Poultry Processor AlaTrade Foods Appoints New President

March 22, 2024
Josh Whitley brings more than 20 years of experience with Tyson, Smithfield and his own small, food-processing plant to his new role.

Poultry processor AlaTrade Foods Inc. has named industry veteran Josh Whitley to be its new president. Whitley brings more than two decades of experience in the industry with him, and according to a company release, carries a vision for continuous financial stability and growth.

Whitley started his career in the industry working for Tyson Foods and Smithfield Foods, and also managed Carolina Provisions Co. Inc. — his own small food-processing plant in Louisburg, N.C., focused on ready-to-eat barbecue that was distributed to regional retailers. After Whitley sold the facility, he returned to Tyson Foods to join its business engineering team. He worked his way up, serving as assistant plant manager and then plant manager of the company’s Sedalia, Mo., facility.

Whitley was then promoted to Tyson’s managing director of supply chain for non-fresh poultry for a time, before returning to operations, becoming complex manager of Tyson’s North Alabama Complex and eventually vice president of operations for Tyson Foods. In 2023, Whitley and Tyson parted ways, and Whitley had been consulting for a company that facilitates AI in food processing plants to safeguard employee welfare and procedures.

AlaTrade Foods is a 100% employee-owned company with processing plants in Albertville, Boaz and Phenix City, Ala.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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