Twelve meat and poultry industry leaders were formally inducted into the Meat Industry Hall of Fame in Chicago last week. The black-tie ceremony was held at Chicago’s Union League Club in conjunction with Process Expo, a food industry trade show developed by the Food Processing Suppliers Association.

“The 12 men inducted into the Class of 2011 are all people with a passion for the business and were mentors to many current executives, researchers and innovators in meat production and poultry processing. We are so proud of all of them, and grateful for their many and varied contributions to the industry,” says executive director Dan Murphy.

Among the new inductees are:

  • Alan Simon, chairman and CEO of Omaha Steaks.
  • Clarence Becker, president of Becker Food Company.
  • Dale Huffman, retired Auburn University professor and researcher.
  • Eldon Roth, founder of BPI Inc.
  • George Watts, retired president of the National Chicken Council.
  • Jack Allen, Michigan State University professor emeritus of food marketing.
  • John Bryan, former board chairman and CEO of Sara Lee Corp.
  • John Story, retired vice president of meat marketing at Fairway Foods.
  • Manny Rosenthal, chairman emeritus of Standard Meat Co.
  • Mel Salomon, retired chairman of Allen Brothers.
  • Phil Clemens, chairman of Hatfield Quality Meats.
  • Robert Madeira, former executive director of the American Association of Meat Processors.
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