2024 International Rendering Symposium

The 2024 International Rendering Symposium, hosted by the North American Renderers Association (NARA) in collaboration with the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), proved to be a pivotal event in exploring the crucial contributions of rendering to sustainability and the global economy. The symposium, which took place in conjunction with the 2024 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, kicked off on Thursday, February 1, at 12 p.m. and continued through Friday, February 2,

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Organics Recycling: What It Is and Why It Matters

On October 10th NARA issued a press release announcing a broad-reaching information campaign with the goal of educating on Organics Recycling and how including renderable material plays a critical role in sustainability. The campaign includes a colorful and detailed infographic titled Organics Recycling: How Recycling Food Waste with Rendering Creates Value & Ensures Sustainability, which was designed be used as an educational tool for the public, and those in the government sector who may not be

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Upcoming EPA Chloride Restrictions: Planning for Potential Changes

This article contains sponsored content. Guest Post By NARA Member, Eric Schnakenberg, Area Manager at Chem Aqua Midwest           Chlorides – What are they? The short answer is salt. Where do they come from? Most likely your water softener and its regeneration process. These softeners are great plant assets used to protect the boilers, scrubbers, and other water using equipment in plant operations, but they discharge chlorides during their cleaning cycles.

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A Message From NARA’s President, Kent Swisher

NARA has debuted an informative new video issuing a message from NARA’s President, Kent Swisher, who took the helm as President and CEO of the association in January of 2022. The video informs members and the public of current events and updates, exciting new announcements, details of NARA’s vision and mission, and a three point plan for the future of NARA under Swisher’s leadership. It also serves as informative and helpful communication for current members, the community,

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Welcome Dr. Charles Starkey!

Dr. Charles Starkey

As many in the rendering industry know, after more than 18 years at NARA and a lifetime in the animal agriculture industry, Dr. David Meeker has retired from his position as The Fats and Proteins Foundation (FPRF) Research Director, and NARA’s Senior Vice President of Scientific Services. Read the press release announcing Dr. Meeker’s retirement. NARA thanks Dr. Meeker for his time and dedication to the rendering industry, and though the farewell was bittersweet, NARA

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NARA Talks Sustainability at USDA’s Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair

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Earlier this month, on September 14th, NARA’s Director of Communications, Anna Wilkinson joined other esteemed speakers from the agriculture, reduced food waste and sustainability industries for USDA’s 2nd Annual Virtual Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair. In her presentation titled “Rendering: The Unsung Hero of Sustainability,” she detailed why the often-overlooked rendering industry is actually a major player in the reduction of food waste. She discussed rendering’s important role in not only food waste reduction

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Rendering’s Sustainability Story Gets a Boost: Feature Article Published in 3 International Agriculture and Animal Nutrition Magazines

International Petfood Magazine June 2022

Rendering education continues to be a top priority at NARA. The more awareness there is about what rendering is and what we do, the more renderers and NARA members can showcase rendering’s important contributions to reduced food waste and sustainability as a whole. Agricultural rendering is an industry that has largely “flown under the radar” for many years, but we are now proudly sharing our sustainability story. Rendering is by definition sustainable as we are

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Dr. Meeker Receives Prestigious Tallow Master Award

Dr. David Meeker Receives the Tallow Master Award

NARA and FPRF’s Senior Vice President of Scientific Services, Dr. David Meeker, has been presented with the prestigious Tallow Master Award in appreciation of his distinguished service and outstanding contributions to the American rendering industry.   The award was presented at the Pacific Coast Renderers Association annual meeting in Laguna Niguel, California, earlier this month.   In his acceptance of the award, Meeker said, “Working for renderers has been the best job of my career.

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Meet NARA’s New Vice President of International Programs – Dana Johnson Downing

Dana Johnson Downing

NARA is excited to introduce our new Vice President of International Programs, Dana Johnson Downing! Dana officially joined our team earlier this month and will be directing NARA’s international marketing program, managing all international promotion, market development, and foreign market access activities. She will oversee and implement market access programs for rendered products throughout the world and represent the U.S. rendering industry in international trade negotiations. The position of Vice President of International Programs also

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We Have a New Podcast: The Invisible Industry

NARA is excited to announce that we recently launched a new rendering podcast, The Invisible Industry: Everything You Didn’t Know (You Didn’t Know) About Rendering. Our panel style podcast airs quarterly episodes that discuss and educate on agricultural rendering, the rendering industry, and the sustainability benefits of rendering. Each episode features a new co-host from the rendering or related industry and unique guests who discuss a wide range of topics of interest to those in

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