National Pasteurized Eggs (NPE) was recently recognized as one of the 2008 Red Herring Top 100 Global Companies.

Acknowledged for its Davidson's Safest Choice brand of pasteurized shell eggs, NPE was one of just a handful of consumer-oriented companies and the only foodservice company recipient in 2008.

"We were impressed by the technology NPE uses to ensure the safety of eggs," commented Red Herring Publisher Alex Vieux. "National Pasteurized Eggs has proven to be a company excelling in its industry, and its ripples have turned into waves. Here again, technology applies to our everyday life. It was difficult for us to narrow down, but we are pleased to have included NPE in our list of promising companies. We look forward to the changes it makes to its industry in the future."

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Based in suburban Chicago, NPE produces the Davidson's Safest Choice brand of pasteurized shell eggs, which uses a patented, all-natural pasteurization process to eliminate Salmonella enteritidis (SE). Additionally, the process inactivates avian influenza, protecting the eggs from its exposure.

"This award continues to recognize the importance of keeping the American food supply safe," said David Wilhelm, a member of NPE's board of directors. "NPE is well poised for substantial growth in both the retail and foodservice sectors, and we fully expect 2009 to be a pivotal year in the company's continued growth."

Red Herring Top 100 Global Companies are chosen from winners and finalists of the previous North America, Europe and Asia Red Herring Top 100 Companies. Evaluations were made on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, innovation, management, global strategy and ecosystem integration.