Ed Garrett will retire as the CEO of West Liberty Foods on May 31, 2022.

Garrett started with West Liberty Foods in 1999 as the vice president of operations. He was promoted to president & CEO in 2004. Throughout his tenure, Garrett has led the organization to several prestigious awards including the Dupont Qualicon Food Quality Award in 2008, Subway’s Vendor of the Year in 2012, and Refrigerated & Frozen Foods’ Processor of the Year in 2017, among many others. 

Garrett was also honored with multiple leadership awards.

“Ed has been instrumental for West Liberty Foods,” said Paul Hill, chairman, West Liberty Foods Board of Directors. “Ed’s leadership has allowed West Liberty Foods to grow into the organization we are today. We thank Ed for his long standing commitment to our organization, and wish him the very best that retirement life has to offer.”

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Over Garrett’s 23 years with the company, West Liberty Foods expanded into three additional locations in Iowa, Utah, and Illinois, growing from 820 to 2,700 team members. The company also successfully achieved landfill-free verification, meaning less than 1% of its total waste goes to landfills.

“My time spent with the West Liberty Foods family has been so rewarding,” says Garrett. “I’ve spent twenty-three years surrounded by the hardest working people in the industry, and I look forward to seeing our next generation of leadership succeed just the same.”

Headquartered in West Liberty, Iowa, West Liberty Foods formed in 1997 when 47 turkey growers formed the Iowa Turkey Growers Cooperative and purchased a former Louis Rich facility in West Liberty. The company specializes in slicing and co-packing cooked red meat and poultry products. According to the WATTPoultry.com Top Companies Database, West Liberty Foods slaughtered 199.8 million pounds of live turkeys during the past year, and it ranks as the 11th largest turkey producer in the United States.