Harris Ranch Beef Chairman, David E. Wood, wins 2008 Richard L. Knowlton Innovation Award
"Like Columbus, Harris Ranch is dedicated to producing the highest quality products with the utmost dedication to food safety," said David Wood, Chairman and CEO of Harris Ranch Beef Company.
David E. Wood, chairman of Harris Ranch Beef Co., has been selected by Meatingplace magazine to receive the 2008 Richard L. Knowlton Innovation Award, which honors excellence in the U.S. meat industry in the areas of innovation, business success, leadership and industry contribution.
In particular, Wood
was selected to recognize Harris Ranch's
pioneering work in value-added branded beef, vertical integration and all-natural processing.
In receiving the award, named after Richard L. Knowlton, the storied former chairman of Hormel Foods, Wood joins an impressive roster of past honorees that includes Phil Clemens, CEO and chairman, Hatfield Quality Meats; James Stonehocker, COO, Odom's Tennessee Pride; Bill Rupp, president, Cargill Meat Solutions, Beef Division; Joel W. Johnson, CEO and chairman, Hormel Foods Corp.; Henry Davis, president, Greater Omaha Packing Co.; Temple Grandin, associate professor, livestock behavior, Colorado State University; Bernie Hansen, former president, Flint Hill Foods; and Justin Segel, former CEO, Emmpak Foods.
was selected from a field of several prominent executives, all of them nominated by their peers, customers or associates.
Final candidates were screened by a panel that included editors, prior Knowlton winners and other industry leaders.
will receive the award Oct. 25 in Chicago at a breakfast in his
honor at the Chicago Union League Club