Garner, NC (PressExposure) November 17, 2011 -- Butterball, LLC, the nation's largest turkey producer, recognized participants of its fourth annual "Celebrate Turkey" Art Contest during two ceremonies on Wed., Nov. 16. Butterball mascot, Buddy Butterball, along with company representatives visited participating Garner, N.C. elementary school teachers and students to announce the contest winners.
Butterball invited third grade student groups at participating elementary schools to create turkey-themed artwork in celebration of Thanksgiving, using the artistic medium of their choice. Six classes from two Garner elementary schools - Timber Drive and Polenta participated in this year's contest.
"Through programs like the Art Contest, Butterball is able to help educate students in our community about the role of agriculture in the state of North Carolina," said Rod Brenneman, president and CEO of Butterball, LLC. "It is wonderful to see the creativity and team work involved in the student art projects, much like the collaborative team effort we experience at Butterball in the production of safe and healthy turkey products everyday.
During the ceremonies, students from each class were presented certificates and $3 coupons toward Butterball turkeys to share with their families this Thanksgiving holiday. Winning students were awarded $20 coupons toward a Butterball turkey and will have their artwork displayed permanently in the memorabilia room at Butterball's Garner headquarters.
To help raise awareness of the nutrition and care involved in raising turkeys, Butterball representatives presented a display of turkey feeders, waterers, eggs, baby feed and bedding. Teachers of participating classes were also presented copies of Butterball's fun and interactive "Celebrate Agriculture" Weekly Reader learning materials to help them continue classroom education of proper agriculture as it pertains to healthy animals, food and consumers.
Military wives who participated in Butterball's 2011 Thanksgiving cooking session with Butterball U judged this year's "Celebrate Turkey" artwork on Tues., Nov. 15 at the company's headquarters. Submissions were judged based on visual creativity, originality and how well the artwork incorporated the contest's theme of celebrating turkey.
About Butterball, LLC:
Butterball, LLC is the largest producer of turkey products in the United States. Headquartered in Garner, N.C., Butterball produces more than 1 billion pounds of turkey each year, and the company supplies its products to more than 50 countries. Perhaps best known for its succulent whole bird products, the company also has a broad array of offerings for deli, retail and foodservice.
As the industry leader in quality and food safety, the company employs numerous processes to ensure the health of birds and implements recognized prevention measures to exceed food safety standards in its six plants located in North Carolina, Colorado, Arkansas and Missouri. In addition, Butterball has surpassed important workplace safety and health benchmarks set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Voluntary Protection Program.
The company's three-pronged approach to Doing Business Right focuses on self-governance, sustainability and social responsibility. The initiative plays a key role in providing internal oversight for integrating values that are important to the company, in particular its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint.
For more information about Butterball, visit http://www.butterball.com. You can also call 1-800 BUTTERBALL for answers to your most puzzling questions about turkey preparation.