kevin mcdanielOakwood, Ga. (Feb 11, 2019) – Wayne Farms LLC has announced selection of industry veteran Kevin McDaniel as Vice President and General Manger of the company’s fresh business unit. In his new role, McDaniel assumes responsibility for all fresh processing business unit operations, including oversight of sales, production and live operations for assets across 10 complex facilities in five states. McDaniel brings a wealth of leadership expertise to the position, most recently as President of Aviagen North America and senior roles with OK Foods and Pilgrim’s Pride.

McDaniel’s former position as Wayne Farms Senior Director of Fresh Operations and his 28 years of experience makes him uniquely qualified for this role, said Clint Rivers, Wayne Farms President and CEO. “Kevin is an operations expert and proven leader who knows our business and knows our company,” said Rivers. “As we continue to grow, his insight and hands-on expertise will help us take advantage of opportunities and meet the challenges in the years ahead.”

McDaniel arrives at Wayne Farms amid significant company expansion and industry evolution, including live operations and production requirements, NAE and Naked Truth brand GAP 2 initiatives, expanded production and staffing, along with continuously changing compliance and regulatory mandates. “This is an exciting time to be coming back to Wayne Farms,” McDaniel noted. “The opportunities in front of us are things we wouldn’t have thought possible when I came into this business—and we’re positioned to take advantage of those opportunities,” said McDaniel. “I’m looking forward to helping take Wayne Farms to the next level of growth.”

During his nearly three decades in the industry, McDaniel has held several key positions with the Poultry Federation including Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and Board Member, and was named the 2011 Federation Industry Man of the Year. McDaniel earned a BS in Agricultural Economics degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.

About Wayne Farms LLC

Wayne Farms LLC is the seventh-largest vertically integrated poultry producer in the U.S. with annual sales exceeding $2 billion. A subsidiary of Continental Grain Company, Wayne Farms owns and operates 11 fresh and further-processed facilities throughout the Southeast, produces more than 2.6 billion pounds of poultry products each year, and employs more than 9,000 individuals. Producing products under the brand names of WAYNE FARMS® fresh and prepared chicken; PLATINUM HARVEST® premium fresh chicken; CHEF’S CRAFT® gourmet chicken; and NAKED TRUTH® premium chicken, Wayne Farms has a well-known history of delivering exceptional poultry products to some of the largest industrial, institutional, and foodservice companies across America.