Deibel and Alcan Packaging honoured with AMI Awards

by Editor
Monday, October 29, 2007

Robert H. Deibel, Ph.D., president and CEO of Deibel Laboratories, was honoured with the American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF) Scientific Achievement Award. Alcan Packaging Food Americas of Chicago, Ill., got the American AMI 2007 Supplier of the Year Award. The awards were presented during AMI’s International Meat, Poultry & Seafood Convention, October 24-27, 2007, in Chicago, Ill.

One of the foremost experts on food microbiology and foodborne illness, Deibel was honoured for his more than 50 years of service to the industry as an educator and a scientist. In presenting the award, AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle said Deibel “wrote the book on food microbiology,” noting that his chapter in Bergey’s Manual for Microbiology has been read by countless food microbiology students.

After earning his master’s degree in bacteriology in 1952, Deibel joined AMI, then in Chicago, where he rose from assistant bacteriologist to chief of the bacteriology division. After completing his Ph.D. in 1962, he became a professor, first at Cornell and two years later at the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Bacteriology, where he ultimately became chairman.

Throughout his career, he has worked with food businesses nationwide on spoilage and food safety issues. Today, he owns and operates eight laboratories across the United States and one and Canada and continues to serve the food industry.

Alcan Packaging gets Supplier of the Year Award

The Supplier of the Year Award is given to a supplier member of AMI that truly partners with meat and poultry processors to help achieve industry goals. Alcan Packaging is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of flexible food packaging and known for high quality packaging solutions – something vital to the safety, integrity and quality of meat and poultry products. Alcan has been a major supporter of AMI and has provided important leadership through the company’s role on the Supplier Committee.

The American Meat Institute Foundation is a non-profit research, education and information foundation established by the American Meat Institute to study ways the meat and poultry industry can produce better, safer products and operate more efficiently.

AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Together, AMI’s members produce 95 percent of the beef, pork, lamb and veal products and 70 percent of the turkey products in the United States. The Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the meat and poultry packing and processing industry.