services, Mr. England found his way back to Diamond.

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Foster Farms Corn Dogs Partners with WWE for "Hunger Monster" Campaign
January 24, 2020 - Foster Farms Corn Dogs announced a new partnership with WWE. The campaign features WWE Superstar Lacey Evans and her daughter Summer, as they face off against the “Hunger Monster,” a ravenous, furry beast representing kids’ appetites and between meal cravings.

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Cargill: Covantis Initiative Announces Lead Technology Partner – ConsenSys
January 23, 2020 - The founding members of the Covantis initiative, which aims to modernize global trade operations, have announced the selection of ConsenSys, a market leading Ethereum blockchain technology company, as the lead technology partner to develop its transformative platform.

“The founders set up a robust selection process, including a two-week hackathon, to ensure that we chose the right technology partner to meet our industry’s needs,” said Stefano Rettore, independent advisor to the project. “ConsenSys presented prototypes that demonstrated excellence in its field and has a track record of using blockchain technology to digitize processes in the commodity trade finance industry. We are confident this partnership will allow us to build a first-class product, centered around unparalleled functionality, security and privacy.”

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Tyson Foods Again Tops FORTUNE’s World’s Most Admired Companies List for Food Production
January 22, 2020 - For the fourth straight year, Tyson Foods, Inc. ranks No. 1 on Fortune magazine’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies in the Food Production category. The annual survey, conducted by Fortune and Korn Ferry, is given to top executives, directors and financial analysts to identify the companies that have the strongest reputations within their industries and across all industries.

“We’re proud of our team members who work hard every day to make our company successful. This honor from Fortune is a great recognition of their efforts,” said Noel White, CEO of Tyson Foods. “Sustainable, global growth that drives value for our customers and consumers while feeding the world nutritious, affordable food is at the center of our strategy.”

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West Liberty Foods Announces Executive Changes
January 22, 2020 - West Liberty, Iowa-based West Liberty Foods has announced several additions and changes to its executive leadership team. Luis Villalobos is vice president of operations as of Jan. 6. Andy Jaspers has rejoined the company as vice president of research & development, as of mid-January. Joe Swanson, previously vice president of operations, has moved to the new role of vice president of operations quality. Tara Lindsay, previously vice president of human resources & EHS, has been promoted to chief talent & culture officer.

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Jamesway Names Regional Sales Manager for Canada
January 21, 2020 - Jamesway is excited to announce an expansion to their North American Sales Team with the addition of their new Regional Sales Manager for Canada, Mr. Brent Johnston.

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Tyson Foods Initiates Coalition to Advance the Future of Sustainable Protein
January 21, 2020 - Tyson Foods, Inc. announced the creation of the COALITION FOR GLOBAL PROTEIN, a multi-stakeholder initiative to advance the future of sustainable protein. To mark the launch of the Coalition, Tyson Foods is convening leaders from the global protein industry, which includes all forms of protein, as well as academia, non-governmental organizations and financial institutions this week at Davos, Switzerland, alongside the 50th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. The goal is to unite stakeholders across the food and agriculture sector to identify and implement new and creative solutions to sustainably feed the world’s growing population. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Lawrence Haddad, executive director of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition.

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Perdue Named Best Employer for Diversity by Forbes for Second Year in a Row
January 21, 2020 - Forbes has named Perdue Farms a “Best Employer for Diversity 2020.” This is the second year the company has been featured on the list. Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to create the third annual ranking of America’s best employers for diversity. The companies were chosen based on an independent survey of 60,000 employees working for American companies employing at 1,000 people in their U.S. operations. A representative sample of employees were surveyed, and respondents were asked questions regarding the topics of age, gender equality, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQA+ and general diversity concerning their own employer.

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Midwest Poultry Services Has New Name, Opens New Headquarters in North Manchester
January 19, 2020 - Midwest Poultry Services announced it will now be known as MPS Egg Farms – a move that reflects its core business of egg production for leading grocery retailers, food distributors and food service companies across the United States. The company has also built a new state-of-the-art headquarters in North Manchester, Indiana, to be closer to three of its four farms and to allow for greater collaboration among its team that services national customers daily.

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Marel: Preliminary Results for 2019 Show 7% Revenue Growth with 13.5% EBIT - Q4 EBIT Margin Below Expectations
January 17, 2020 - Marel‘s preliminary and unaudited financial results for 2019 show revenue growth of around 7% to EUR 1,284m (FY18: 1,198m), of which EUR 320m was generated in Q4 2019 (4Q18: 331m). The EBIT margin is approximately 13.5% for the full year of 2019 (FY18: 14.6%), due to a low EBIT margin of around 10% in Q4 2019 (4Q18: 14.6%). This temporary drop in operational performance is due to an unfavorable industry and product mix as well as increased costs incurred to address shifts in geographical demand.

Preliminary orders received were EUR 303m in 4Q19 (4Q18: 296m). Preliminary free cash flow in 4Q19 was robust at EUR 53m (4Q18: 41m), and down payments on orders received in the back-end of the quarter reflect the improved market conditions and rising investment appetite of Marel’s customers.

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Alltech Launches Relief Effort for Australian Farmers
January 17, 2020 - Even as rain begins to fall in some parts of Australia, wildfires continue to devastate large portions of the country. The fires have already destroyed an estimated 10 million hectares, claiming 25 lives and killing wildlife and livestock. Alltech, a leading animal nutrition company, is lending its support to the country’s agriculture industry, launching a global fundraising effort for farmers and pledging to match donations dollar-for-dollar. The Australia Farming Relief Fund will provide goods and services directly to producers and will be coordinated on the ground by Alltech family companies Alltech Lienert Australia and KEENAN Australia.

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Alltech to Reveal Results of Ninth Annual Alltech Global Feed Survey
January 16, 2020 - Join Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech, as he shares the results of the ninth annual Alltech Global Feed Survey during a panel discussion with industry leaders. The presentation will be livestreamed from Alltech’s global headquarters in Nicholasville, Kentucky at 10 am (EST) on Monday, Jan. 27.

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend
January 16, 2020 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced that its board of directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.32 (thirty-two cents) per share payable Feb. 11, to stockholders of record on Jan. 28, 2020.

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Perdue Foundation Donates $1M to Help Combat Hunger in Celebration of Perdue Farms’ 100th Anniversary
January 16, 2020 - Perdue Farms is elevating its commitment to alleviate food insecurity with the launch of its new “Delivering Hope To Our Neighbors™” hunger initiative and announcing a Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation-funded $1 million donation to support its Feeding America-affiliated food bank partners in celebration of the company’s 100th anniversary. “Delivering Hope To Our Neighbors™” is a companywide initiative focused on providing access to nutritious protein for people struggling with hunger and making meaningful progress toward ending hunger.

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BIOMIN Debuts New Animal Nutrition Lab
January 15, 2020 - BIOMIN, an animal nutrition company, unveiled a new China-Austria joint laboratory of Animal Nutrition in Beijing in cooperation with the Institute of Animal Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

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Sanderson Championship Donates Record $1.3 Million to Friends of Children’s Hospital
January 14, 2020 - The Sanderson Farms PGA Championship presented a $1.3 million donation to Friends of Children’s Hospital, the fundraising arm of Batson Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi. Funds raised from the 2019 tournament will go toward the $100 million Children’s of Mississippi capital campaign, and the construction of a new seven-story, 340,000-square-foot pediatric tower that will be home to 88 private neonatal intensive care rooms, 12 additional operating rooms, 32 pediatric intensive care rooms, an imaging center designed for children, and a specialty clinic. The Children’s Heart Center will also call the new building home. This new pediatric tower will allow for updated space and additional room, and more convenience and comfort for families of sick children.

Sanderson Farms Chief Executive and Chairman of the Board Joe Sanderson Jr., who is chairman of the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi with his wife, Kathy, said the funds raised through the state’s only PGA TOUR event will benefit families today, as well as in the future. The record-breaking donation follows $1.25 million raised in 2018. Since Sanderson Farms became title sponsor in 2013, the championship has had a total charitable impact of over $8.1 million.

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New PERDUE® CHICKEN PLUS™ Contest Seeks to Celebrate America's Pickiest Eater
January 13, 2020 - Research suggests that 93% of U.S. children between the ages of 1 and 18 do not meet current recommendations for vegetable intake, and some go days without eating veggies at all. To help parents end the mealtime battle, PERDUE® launched its new, veggie-infused CHICKEN PLUSTM product line in late 2019. Now, the brand is hosting its first ever America’s Pickiest Eater Contest, calling on parents to submit the most hysterical photos and videos of their kids’ picky-eater moments. The winner deemed America’s pickiest eater will receive one year of free PERDUE CHICKEN PLUS products and be featured in select PERDUE advertising. Additionally, the premium protein brand will donate 2,000 pounds of product to a school of the winner’s choice.

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Neogen Acquires Italian Food Safety Company Diessechem
January 13, 2020 - Neogen Corporation announced that it has acquired Italy-based Diessechem S.R.L. — a distributor of food and feed safety diagnostics for the past 27 years. With the acquisition, Diessechem’s operations will stay in Milan, and will be managed through Neogen’s European operations. Key Diessechem employees will be joining Neogen, ensuring a smooth transition and continued strong revenue growth.

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Wayne Farms Investing $17 Million in Mississippi Plant
January 10, 2020 - To accommodate the growing demand for its Ladybird line of poultry products, officials with Wayne Farms LLC announced plans to expand its Laurel, Mississippi fresh poultry processing plant. The $16.9 million project will expand the 116,000 sq.-ft. slaughter and processing facility, adding capacity as well as about 200 jobs, which will push total employment to about 500 people. Recruitment for the 190 hourly workers and 11 salaried supervisory and management positions is underway.

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NC’s Electric Cooperatives, Tideland EMC and Rose Acre Farms to Develop Agricultural Microgrid in Hyde County
January 9, 2020 - North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives are partnering with Hyde County egg producer Rose Acre Farms and its local electric cooperative, Tideland EMC, to develop an agricultural microgrid that will deliver a variety of benefits to the farm and surrounding community, including enhanced environmental sustainability and power grid resiliency. The project will integrate solar panels, energy storage, and other components owned by North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives with resources owned by the farm to create a microgrid that is capable of generating its own electricity during times of power loss. It will also be connected to the main grid to diversify traditional power resources and help improve reliability and resiliency.

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Perdue Farms’ New Meat Packing Foam Dissolves in Your Sink
January 7, 2020 - Perdue Farms will start packaging some of its meat products in a more earth-friendly way with compostable foam made of cornstarch that disintegrates under running water. The company said the packaging is part of its commitment to a 30% reduction by 2022 in greenhouse gas emissions per pound of its product.

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Cargill Reports Fiscal 2020 Second-Quarter Results
January 7, 2020 - Cargill reported results for the fiscal 2020 second quarter ended Nov. 30, 2019. Key measures include:

- Adjusted operating earnings were $1.02 billion, up 19% from $853 million last year. For the first half of the year, this brought adjusted earnings to $1.93 billion. - Net earnings on a U.S. GAAP basis for the quarter were $1.19 billion, up 61% from a year ago. The increase included gains from divesting Cargill’s malt business and financial subsidiary, CarVal Investors. Net earnings for the first half climbed 20% to $2.11 billion. - Second-quarter revenues rose 4% to $29.2 billion. Six-month revenues totaled $58.2 billion, a 3% rise.

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Perdue Foundation Awards $25,000 to Susan G. Komen Maryland
January 6, 2020 - The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, awarded a $25,000 grant to Susan G. Komen Maryland to help low-income women receive treatment for breast cancer. The program helps women of any age and at any stage of the disease in the lower Eastern Shore counties of Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester. Funding is also available for Delawareans in Kent and Sussex counties.

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Case Farms Cares: A Round-Up of Holiday Donations
January 6, 2020 - During the holiday season, Case Farms facilities in North Carolina and Ohio made multiple donations, giving back to the local communities.

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Cal-Maine Foods Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results
January 6, 2020 - Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. reported results for the second quarter (thirteen weeks) ended Nov. 30, 2019. Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 were $311.5 million, a 12.5 percent decrease, compared to $356.0 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2019. The Company reported net loss of $10.1 million, or $0.21 per basic and diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2020, compared to net income of $21.8 million, or $0.45 per basic and diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2019.

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CEO at Foster Farms in Livingston Talks About Its Future
January 6, 2020 - Dan Huber looks to the future as CEO at Foster Farms. He aims for sustainable practices in the decades ahead at the Livingston-based poultry company. And he hopes the new line of chicken wings will please Super Bowl viewers early next month. Huber took over in February 2019 at Foster Farms, the top-selling poultry brand in the West. Huber, 55, talked about consumer trends, food safety, sustainability and other topics in a mid-December interview in Livingston. He has worked since 1996 for the company, founded near Waterford by Max and Verda Foster in 1939.

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Perdue Farms Launches New Direct-to-Consumer E-Commerce Website in Centennial Year
January 6, 2020 - With nearly half or more of all shoppers buying perishables such as meat, produce and dairy items online, Perdue Farms has launched a new e-commerce website that will offer a selection of its family of brands for sale directly to consumers at PerdueFarms.com.

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Phibro Animal Health Corporation to Host Webcast and Conference Call on December 2019 Quarterly Financial Results
January 6, 2020 - Phibro Animal Health Corporation expects to announce its second quarter financial results on Monday, Feb. 3, after the market closes. Phibro management will host a conference call and webcast on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 9 a.m. Eastern Time.

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Zoetis to Host Webcast and Conference Call on Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Financial Results
January 2, 2020 - Zoetis Inc. will host a webcast and conference call at 8:30 a.m. (ET) on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Chief Executive Officer Kristin Peck and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Glenn David will review fourth quarter and full year 2019 financial results and respond to questions from financial analysts during the call.

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Tyson Foods Commits to Sustainable Soy in Poultry Supply Chain
January 2, 2020 - Meat giant Tyson Foods Inc. will work with the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) to purchase credits for soybean meal used to feed its chickens.

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Darling Ingredients Acquires 100% of EnviroFlight
January 2, 2020 - Darling Ingredients Inc. announced that it has acquired the 50% joint venture interest of EnviroFlight, LLC owned by Intrexon Corporation, thereby increasing its ownership interest in EnviroFlight to 100%. EnviroFlight, LLC is a leading developer of proprietary technologies which enable the rearing of non-pathogenic black soldier fly (BSF) larvae in a scalable manner. This innovative and responsible approach has considerable potential within the sizable global animal feed industry as it will provide an environmentally-friendly, toxin-free, sustainable source of high-value nutrients.

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Kemin Names Yannick Riou President of Kemin Nutrisurance
December 16, 2019 - Kemin Industries, a global ingredient manufacturer that strives to sustainably transform the quality of life every day for 80 percent of the world with its products and services, announced the appointment of Yannick Riou to president of Kemin Nutrisurance, the pet food and rendering technologies business unit. Riou will take over for David Raveyre, who is now group president at Kemin Industries.

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