2024 BIFSCo Members

AFCO | a ZEP Company

John Ferraro

Established in 1855, AFCO is a leading specialty chemical company serving the food and beverage industry. We are your trusted partner delivering sustainable solutions through food safety. We provide products and services that improve operational efficiencies for our customers. Our use of responsible chemistry and water management enable significant cost savings by reducing carbon emissions, water, and waste. We offer high-quality cleaners and sanitizers, intervention solutions, equipment systems, water treatment programs, deep cleaning and abatement services, as well as technical service and support.

American Foods Group

Ashley Lembke

American Foods Group is a third–generation, family-owned business based in the Midwest of the United States. Through their values of family, partnership, integrity, trust, and care, they can produce safe and wholesome beef that is second to none. American Foods Group’s family of brands can be found in your grocery store, school cafeteria, and at the ballpark. As an industry leader, American Foods Group strives to be transparent by doing the right thing and staying true to its commitments. When you are a part of the American Foods Group family, you are part of the solution that helps feed the world.

American Meat Science Association

Deidrea Mabry

The American Meat Science Association (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). AMSA is a broad-reaching organization of individuals that discovers, develops, and disseminates its collective meat science knowledge to provide leadership, education, and professional development. Our passion is to help meat science professionals achieve previously unimaginable levels of performance and reach even higher goals. AMSA is the premier provider of learning and knowledge for the meat science discipline. Our association delivers innovative learning experiences, opportunities for peer-to-peer collaboration and leadership development programs designed to advance the meat science discipline.

Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production

Brent Marnin

We are nutritional innovators, microbial pioneers and food safety experts. Taking an integrated approach, we deliver solutions powered by nature for the poultry, swine, dairy and beef industries—and throughout the food chain from Farm to Fork. You can count on ARM & HAMMER™ to integrate diverse technologies from live production to postharvest in ways that create positive change. Every day, our dedicated team of experts around the world is working to improve the health and quality of life for animals and people everywhere. Our portfolio of solutions for beef addresses many of the industry’s most critical challenges, whether it’s the need for improved resilience in animals or providing added confidence in the efficacy of the food safety approach at processing facilities.


Ron Stubbs

Founded in 2015, ButcherBox is an online retailer of high-quality, humanely raised meat. The company delivers 100% grass-fed, grass-finished beef, free-range organic chicken, crate-free pork, and wild-caught seafood. Our ready to cook and ready to eat proteins are frozen and packaged in individual and family sized portions, and then delivered curbside to members 100% recyclable, insulated boxes.

Cargill Protein North America

Scott Pohlman

We exist to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. We combine our experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries.

Caviness Beef Packers

Jorge Aleman

Caviness Beef Packers, LTD and CS Beef Packers, LLC are progressive beef packers and further processors whose products are marketed through a variety of foodservice and retail channels. Relationships, product quality and service are paramount from farm gate to dinner plate!

Chr. Hansen

Michele Egan

With an ever-expanding range of probiotics, Chr. Hansen works continuously to develop the products of tomorrow, enabling farmers to produce the high quality, sustainable, and safe food that global consumers demand. We have the world’s largest commercial bank of bacterial strains (50,000), and from this strong foundation, we continue to innovate and produce the best bacterial solutions for cattle, poultry, swine and silage. All this is accomplished from our strong platforms in bioscience technologies combined with extensive research and in close dialogue with our customers and business partners.

CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc.

Adam Risch

CKE Restaurants manages multiple brands including Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr and operates a restaurant support center in Franklin, TN. CKE Restaurants has over 3800 restaurants in 44 states and 43 countries.

Colorado State University

Keith Belk

Our faculty are focused on addressing national and global meat and livestock food safety and quality issues to ensure that consumers worldwide have access to a dependable supply of safe, high quality and affordable meat products.


Denise Antonich

Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid and its derivatives, and a leading supplier of emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins, and algae ingredients. We use our unique expertise in fermentation and other processes to deliver sustainable solutions for the preservation of food and food production, health, and our planet. For over 100 years, we have been uncompromising in our commitment to safety, quality, innovation and performance.

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Robin Forgey

Costco Wholesale Corporation, headquartered in Issaquah, WA, operates an international chain of membership warehouses in a range of merchandise categories. The company's merchandise selection is designed for business and consumer members and offers a range of nationally branded and selected private-label products.

Creekstone Farms Premium Beef LLC

Gaylan Schroeder

Creekstone Farms Premium Beef LLC supplies some of the nation’s top grocers and restaurants with a variety of high-quality meat products, including USDA Certified Black Angus Beef and Antibiotic-Free Heritage Duroc Pork. Creekstone Farms also exports premium-quality beef products to distributors in 78 countries around the world from it’s single facility located in Arkansas City, KS.

Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Paige Hartley

Darden Restaurants, Inc. is a multi-brand restaurant operator headquartered in Orlando, FL. Darden Brands include Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Yard House Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, Eddie V's Prime Seafood, and The Capital Grille. Darden has more than 1,500 restaurant locations.

empirical foods, inc.

Adam Edwardson

A family-owned company for almost 40 years, empirical has developed unique and revolutionary technology for the meat industry focused on automation, efficiency, sustainability and food safety. At empirical, we believe everyone deserves safe, quality, and affordable food. Our task is to meet the world’s ever-increasing nourishment needs within the constraints of precious natural resources and empirical is the leader in developing the equipment, processes and methods needed to achieve this goal.

Eurofins Microbiological Laboratories

John Scanga

Eurofins Scientific through its subsidiaries is a world leader in food, environment, pharmaceutical and cosmetic product testing, discovery pharmacology, forensics, advanced material sciences, and in agroscience Contract Research services. It is also one of the global independent market leaders in genomics and in the support of clinical studies, as well as in BioPharma Contract Development and Manufacturing. In addition, Eurofins is one of the key emerging players in specialty esoteric and molecular clinical diagnostic testing in Europe and the USA. With ca. 62,000 staff across a network of independent companies in 62 countries and operating over 900 laboratories, Eurofins offers a portfolio of over 200,000 analytical methods for evaluating the safety, identity, composition, authenticity, origin and purity of biological substances and products, as well as for innovative clinical diagnostics. The objective of Eurofins companies is to provide their customers with high-quality services, accurate results on time and expert advice by their highly qualified staff.

Evonik Active Oxygens LLC

Brandon Cryar

Evonik is an innovative supplier of high quality peracetic acid, offering more than a century of worldwide experience in active oxygen chemicals. Various grades and several tailor made recipes are available under the following tradenames: PERACLEAN®, SPECTRUM®, BLITZ®, CLARITY®, VIGOROX®, and OXYPURE®.


Kurt Westmoreland

FlexXray provides a unique service to quickly and easily resolve Foreign Material QA holds saving processors and manufacturers money, plant downtime for internal re-work, unnecessary waste, and their brand reputations. With a customer base of over 1100 satisfied plants across North America and multiple strategically placed GFSI BRC certified inspection facilities, FlexXray provides a cost-effective solution for any size foreign material contamination hold. Visit us online at FlexXray.com.

Food Marketing Institute

Hilary Thesmar

As the food industry association, FMI works with and on behalf of the entire industry to advance a safer, healthier and more efficient consumer food supply chain. FMI brings together a wide range of members across the value chain — from retailers that sell to consumers, to producers that supply food and other products, as well as the wide variety of companies providing critical services — to amplify the collective work of the industry. www.FMI.org  

Food Safety Net Services

Patricia Stoll

Food Safety Net Services (FSNS), A Certified Group Company, offers a network of 30+ ISO/IEC-17025 accredited laboratories across North America, and has been a trusted partner in the food safety industry for decades. FSNS provides microbiological and chemical analyses of all food matrices and environmental samples, cosmetics and supplements testing, extensive research & development opportunities, regulatory consulting, and a comprehensive educational program.

Golden State Foods

Duane Carlile

Golden State Foods is a provider of goods and services focused on the quick serve restaurant industry. From their new protein products plant in Opelka, AL, they produce frozen patties, MAP patties and bulk ground meat products.

Greater Omaha Beef Packing

Kirby Childs

Since 1920, Greater Omaha has been known for the finest quality beef products, service, and delivery. As a single-source supplier of the highest quality beef in the world, Greater Omaha customers include retail, foodservice and more than 70 countries around the world. Quality is an all-encompassing attitude at Greater Omaha. At Greater Omaha, we are committed to building a diverse, inclusive team of various backgrounds and cultures. Our team, of more than 1450 employees, is an internal representation of our global business and the foundation from which we’ve grown. We celebrate everyone as an equal member of the team, bringing different perspectives, experiences, and skills to work towards a common goal. Currently, we employ staff from more than 32 countries with over 15 languages spoken in-house.


Jim Lanier

H-E-B is a privately owned and operated retail grocery chain in Texas and Northern Mexico. Established in 1905, H-E-B has multiple formats from it’s foodie-based Central Markets, to their value-driven Joe V Smart Shops. They have 14 manufacturing facilities, including a meat plant that produces over 2.6 million pounds of seasoned, marinated and fresh-cut beef, pork and poultry products per week. H-E-B has been a strong supporter of BIFSCO since its inception and a member since 2005. H-E-B Partners have served on the product council, various committees and advisory boards.

Hydrite Chemical Co.

Billy Hughes

Hydrite offers expertise in chemical distribution and manufacturing, plant sanitation, wastewater treatment, meat intervention, ingredients, defoamers, commodity chemicals and equipment. Hydrite understands food safety is critical to food and beverage manufacturers as consumer safety continues to be a major issue facing the meat and poultry industry. Hydrite delivers chemistry programs, offers high-level service, and provides scientific expertise with the highest safety in mind.

Hygiena LLC

Stacy Stoltenberg

Hygiena™ offers integrated diagnostic solutions for monitoring environmental hygiene, animal health, and food safety through a One Health approach. With the addition of BioChek smart veterinary diagnostics, we now offer a complete line of products focused on animal health. Visit us at hygiena.com and biochek.com.

Institute for Environmental Health

Mohammad Koohmaraie

IEH's focus is to provide routine analytical support to the food industry through consultation, research, and product development, as well as the investigation of microbiological, chemical, and toxicological issues in food.


Sherri Trujillo

JBS Foods is a global, diversified protein company creating delicious products for customers and consumers around the world. We are driven by our mission to be the best and committed to responsibly producing products people trust and enjoy.

Life Products Inc

Scott Watson

Commercial & Custom Feed Manufacturer of Alcohol liquid feeds, minerals, supplements, microbials, Nutri-Lock hay and silage inoculants, probiotic boluses, and battle drench.

Lone Star Beef Processors

Savanah Jost

Located in San Angelo, Texas, Lone Star Beef is a slaughter and processor of cows and bulls. We are a company that is committed to providing the highest quality wholesome products with outstanding service at a competitive price.

Lopez Foods, Inc.

Brian Covington

Lopez Foods is recognized among the top meat companies in the United States and is an industry leader in supplying a variety of protein products to the largest restaurant chains and retailers in the world.

Meat Import Council of America

Bill Westman

MICA is a voluntary organization, which operates without pecuniary profit to itself or any member. It is MICA’s belief that imported frozen boneless meat forms an essential part of the historic total U.S. supply of meat. MICA continues to seek the end of all restrictions in order to benefit U.S. consumers, the economy and, of course, its friends and members.

National Beef Packing Company, LLC

Brenden McCullough

National Beef Packing Company, LLC, based in Kansas City, Missouri, is America’s Premier Beef Company™. National Beef has relationships with America’s leading ranchers and farmers, giving them access to the nation’s very best cattle. The company processes and markets a comprehensive line of fresh beef, consumer-ready products, and beef by-products. The company sells its products through multiple customer channels, including retail, food service, and further processors in domestic and international markets.

NCBA Policy Division

NCBA's public policy team works on behalf of America's farmers and ranchers to ensure legislative and regulatory actions taken inside the nation's Beltway don't cause harm to the livestock industry.

Nebraska Beef, Ltd.

Emile Randazzo

Setting a standard of excellence in customer service and quality beef. Located in Omaha, home to one of the nation’s largest cattle livestock markets, Nebraska Beef has access to an unlimited supply of the midwest’s finest quality corn fed beef—renowned for its exceptional flavor and tenderness.

North American Meat Institute

Katie Rose McCullough

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI or the Meat Institute) is the nation’s oldest and largest trade association representing packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal, turkey, and processed meat products and NAMI member companies account for more than 95 percent of United States output of these products. The Meat Institute provides regulatory, scientific, legislative, public relations, and educational services to the meat and poultry packing and processing industry.

OSI Industries, LLC

Jennifer Raspaldo

OSI Group, LLC is a 100-plus year old, privately held corporation that is a global leader in supplying value-added protein items and other food products to leading foodservice and retail brands. The company currently has more than 65 facilities in 18 countries and territories, with its global headquarters located in Aurora, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.



Javier Atencia

Pathotrak commercializes an AOAC-accredited breakthrough in beef safety, providing detection of E. coli O157:H7, STEC, and Salmonella in just 5.5 hours, with a sensitivity of 1 CFU per sample. This innovation significantly reduces the standard 12-hour testing time for O157:H7 and substantially more for Salmonella, setting a new standard in rapid, reliable pathogen testing for the meatpacking industry.


Pineland Farms Natural Meats

Chris Williams

Pineland Farms Natural Meats is a grower and producer of all-natural beef cattle that comply with strict standards for animal welfare and handling. We believe that animals raised without the addition of antibiotics and growth hormones help us succeed at our mission of providing beef at its best.

Presage Analytics

Nate Fryzek

Presage Analytics is a modern suite of software tools to help leading food manufacturing facilities capture data, ensure quality, and keep up with an ever-changing regulatory environment in the Lab, Quality, and Production line. Our areas of focus allow us to work with you to build comprehensive and efficient digital data capture to ensure you are able to track the information you need to stay compliant, earn GFSI certification, and keep your product and customers safe.

PSSI Food Safety Solutions

Lindsey Perry

PSSI is North America’s leading provider of food safety solutions offering a unified, total protection approach comprised of contract sanitation services, chemical innovations, pest prevention and intervention solutions for food processing facilities, supporting more than 725 partner plants every day. Its team of more than 16,500 skilled food sanitors, microbiologists, technical experts, engineers and safety specialists are committed to protecting people and brands by keeping USDA, FDA and CFIA processing facilities clean, safe and audit-ready. The PSSI team works hand-in-hand with every partner to develop customized, comprehensive programs for smarter and more efficient employee and food safety.

Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Michael Roberson

Publix, the largest employee-owned company in the U.S. with more than 250,000 associates, currently operates 1,360 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. For 26 consecutive years, the company has been recognized by Fortune as a great place to work. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s website, corporate.publix.com.

SK8 Biotechnologies Inc.

Tyler Stephens

SK8 Biotech specializes in using phage technology to enhance food safety programs for meat processors. Phages are a natural and targeted way to control microbial concerns like Salmonella and STEC.

Southwest Meat Association

Joe Harris

The Southwest Meat Association was founded in 1957 as an organization that would unite packers/processors with the goal of promoting goodwill, friendship, education, legislation, and better labor relations within the meat industry. Today SMA is a leading meat and poultry trade organization representing packers and processors all over the United States. SMA is an organization committed to making a difference for its members by initiating opportunities, resolving problems, and thus helping its member companies to earn a reasonable return on their investment.

Sysco Specialty Meat and Seafood

Norlyn Tipton

Sysco Specialty Meat and Seafood’s primary focus is delivering custom-cut fresh protein to your door - giving you dependable quality, selection, and freshness through traceability. Serving a broad portfolio of America’s finest steakhouses, resorts, restaurants, and retailers, our greatest benchmark for success is the satisfaction our customers feel when their guests have an exceptional dining experience.

Texas Tech University, International Center for Food Industry Excellence (ICFIE)

Mindy Brashears

The International Center for Food Industry Excellence (ICFIE) provides innovation, research, and technology transfer in food safety, meat science and food security. Our faculty members provide collaborative expert resources in both domestically and internationally. ICFIE also provides mentorship and training of the next generation of industry leaders to influence food systems around the globe.

Tyson Foods, Inc.

Alison Griffino

Tyson Foods, Inc. is one of the world's largest food companies with leading brands such as Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Sara Lee, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells and State Fair. It's a recognized market leader in chicken, beef and pork as well as prepared foods, including bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey, lunchmeat, hot dogs, pizza crusts and toppings, tortillas and desserts.

US Meat Export Federation

Paige Parker

The mission of USMEF is “to increase the value and profitability of the U.S. beef, pork and lamb industries by enhancing demand for their products in export markets through a dynamic partnership of all stakeholders.” Simply put, USMEF is “Putting U.S. Meat on the World’s Table.”

Vincit Group

Phillip Shelton

The Vincit Group is a network of 8 vertically integrated industrial companies, we create an exchange of ideas and services geared toward raising the bar and changing for the better the ways we make what we make.

Wendy's Company

Jennifer Reed

Wendy's® was founded in 1969 by Dave Thomas who built his business on the premise, “Quality is our Recipe®,” which remains the guidepost of the Wendy’s system. Wendy’s is best known for its made-to-order square hamburgers, using fresh, never frozen beef, freshly-prepared salads with hand-chopped lettuce, and other signature items like chili, baked potatoes and the Frosty®. The Wendy’s Company is committed to doing the right thing and making a positive difference in the lives of others.