Press Room

Birko is a leading provider of food safety solutions to the meat processing, food and beverage industries. Birko manufactures concentrated chemical formulations used in plant cleaning and sanitation, as well as antimicrobial interventions used to reduce pathogens from the manufacturing process of food. Birko carries a complete line of special purpose chemicals for controlling pathogens including Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria.

Birko’s equipment division, Chad Equipment, LLC, designs and manufactures chemical dispensing systems and state-of-the-art washing systems as well as equipment used for food safety protection in meat processing. Chad also provides ongoing service and support for its harvesting and processing equipment.

Birko’s information technology includes BirkoStats™, an online chemical usage tracking system, and the BOSS™ Blend-On-Site System, which blends high performance cleaning products on-site from custom super concentrates.

Founded in 1953, Birko is a WBENC Certified Women’s Business Enterprise and was awarded Supplier of the Century by the National Meat Association.

As you cover food safety , please keep the experts at Birko in mind.

Birko’s experts can address:
• Effective ways to fight Listeria in produce
• Reducing Salmonella in pet foods
• Reducing E. coli in beef
• Reducing Salmonella and Campylobacter in poultry
• Removing beerstone and other soil stains from metal in breweries
• Reducing chemical usage and greenhouse gas (C02) in the brewery with acid and detergent only cleaning
• Thermal pasteurization for proper food safety in protein processing
• Meeting cleaning and sanitation challenges with environmentally-safe chemistry
• Better chemical on-site blending and dispensing for sanitation and safety

In the Press Room, you’ll find bios of Birko’s management team and chemists/microbiologists, and additional resources including a company profile and an overview of The Birko Advantage–an integrated food safety solution of environmentally safe chemistry, state-of-the-art equipment and comprehensive information technology.

Please feel free to contact us for more information or to arrange an interview.

Media Contact:
Kristi McCrery
Marketing Coordinator

Management Team

Birko’s management team is well recognized for its expertise on food safety for the protein, produce and brewery industries. We are actively involved in industry associations, including the National Meat Association and the North American Meat Processors Association, the United Fresh Produce Association, the American Chemical Society and the Master Brewers Association of the Americas. Here you can learn more about our team’s specific areas of expertise. High resolution photos are available on request.

Kelly Green, Owner and Chairman of the Board
Mark Swanson, Chief Executive Officer
Terry McAninch, Vice President, Research and Development
Philip Snellen, Vice President, Sales
Mike Gangel, President, Chad Equipment, LLC

Chemists and Biologists

Birko’s expertise and innovation in food safety is built on a strong technical foundation. Our laboratory facilities include a Class II pathogen lab, headed by Birko’s Research and Development Chemist, Victor Reusch, Ph.D., and supported by a highly-trained team of chemists and microbiologists. These professionals are available for on-site consultations with customers in the protein, produce and brewery industries. High resolution photos are available on request.

Victor Reusch, Ph.D., R&D Chemist
Elis Owens, Ph.D., Senior Chemist / Microbiologist
Dana Johnson, Brewery Specialist
Erin Cain-Helfrich, Quality Manager / Regulatory Specialist


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Additional Resources

Company Profile
The Birko Advantage


The Birko Advantage by Mark Swanson, CEO
Capabilities Overview