Primera Foods Corporation, a leading manufacturer of value-added food ingredients, was recognized as the Supplier of the Year by the Agriculture and Marketing Service group (AMS) of the United States Department of Agriculture.

In all, the USDA recognized 22 small businesses who provide exemplary service to USDA on May 24 in Washington D.C. "We chose Primera Foods as our group's Supplier of the Year because they have professionally met our needs and expectations as a customer," said Richard Lawson, manager, USDA, AMS.

At the award presentation, Primera Foods was lauded for developing special relationships with small minority-owned businesses to create growth opportunities for these organizations and for 100 percent on-time, error-free deliveries. "Error-free, on-time deliveries are crucial for the recipients of products supplied by USDA," Lawson noted.

"We are pleased and proud of this recognition as it affirms that our quality and service philosophies are of significant value to our customers," said Jon Luikart, president of Primera Foods.

Primera Foods is a leading manufacturer of value-added food ingredients and provides contract manufacturing services. It is based in Cameron, Wis., with offices in Barron, Wis., Faribault, Hayfield, Perham, New Prague and Altura, Minn., and Stockton, Ill.