Perdue names president for new premium meat venture
Dec. 5, 2017
by MEAT+POULTRY Staff
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Mark McKay will run the Perdue Premium Meat operation.
SALISBURY, Md. — Perdue Farms announced the promotion of Mark McKay to president of Perdue Premium Meat, a new branch of the company. Premium Meat will focus on the pork, lamb, beef and pet treat business for Perdue.
“Mark is an experienced and thoughtful executive who will lead Perdue’s premium meat portfolio for the Coleman Natural, Niman Ranch, and pet treat brands to the next level of market penetration,” said Perdue Farms CEO Randy Day on Dec. 4. “This move aligns the resources from production through sales to further our growth in premium, no-antibiotics-ever, all-vegetarian-fed products from animals raised to higher standards across the full range of proteins.”
McKay has worked in the meat and poultry industry for 30 years. He joined Perdue in 2011 as part of the company’s acquisition of Coleman Natural Foods. McKay worked with organic poultry, no-antibiotics-ever beef and pork, and local brands at Coleman Natural Foods. He also helped support Perdue’s transition from poultry to multiple proteins.
McKay previously served as executive vice president of specialty proteins and business development. He also oversees the brands and operations acquired through Perdue’s 2015 purchase of Natural Food Holdings, including the Niman Ranch and Siouxpreme brands.