In March 2017, JBS USA entered into a strategic, long-term partnership with Colorado State University (CSU) that included a $12.5 million investment toward construction of the JBS Global Food and Innovation Center In Honor of Gary & Kay Smith, as well as educational programming for JBS USA and Pilgrim’s team members. On April 9, 2019, the $20 million state-of-the-art facility opened on the CSU campus.
“Our mission at JBS USA is to be the best, and the mission of this facility is to advance best practices in food safety, meat sciences and animal handling and welfare. So it’s a natural partnership for us and one that we’re proud to be a part of.”
President and CEO, JBS USA
For JBS USA, the partnership with CSU serves as a long-term investment in the competitiveness of food and farming in the state of Colorado, across the United States and around the world. The JBS Global Food Innovation Center enables CSU to expand as a source of innovation and discovery in the food industry and prepare future leaders to take on the challenges of tomorrow. The 36,000-square-foot center will be a hub for cutting-edge global innovations in new product development, culinary research, food science, food safety, and animal welfare.
“We take a global view of our education and research, and we were looking for new ways to spur innovation in livestock and meat science, food safety, food security and animal welfare. JBS USA provides that necessary partnership – our goals and values align well with theirs – and we’re very grateful for their support. Our goal for this facility is not only to support teaching and research – it has to impact the industry and advance the way meat processing is done around the world.”
Dean of the CSU College of Agricultural Sciences
The JBS USA mission is to be the best and create the opportunity for a better future for all of its team members. Partnering in this facility enables the company to extend that mission to CSU students as well.
For years, students enrolled in the program at CSU have had to travel to labs and/or plants off-site in order to experience the process first hand. Now, it’s all under one roof on campus, in this innovative facility that will serve students well into the future.
The multidisciplinary nature of the program at CSU involves expertise in all aspects of the production, food, and consumer continuum, including:
Located within 60 miles of every sector of the livestock and meatpacking industries, the food innovation center is designed for global impact. It provides a world-class facility for research, education, innovation and industry partnerships.
“JBS USA is, more than anything, a people business. So we really see this as an investment in people – the people who will learn here for generations to come.”
President and CEO, JBS USA
In 2017, Pilgrim’s gifted $1 million to the Texas A&M Department of Poultry Science to establish the Department of Poultry Science Feed Mill, Industry Education, and Outreach Support fund. This support fund will allow the Department to modernize its feed mill with commercial industry-relevant equipment, increasing the feed manufacturing capacity by nearly tenfold. The $1 million gift from Pilgrim’s is the most significant in size and scope in the Department’s nearly 100-year history and will enable improvements in faculty-led research programs, educational opportunities for students, and outreach programs with the commercial poultry industry.
In 2019, the Pilgrim’s production facility in Arcadia, WI, donated $100,000 to the Arcadia Education Foundation in support of the Wanek Center, a new community recreation and event center located on the campus of the Arcadia School District. The Pilgrim’s donation will fund the primary community room and studio on the first floor of the facility.
“We are humbled to participate in a project that allows us to invest in the future of Arcadia for generations to come. This community has shown incredible support to our plant and live operations, our team members and our growers, and we’re grateful for this opportunity to show our commitment in return.”
President and CEO, Pilgrim’s Global
The Arcadia complex joined the Pilgrim’s business in 2017. Since then, Pilgrim’s has invested more than $1 million in the facility, which includes construction of a new chiller and two loading docks to make the facility even more competitive. Pilgrim’s also built a number of chicken barns in the area, allowing for partnerships with additional local grower partners.
The 71,500-square-foot Wanek Center will be used for wellness and recreational activities and will include a community gym, arena, indoor run/walk track, fitness center, exercise studio, community meeting room, adult and youth activity spaces and the Arcadia Public Library.