Director of Hog Procurement at Hatfield-Based Clemens Food Group Talks Complexities of Her Job

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Thirty-year-old Melissa Boess, Director of Hog Procurement at Hatfield-based Clemens Food Group, talks the complexities of her new job. Image via National Hog Farmer.

Melissa Boess, Director of Hog Procurement at Hatfield-based Clemens Food Group, knows there is much more to the procurement process than simply getting supplies, writes Ann Hess for the National Hog Farmer.

“You have the markets, there’s a huge economic piece to it,” she explained. “Then you have to factor in how hog prices work into the company, and where everything’s going. I’ve gained a much greater responsibility.”

The thirty-year-old took over the job seven months ago, after working her way up through the company since 2012.

Prior to this position opening up, she served in various capacities including project management, food safety, and quality control.

Currently, she oversees between 25 and 30 contracts with producers from Pennsylvania and several other states.

Her communication with producers is daily, from working on transportation to ensuring they are compliant with antibiotic-free and ractopamine-free product lines at Clemens.

Ten years from now, Boess is still hoping to be right where she is.

“I’m not planning on moving out of this position for a while,” she said. “I’d like to see where I can take it.”

Read more about Clemens Food Group at the National Hog Farmer by clicking here.

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