Gemstone Foods LLC, a growing protein supplier, has announced the immediate appointment of Jeff L. Power as president and chief operating officer.

“I am extremely pleased to rejoin Gemstone, a great company with so much opportunity,” said Power. “Gemstone’s established organization is prepared to further expand the business by offering innovative, cost effective products and solutions while ensuring quality and service for all of our customers.”

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Power returns to Gemstone from Fresh Foods Group where he was responsible for all operations, with more than 4,000 associates and 11 processing plants. With more than 30 years in the food and poultry industry, Power has held management positions with Pilgrim’s Pride, Tyson Foods, and Drapper Valley Farms (a Perdue Farms company). Power holds a bachelor of science degree in chemistry with a minor in biology and psychology from Ouachita Baptist University.

With the addition of Power to the company’s experienced leadership team, Gemstone is in a strong position for continued future expansion, the company said in a press release.