Miniat Chairman of the Board, Ronald Miniat, Honored by NAMI
Pictured below L to R: Barry Carpenter, President and CEO, NAMI; Ronald Miniat, Chairman of the Board, The Miniat Companies, Inc.; David Miniat, CEO, The Miniat Companies, Inc.
Each year the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) honors packing and processing companies for outstanding achievements at its Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon held concurrently with the annual International Production & Processing Expo.
The NAMI’s highest honor, the E. Floyd Forbes Award, is named for the meat industry visionary who guided formation of what is known today as the North American Meat Institute. The award has been presented annually for excellence, commitment, and dedication to the industry since 1957.
On January 30, 2018, the NAMI presented Ronald Miniat, Chairman of the Board for The Miniat Companies, with the E. Floyd Forbes Award for his six decades of experience and dedication to the meat and animal oils and fat industry.
“I’ve been blessed with a great family, wonderful friends and business associates, and 800 dedicated employees and a flourishing business,” Miniat said upon receiving his award. “With this award I am going to lay claim to his [Lou Gehrig’s] title as the ‘luckiest man on the face of the earth.’”
Ron’s grandfather, Michael Miniat, immigrated to Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood from Lithuania in 1896, and soon after began selling meat to local grocers near the Stockyards. Under the leadership of Ron and his brother, Ed Miniat, Jr., the company overcame significant industry challenges and changing customer preferences and saw extensive growth in product offerings and product reach due in part to acquisitions and multi-site expansion.
Today, over a century after Michael Miniat’s first business endeavors, fourth and fifth generation Miniat family members own and operate three companies: Miniat Holdings LLC, headquartered in South Holland, IL; Ed Miniat LLC (South Holland, IL) supplies custom developed sous vide-cooked meat sold to multi-unit chain restaurants and CPG companies; and South Chicago Packing LLC (Chicago, IL) supplies bakeries and multi-unit chain restaurants with frying oils and shortenings, and provides food-grade wax to non-food industries.