Think of Niman Ranch, and most people think of Bill Niman, the driven and outspoken founder of natural and organic meat company. However, there's a change at the company.

Bill Niman has stepped down from his role as chairman, and now Jeff Swain is Niman Ranch's new chairman in addition to serving as chief executive officer. Niman will continue raising cattle and advocating for family farmers, according to a company news release.

Based in Alameda, Calif., Niman Ranch currently includes a network of more than 500 "family farmers" in various parts of the nation. These growers are "committed to raising animals according to humane handling practices and without antibiotics or added growth hormones," according to the company. Beef and pork are the company's product drivers.