In this issue, get to know Walt Shafer, chief operations officer at Lincoln Premium Poultry and MEAT+POULTRY’s Operations Executive of the Year. Lincoln Premium Poultry is the exclusive poultry supplier to Costco club stores. Six years ago, Shafer stepped up to the challenge of turning the idea of a retailer-owned processing plant into a brick-and-mortar reality. This annual award, which is in its 10th year, recognizes executives who have dedicated their careers to pursuing operational excellence while providing leadership and delivering innovative solutions.
Also in the July issue, we take a behind-the-scenes look at the progressive company culture of Maple Leaf Foods; learn what’s driving the resurgence of mobile slaughter and take a deep-dive into the evolution of food safety in meat and poultry processing as part of The Sosland Company’s Centennial celebration.