THE American Feed Industry Assn. (AFIA) and Feedstuffs jointly announced that applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Feed Mill of the Year award.
The program, which names a winner and a runner-up, recognizes overall excellence in feed manufacturing operations, emphasizing safety, quality, regulatory compliance, operating efficiencies and overall industry awareness of food safety.
One of the benefits to applying for the award is that each applicant receives benchmarking information at the end of the competition, regardless of status. Companies can use the feedback to improve their facility in the areas of safety, quality, efficiency, housekeeping and government compliance.
"Year after year, the Feed Mill of the Year awards program continues to grow. Increasingly, firms are finding value in being able to compare internal processes against those of other participating feed mills," Keith Epperson, AFIA vice president of manufacturing and training, said. "For this reason, any feed mill concerned about inspections and other regulations is encouraged to apply."
The Southern States mill in Roanoke, Va., was named the 2012 Feed Mill of the Year, while Kent Nutrition's facility in Rockford, Ill., was named runner-up.
Participation is limited to feed mills with current AFIA membership.
To apply for the 2013 program, complete the online application at www.Feedstuffs.com. The application fee for the program is $35 per facility. Companies that want to enter multiple facilities must pay the fee for each. Applications are due by April 1.
Once applications are processed and scored, an inspection team from AFIA and Feedstuffs will make site visits to the top finalists. Final selection is based on a combined scoring of the application and personal visit. The winner will be announced in the fall.
Both the winner and the runner-up will be permitted to use appropriate logos for one year to promote their accomplishments. The top two facilities also are featured in the AFIA Journal and Feedstuffs.
Questions specific to the application may be directed to Epperson at (703) 558-3568. For other questions, contact Sarah Novak, AFIA vice president of membership and public relations, at (703) 558-3574.