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Faces of Avena: Kenna Chen

Faces of Avena: Kenna Chen

Meet Kenna Chen, Grower Relations and Procurement Administrator, at Avena’s Rowatt, SK facility. Avena farmers know her well. She is the person they call with questions on contracts and grain receipts. Kenna also tracks and documents grain movement from the farm, through Rowatt, to other Avena facilities. She ensures Avena complies with provincial and national regulatory agency requirements. Her meticulous paperwork and active communication with farmers are essential to the success of Avena’s vision to partner for safe, healthy diets and a sustainable world.

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Faces of Avena: Rod Lechner

Rod Lechner has been with Avena since 2008. As Head Miller of Avena Regina, he plays a key role in continually updating the plant and finding innovative ways to meet strict standards and ever-evolving customer needs. He recalls working side-by-side with the company’s founders to bring the dream of a certified gluten-free oat mill to life. As Avena prepares to open a second oat milling plant in nearby Rowatt, SK, Rod is ready to pivot as needed to keep Avena competitive in expanding global markets.

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Faces of Avena: Matt Speidel

As a key negotiator for grain procurement, Matt Speidel works closely with farmers and Avena’s Rowatt, Sask. processing team. Matt has been with Avena (and Best Cooking Pulses) for 17 years. We sat down with Matt to chat about his role at Avena and his perspective as the Grain Buyer and Operations Manager, Rowatt.

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