The Meat Industry Hall of Fame Thursday revealed the names of six industry leaders recognized as the latest class of Hall of Fame inductees.
Each year, previously elected members and the Hall of Fame's trustees select the new members from nominations submitted by stakeholders in the red meat and poultry industry. The class of 2013 makes the fifth class of inductees.
New members include:
Barry Carpenter, CEO of the North American Meat Association. Carpenter is a former high-ranking official with USDA's Standards and Labeling Division and a long-time meat industry leader on issues related to labeling and marketing.
Michael E. Dikeman, Ph.D., Professor of Meat Science at Kansas State University, past president of the American Meat Science Association and the Federation of American Societies of Food Animal Sciences and a leading researcher on beef production and management systems.
Sheldon Lavin, Chairman and CEO of OSI Group, LLC, who took his company to the forefront of quality and efficiency as a global supplier of top quality meat products for many of the world's leading foodservice and retail brands.
Tom Pierson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University and a pioneer in analyzing effective retail marketing and merchandising programs for value-added meat and poultry products.
James "Bo" Reagan, Ph.D., Vice President of the NCBA Research and Knowledge Management Center is an expert on beef quality and safety and cattle genomics and one of the leaders of the industry's Blue Ribbon Task Force charged with responding to the E. coli O157:H7 threat.
Roger Reiser, President of Reiser, a leading food industry equipment manufacturer, and a strong proponent of advancing product quality and value through the application of leading-edge technologies in processing and packaging.
"To observers from outside our industry, they may not be household names, but to the men and women working in the industry, they are respected and well-known leaders whose careers have made significant impacts on our business," said Chuck Jolley, MIHOF President.
"They join an impressive group of men and women who have worked hard to advance our entire industry from raising livestock to processing and marketing the meat and poultry products that enrich and nourish people around the globe," he added.
An induction ceremony will be held Nov. 3 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, Ill.
Learn more at www.meatindustryhalloffame.com.