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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Peco Foods is expanding its senior leadership team with the promotions of Cameron Sanders and John Taylor Hickman. Sanders will serve as Peco’s corporate director of animal health & welfare and sustainability; and Hickman will be the corporate director of feed ingredients and land management.

Previously the corporate animal health & welfare Manager, Sanders’ new position will be responsible for directing Peco’s efforts in policy, training, auditing, and research & development related to animal health & welfare, while also leading Peco’s sustainability efforts pertaining to resource management and environmental stewardship, the company noted.

“At Peco, we respect all aspects of sustainability and are committed to setting the industry standard while doing the right things for the environment, our animals and our people,” said Mark Hickman, Peco Foods president and CEO. “Cameron has demonstrated his dedication to not only our company but to the communities we serve, and we are confident he will lead us in advancing our sustainability journey and providing the best care possible for our birds.”

Sanders earned a bachelor’s degree in poultry science-production from Mississippi State University with a specialization in global business at Troy University. He has held varying roles at Peco since 2016 and has been instrumental in progressing Peco’s animal health & welfare program and biosecurity procedures. He also currently serves on the National Chicken Council’s Broiler Welfare Committee.

Previously the feed ingredient purchasing manager, John Taylor Hickman will now be responsible for overseeing feed ingredient purchasing, feed mill operations and the working relationships with Peco’s farmers.

“Our relationships with local family farmers and the communities we serve are vital to building a sustainable supply chain for everyone,” said Roddy Sanders, Peco Foods executive vice president and director of live operations. “John Taylor is a natural connector who builds strong relationships with our family farmers and puts quality above all else. We look forward to seeing our grain purchasing and feed mills continue to grow under his leadership.”

Hickman earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama in commerce and business administration with a management concentration and a minor in natural resources and land management. After completing the Management Training Program at Keystone Food Group, Hickman began working with Peco full time in 2016 and has held several positions within the company.

Peco supplies a broad range of products and services to national restaurant chains, regional foodservice distributors, retail grocers and international accounts. Headquartered in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Peco has more than 7,500 team members across Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi.

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