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West Michigan turkey growers faced a high hurdle in 1998, when Sara Lee decided to stop harvesting birds at its Zeeland, Mich., plant. The growers were left with nowhere to sell their birds, and, in response, developed a cooperative of growers that became Michigan Turkey Producers, a supplier of both raw and ready-to-eat products.
“Dedicated employees producing quality products.” This statement, printed on the back of Michigan Turkey Producers employees’ T-shirts, represents the company’s core beliefs and culture. It is because of these “dedicated employees” and “quality products,” as well as several important investments, that Michigan Turkey Producers, a supplier of raw and ready-to-eat turkey products, is the 2009 Food Quality Award recipient.