The National Poultry & Food Distributors Association has announced Tom Rueger of Eastern Poultry Distributors as its latest Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

The award, which is given each year to a poultry industry leader who has played a major role in the growth of the poultry industry, was presented to Rueger for his accomplishments in expanding Eastern Poultry and the family business in the industry. Rueger joined his father at Eastern Poultry in 1970, then opened Brandywine Foods in 1981 to expand Eastern Poultry's presence in the further-processing business. He sold that business to Tyson Foods in 1992 and has focused on growing Eastern Poultry since then.

The NPFDA has also chosen Al Acunto of Preferred Freezer Services as its 2010 member of the year. Acunto is the NPFDA vice president.