About NARA

The North American Renderers Association (NARA), headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, was formed in 1933 as the professional organization of the rendering industry.

NARA is an alliance that speaks with a collective voice to represent the best interests of its members in public, government and regulatory affairs, and provides services, programs and technical support to the North American rendering industry: both in the national and international markets.

  • Vision – To deliver sustainable solutions to food, feed, fuel, oleochemical, and other customers.
  • Mission – NARA advocates for a sustainable food chain, public health and the environment through the production and marketing of our members’ products and services.
  • Diversity – Diversity. Equity. Inclusion. Belonging. They’re more than just words. At the North American Renderers Association, everyone is welcome. Our workforce is global and so are our customers. Together we strive to make a positive, long-lasting, and meaningful impact in the communities where we operate and the industries where our products are utilized all over the planet. We do this by creating a community of involvement, respect, and connection. We value our similarities and differences and invite people from all backgrounds and identities to participate in our programs.

At NARA, we represent our members’ interests to regulatory and other governmental agencies, promote the greater use of animal by-products and foster the opening and expansion of trade between foreign buyers and North American exporters.

We also publish Render Magazine, in addition to maintaining a roster of all members. Render is a bi-monthly publication for and about the rendering industry. Our members rely on our organization as a technical resource on animal health, animal nutrition, environmental and regulatory issues, while our annual convention provides a forum for renderers from around the world to share experiences and discuss common interests.

In addition to our U.S.-based headquarters, we also maintain offices in Mexico and Hong Kong and have market consultants in Brussels, China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Chile.

The North American Renderers Association does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or marital/family status. Persons with disabilities, who require alternative means for communication of program information, should contact the North American Renderers Association. The North American Renderers Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information on Section 508, please go to the following site. To file a complaint of discrimination, email the President of NARA at kswisher@nara.org or call (703) 683-0155. NARA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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The North American Renderers Association (NARA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It does not discriminate in the terms and conditions of employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other factor prohibited by law.

As a participant in USDA programs, we share the commitment to comply with all federal, state and local civil rights laws and those of the USDA. More about this commitment is available on the USDA website page here.