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   American Meat Science Association Welcomes Simmons Prepared Foods To The Sustaining Partners Program
by American Meat Science Association (AMSA)
Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 3:41PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, IL  ─ Simmons Prepared Foods has joined 45 other companies and institutions as a Sustaining Partner of the American Meat Science Association (AMSA). For more than 50 years, the AMSA has relied on support from partners to maintain its ability to provide community and professional development programs as well as opportunities for individuals in the field of meat science. AMSA’s Sustaining Partner program recognizes the organizations and institutions that provide significant financial and logistical contributions for the products and services offered by the organization.

“Meat scientists at Simmons Foods are not only working in prepared poultry products, but also the pet food and animal nutrition areas. Their participation as a sustaining partner opens up new opportunities for collaboration for all AMSA members and brings new insights and applications to the table,” states Thomas Powell, AMSA Executive Director.

Simmons Prepared Foods is a farm to fork poultry producer based in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, primarily serving customer brands as a supplier of premium chicken products for the foodservice industry. Simmons understands that developing long-term, strategic customer relationships starts with the right product delivered within specifications, on time every time at competitive prices. Placing a high priority on meeting demanding specifications and business integrity, Simmons is a vertically integrated producer, meaning the company is positioned to ensure quality from the farm to the family dinner table.

“Throughout our operations, Simmons Prepared Foods and its partners practice science-based, industry-accepted standards to ensure a safe, healthy food product,” said Dr. Craig Bacon, Simmons Prepared Foods’ Senior Vice President of Technical Services and head of the company’s Quality Assurance organization. “AMSA has a strong track record for providing education and development, leadership and networking opportunities for organizations who are committed to delivering quality above and beyond what is expected. It is a natural partnership and we are proud to participate as a Sustaining Partner.”

Simmons operates 3 hatcheries and 2 feed mills which support nearly 300 independent poultry growers and 20+ company managed farms who raise approximately 200 million chickens per year. The company’s 6 processing plants produce 750 million pounds of finished product per year for customer brands around the world.

The Sustaining Partnership program enables participating companies and institutions to acknowledge and further align under a common goal to foster the principles of meat science and technology. Our Sustaining Partners have enhanced AMSA programs such as student development, scientific information outreach and building the global network of meat science professionals. The program includes five levels of partnership – Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

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About AMSA
AMSA fosters community and professional development among individuals who create and apply science to efficiently provide safe and high-quality meat defined as red meat (beef, pork and lamb), poultry, fish/seafood and meat from other managed species.

About Simmons Foods
Simmons Foods and its Affiliates are leading suppliers of poultry, pet and animal nutrition products based in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Simmons works with farmers, communities, and employees to apply 60+ years of experience to serving customers. Simmons Prepared Foods ranks in the top 20 poultry producers in the United States, Simmons Pet Food is the largest supplier of store brand wet pet food in North America, and Simmons Feed Ingredients boasts an innovative line of proprietary animal nutrition products. With over 6,500 team members, Simmons Foods and its Affiliates serve customers in all 50 states and more than 40 countries around the world. Learn more about Simmons Foods at simmonsfoods.com.

Source: American Meat Science Association (AMSA)


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