Jim Sumner, center, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), received the National Poultry and Food Distributors Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Atlanta during NPFDA’s annual convention.
Sumner was cited for his many achievements in promoting US poultry exports during his 21 years at the helm of USAPEEC, headquartered in Stone Mountain, Ga.
NPFDA gives the award annually to a person whose career accomplishments have played a major role in the growth of the poultry industry. During Sumner’s career, US poultry exports have increased from $700 million to more than $4 billion.
Past recipients of the award include Frank Perdue of Perdue Farms, Don Tyson of Tyson Foods, Joe Hatfield and Tom Arrendale of Fieldale Farms, Norman Fries of Claxton Poultry, Doug Cagle of Cagle’s Inc., Bo Pilgrim of Pilgrim’s Pride, Col. Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken; Marvin Johnson of House of Raeford, Doug Carnes of Mar Jac Poultry, Terry Tucker of Maple Leaf Farms, George Watts of the National Chicken Council, Eric Joiner of AJC International, and Tom Rueger of Eastern Poultry Distributors.