West Liberty Foods has been named by the Subway chain and its Independent Purchasing Cooperative as the 2012 Vendor of the Year, Subway said in a news release.
West Liberty Foods provides various meat products and related services to the Subway chain. The processor was cited for its work with the brand on product improvements and food safety initiatives, as well as its commitment to corporate social responsibility.
"West Liberty Foods has continued its investment in state-of-the-art facilities, implemented the most advanced food safety protocols, demonstrated strategic vision and innovation in their collaboration with Subway and the IPC, and has achieved national recognition for its work in the area of social responsibility," said Jan Risi, President of the IPC, which is responsible for procuring products, equipment, supplies and services used in Subway restaurants.
"Across the board, West Liberty has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the Subway brand and an unsurpassed level of excellence in all areas of their business."
"As a company we push the boundaries — whether it is food safety, product development or environmental sustainability — because it's the right thing to do," said Ed Garrett, President and CEO of West Liberty Foods.
On the corporate social responsibility front, West Liberty Foods is among the first companies in the United States to have its "landfill free" efforts at its Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and Tremonton, Utah, plants verified by a third party organization.
West Liberty Foods also built the Hearts & Hands Children's Academy in Tremonton as a way to provide day care, as well as educational activities and programming, for children from 6-weeks of age through 12-years-old.
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