West Liberty Foods has been named by the SUBWAY brand, and its Independent Purchasing Cooperative, as the 2012 vendor of the year.

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The company, which provides various meat products and related services to the Subway chain, was cited for its work with the brand on product improvements and food safety initiatives, as well as its commitment to corporate social responsibility. West Liberty Foods is among the first companies in the U.S. to have its "landfill free" efforts at its Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and Tremonton, Utah facilities verified by a third-party organization, and the Utah facility has successfully diverted 3.5 million pounds of annual waste from the local landfill while the Iowa facility has diverted more than 2 million pounds