Podcast: Biofuels & Renewable Diesel

In the 3rd episode of NARA’s quarterly podcast, The Invisible Industry, host Marcus Wintzer welcomes guest, Michael Rath, of Darling Ingredients, and episode co-host, Michael Karman, of Sanimax, to discuss biofuels & renewable diesel and rendering’s important role in these industries. We take a deep dive into the science behind these fuels, their benefits, why and how government involvement plays a role, and answer questions like “what exactly are biofuels” and “what is the difference

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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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Meet NARA’s New Incoming President and CEO: Kent Swisher

On September 1st NARA announced that Kent Swisher has been named the incoming president & CEO of the North American Renderers Association (NARA). He will also serve as president of the Fats and Proteins Research Foundation (FPRF), the rendering industry’s research organization. Kent will assume leadership upon the retirement of NARA’s current president and CEO, Nancy Foster, on December 31, 2021.   Kent has worked for the North American Renderers Association for over 18 years

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NARA.org Website Tour

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Are you interested in learning more about rendering and how it’s connected to sustainability, reduced food waste and biofuels?   Are you in the rendering industry and looking for news and information about the industry, or want to learn more about the North American Renderers Association?   Recently our website got a big makeover, and in today’s blog we want to give you a tour of NARA.org and go over some pages you may find

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Thankful for Rendering’s Sustainable Contributions (All Around Us)

For those who celebrate the holiday season this year, it’s bound to be different.  Whether you enjoy Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and even the Winter Solstice, it’s traditionally a time to gather with family and friends.  COVID-19 has transformed celebrations for many of us by affecting who we spend time with and what we can do. This year has been challenging for all of us in some way or another, to be sure. Perhaps you

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Keeping Spooky Black Cats (and ALL cats) Healthy with Sustainable, Rendered Products

Renderers, and those who support the rendering industry are always thinking about how to be more sustainable and keep our pet’s diets nutritious. Since October is the season for spooky black cats, and also the month of National Cat Day, we thought it was a great time to talk about our feline friends and how rendering helps to keep their food sustainability and healthy! National Cat Day National Cat Day is observed every October 29th

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“Social Sustainability” = Supporting our Communities

When we think of the three pillars of sustainability – Environmental, Economic and Social – the third can get less attention, when in fact each is equally important.  Considering the current state of the world, it is even more important now. You may find yourself asking “what is social sustainability?”. Though the definition of Social Sustainability has many iterations such as “The formal and informal processes; systems; structures; and relationships that actively support the capacity

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Why Rendering is so #Sustainable

Sustainable impacts of rendering

When you think of Earth Day you probably think of #Sustainabilty, right? But do you think of rendering? In honor of April as Earth Month and the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay, we invite you to learn why rendering is one of the most sustainable practices to avoid food waste and recycle leftovers into fresh ingredients for new products. First, let’s begin with a definition of rendering. Render, from the French verb rendre, meaning “to give

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Welcome to the NARA Blog!

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Welcome to the North American Renderers Association (NARA) blog!   Positive changes are happening here at NARA. In addition to a new name (National Renderers Association (NRA) was changed to NARA in 2019), increased sustainability focus, rendering education and awareness, and a brand-new website, we are also launching our official blog! In these posts we will educate about Rendering: what it is, how it works, and why it is so integral to sustainability, reduced food

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