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Meat industry leaders mourn their friend, Bobby Hatoff

Bobby Hatoff with son Todd and wife Trudy (Photo source: Allen Brothers website)

By Rita Jane Gabbett on 10/9/2012

Allen Brothers Chairman Robert (Bobby) Hatoff died this past weekend.  

Hatoff was a former chairman of the North American Meat Processors Association, a member of the National Meat Association and was on the board of the newly formed North American Meat Association.

Allen Brothers is a fourth generation beef processor that specializes in aged USDA Prime steaks for high-end steakhouses and restaurants. It was founded in 1893 in Chicago’s famed Union Stockyards meat market.  Bobby had led the company since the early 1980s. His son Todd Hatoff is currently the company president and chief executive officer.

“Bobby was the quintessential gentleman and a recognized pioneer in the meat industry,” said Allen Brothers Chief Operating Officer Howard Samuels in a statement.  “He will be greatly missed at Allen Brothers, in the Chicago business community and throughout our industry.”

“For us, Bobby was a truly outstanding individual who deeply cared about his fellow man. His legacy is rich and far reaching,” NAMA executives Barry Carpenter, Phil Kimball and Rosemary Mucklow said in a joint statement.  “Bobby was committed to helping others in the meat industry.  Many turned to him for advice, which he gave freely…. Bobby was modest about his many accomplishments.  He was generous, and his friendship was the best gift of all.  All of us who were privileged to share that friendship are better people for having known him. The thoughts and prayers of all NAMA members go to out to Bobby’s entire family.”

“Bobby was the kindest and most honorable man I have ever known. He was a true gentleman,” said Jim Marsden, Regent’s Distinguished Professor of Food Safety and Security at Kansas State University.

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