The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) recognized more than 200 meat and poultry plants at the 2023 Environmental, Labor and Safety+ Conference in Carlsbad, California for their positive environmental impact achievements. Fifteen additional establishments that went above and beyond were granted Environmental Achievement Awards for their progress with emissions reduction, energy conservation, packaging/food waste reduction, technological innovation, and water conservation.
“NAMI congratulates these companies and their leadership for ensuring their products contribute to a sustainable food system,” said NAMI President and CEO Julie Anna Potts. “Their hard work and innovation will ensure the meat and poultry industry continues to employ the highest standards and latest technology to produce wholesome, safe, nutritious products that consumers can be proud to put on their plates.”
The NAMI Environmental Achievement Awards are given to NAMI member companies that go beyond environmental compliance by designing and successfully implementing an innovative plant upgrade or environmental program. The Environmental Achievement Award winners represent establishments operated by JBS, Pilgrim’s, Smithfield and SugarCreek. The winners are as follows:
Category 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Emissions Reduction JBS – Tolleson Smithfield – Sioux Falls Pilgrim’s – Canton Complex Energy Conservation JBS – Green Bay JBS USA Hyrum Beef SugarCreek Packing Co. – Cambridge City Packaging and/or Food Waste Reduction Smithfield Packaged Meat – Kinston JBS USA Grand Island Beef Smithfield – Des Moines Technological Innovation JBS – Plainwell Pilgrim’s – Talmo Hatchery SugarCreek Packing Co. – Washington Court House Water Conservation Pilgrim’s – Arcadia Smithfield Packaged Meats – Carroll Smithfield – Milan
The Environmental Recognition Awards honor a company’s dedication to continuous environmental improvement, as witnessed by the development and implementation of Environmental Management Systems. The Environmental Recognition Award winners include establishments throughout North America operated by: American Foods Group, Caviness Beef Packers, CS Beef Packers, Clemens Food Group, FPL Foods, Golden State Foods, JBS, Land O’ Frost, Maple Leaf Foods, OSI Group, Pilgrim’s, Smithfield Foods, SugarCreek Packing, Triumph Foods and West Liberty Foods.
Companies that earned these awards also reported data in 2022 for The Protein PACT, which is uniting the largest-ever industry effort to strengthen animal protein’s contributions to healthy people, healthy animals, healthy communities, and a healthy environment.
About the North American Meat Institute: The North American Meat Institute is a leading voice for the meat and poultry industry. The Meat Institute’s members process the vast majority of U.S. beef, pork, lamb, and poultry, as well as manufactures the equipment and ingredients needed to produce safe, high quality meat and poultry products.