Nine meat and poultry plants will soon receive American Meat Institute Foundation Environmental Achievement Awards. These biennial awards are presented to member companies that go beyond environmental compliance by designing and successfully implementing an innovative plant upgrade, environmental program or outreach initiative.

This year's award winners, in five categories, are:

Resource Conservation
First Place:  Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. - Tar Heel, N.C.
Second Place:  Equity Group Georgia Division, LLC - Camilla, Ga.

Environmental Training Programs
First Place:  Hormel Foods Corporation - Austin, Minn.
Sara Lee Food and Beverage - Claryville, Ky.
Second Place :  Curly's Foods, Inc. - Sioux City, Iowa

Advances in Environmental Technology
First Place:  John Morrell & Co. - Sioux Falls, S.D.

Environmental Outreach to the Public
First Place: Sara Lee Food and Beverage - Claryville, Ky.
Second  Place: Farmland Foods, Inc. - Monmouth, Ill.

Pollution Prevention
First Place:  Sara Lee Food and Beverage - New London, Wis.
Second  Place:  Equity Group Ohio Division, LLC - North Baltimore, Ohio

Award winners will be honored on Oct. 28, 2009, during AMI's International Meat, Poultry & Seafood Convention & Exposition, part of Worldwide Food Expo in Chicago, Ill. For the first time, several award winners will be sharing their success stories at the new Wordwide Food Expo Sustainability Pavilion, sponsored by Center for U.S. Dairy and Meat and Poultry magazine.

"We are proud of the innovative efforts of our member companies in enhancing their environmental programs," said AMI President J. Patrick Boyle, chairman of the AMI Foundation.  "We are also pleased that these leaders will share their stories in the Sustainability Pavilion at our upcoming convention and exposition so that others may benefit from their ideas."

Source: AMI