Birko Corporate Fact Sheet

Birko is a leader in providing food safety solutions for the meat, produce and beverage industries. We provide environmentally safe chemical formulations, state-of-the-art harvest and dispensing equipment, servicing capabilities and integrated IT solutions for beef, poultry, pork, produce and brewery applications. Birko is ISO 9001 certified and an original member of the International HACCP Alliance. All our field representatives are HACCP certified.


Birko’s Executive Team (left to right): Mike Gangel, President, Chad Equipment, LLC; Philip Snellen, Vice President of Sales; Mark Swanson, Chief Executive Officer; Terry McAninch, Vice President of Research and Development; Kelly Green, Owner and Chairman of the Board

  • Founded in 1953, Birko is a Certified Women‚Äôs Business Enterprise
  • Birko is ISO 9001 certified
  • We were awarded Supplier of the Century by the National Meat Association
  • Many Birko formulations are on the USDA National Organic Program list of allowed products
  • We provide complete in-plant cleaning, chemical and sanitation audits
  • Birko also provides assistance with employee training, chemical management, custom equipment procurement and implementation
  • We can assist in the design and application of SSOPs and HACCP compliance
  • Other services include custom chemical blending and CIP applications

Our Clients

  • Birko supplies over 60% of the Top 50 U.S. protein companies and 90% of the top 10 U.S. beef processors
  • Our protein processing customers are some of the largest in the world and include Cargill, JBS, Tyson, National Beef, American Foods Group, American Beef Packers, Creekstone and AB Foods
  • Among Birko‚Äôs craft brewing customers, 25% won awards at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival‚Ą†
  • Our brewing customers include Avery Brewing Company, Allagash Brewing Co., Boulder Beer Co., Great Basin Brewing Co., Left Hand Brewing Co., Nebraska Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing Co., Stone Brewing Co., Trinity Brewhouse and many other well-known craft brewers and restaurants


  • Birko is the only food safety company to offer an entire range of products free of butyl solvents
  • Birko has the highest percentage of environmentally responsible product formulations of any company in the industry ‚Äď over 50%
  • Many Birko formulations are on the USDA National Organic Program list of allowed products for use by organic processors
  • Birko has 21¬†patents, more than companies 10 times its size
  • Birko spends five times more on R&D as part of EBITA than its competitors
  • Birko’s environmentally friendly chemical products are ideal for processing plants interested in furthering their sustainability programs


  • Birko‚Äôs expertise is built on three generations and a legacy of over 60 years’ industry experience
  • Birko is ISO 9001 certified
  • Birko is an original member of the International HACCP Alliance
  • We’re one of a limited number of companies that can support requirements for the BRC, the SQF and ISO
  • We serve the United States, Canada and Mexico

Facilities, Tools and Technologies

  • Birko‚Äôs facilities include a Class II pathogen laboratory used in research and development
  • Our equipment division, Chad Equipment, LLC, specializes in USDA-approved washing and pasteurizing equipment for harvesting and processing
  • Chad’s service and support component includes scheduled servicing, monitoring equipment, appropriate maintenance verification and documentation
  • Birko’s Blend-on-Site System (BOSS‚ĄĘ) blends high performance cleaning products onsite from super concentrates for customized sanitation solutions
  • Birko‚Äôs Beefxide¬ģ intervention is USDA approved for use as an antimicrobial processing aid

Recent Awards And Recognition

  • 2014 MADE 25 finalist for the Made in Colorado Manufacturing Award,¬†sponsored by¬†ColoradoBiz¬†magazine
  • Winner of 2013 Top Company Award in the manufacturing category, sponsored by¬†ColoradoBiz¬†magazine
  • Ranked 34th on¬†ColoradoBiz¬†magazine’s 2014 list of Top Family Owned Companies
  • Selected as 2012 Colorado Companies to Watch winner by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
  • Birko chairman Kelly Green named to the 2014 list of Women of Influence in the Food Industry, by The Griffin Report of Food Marketing.
  • Kelly Green named a finalist for the 2014 and 2012¬†Outstanding Women in Business award, sponsored by the Denver Business Journal
  • Named NMA Supplier of the Century and Supplier of the Year by the North American Meat Association (2006)
  • Birko is a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)


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