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Perdue Plant in Prince George is Adding 190 Jobs
March 28, 2014 - Two weeks after a food distributor announced it is closing its facility and laying off 46 people, another food company just down the road said it is hiring four times that many people. Perdue Foods is increasing capacity at its Mid-Atlantic Replenishment Center, located at 5155 Chudoba Parkway, Prince George. This includes a $3 million investment in additional equipment, plus adding 190 new positions at the facility, bringing the number of people employed there to more than 500. Read more. >>
Sanderson Farms Poultry Complex Still on Schedule for 2015 Completion
March 14, 2014 - In January, the last time the Herald-Press received an update on the $124 million Sanderson Farms poultry complex being constructed in the area, progress was reported to be on track, minus a few minor delays – per compliments of Mother Nature. As of Thursday, construction is still in motion and on schedule, according to Bob “Pic” Billingsley, director of development and engineering.
“We've had to deal with elements out there, with the rainy weather since we've gotten under construction in November, but we can't control that – we just have to deal with it,” he said. “From a construction standpoint everything’s on schedule as planned – no surprises.” Read more. >>
Peco Foods Announces New $165 Million Project in Northeast Arkansas
March 4, 2014 - Peco Foods announced plans to build a fully integrated poultry complex in Randolph and Clay Counties in northeastern Arkansas. The new facilities will include a hatchery, feed mill and processing plant. Through both locations, the company plans to invest an estimated $165 million and create I ,000 new jobs.
"We are extremely pleased to formally announce this new project today," Mark Hickman said. "As we have experienced firsthand with our complex in Batesville, the state of Arkansas is home .to an outstanding workforce that shares the goals and values of our company. I want to thank Governor Beebe and his team for their assistance in making our Northeast Arkansas expansion a reality. We look forward to a long and very successful partnership." Read more. >>
DuPont Opens Office in Myanmar, One of the Fastest Growing Economies in ASEAN
February 28, 2014 - DuPont, the world’s leading science company, announces the opening of its business operations in Myanmar, with commitment to helping address the country’s challenges in feeding the growing population, reducing dependence on fossil fuels and protecting people and the environment. Read more. >>
Harvest Preparatory School Expanding to Address Achievement Gap in North Minneapolis
February 14, 2014 - The Cargill Foundation announced on Wednesday that it is providing a three-year, $1.5 million grant to assist in the creation of the Harvest Network of Schools, which will manage services for its three schools. Specifically, the grant will support the development and implementation of a growth plan, which is focused on: planning, teaching, and student assessment; instructional leadership and coaching; school leadership, fundraising and financial management. Read more. >>
Jamesway Announces New Website, Logo
February 3, 2014 - Incubator Company Jamesway has launched its new website. "The look and feel of the website uses our traditional colors which were incorporated into the new logo and emphasizes our products and services to ensure hatchery managers and investors a worry free hatchery," according to Jamesway President Dr Ian MacKinnon. Read more. >>
Alltech Asks Poultry Industry “What If There Was A Better Wa
January 30, 2014 - There are two objectives every poultry company should be trying to achieve, how can we increase as well as improve productivity and meet consumer expectation? According to one expert, the poultry industry needs to acquire a new mindset and adopt a “what if” strategy. Read more. >>
Hormel Foods Recognized as one of the 2014 Best Companies for Leaders
January 24, 2014 - Hormel Foods Corporation announced it was ranked No. 9 on the 2014 Best Companies for Leaders list by Chief Executive magazine. This is the first time Hormel Foods has received this recognition. Chief Executive magazine compiles the list each year to identify companies that excel in leadership development. Criteria included having a formal leadership process in place, the depth of the leadership funnel (as measured by the percentage of senior management and middle management positions filled by internal candidates), and the company’s performance. Read more. >>
Diamond V Makes Top Management Changes
January 8, 2014 - Diamond V has re-organized its upper level management team, effective January 1, 2014. One of which is the transition of John Bloomhall, President and CEO, to Chairman of the Board, making him the fifth family member to lead the company. Past Chairman of the Board, Bill Bloomhall, continues to serve as a board member. Read more. >>
November 26, 2013 - In recognition of World Food Day, employees of Archer Daniels Midland Company around the globe donated the equivalent of 271,715 pounds (123.25 metric tons) of food to community food banks, pantries and soup kitchens in ADM communities worldwide. The donations were coordinated through the company’s ADM Cares program. Read more. >>
Cargill to Upgrade and Enhance Its Poultry Processing Business in the UK with Three-Year Investment
November 6, 2013 - Cargill will be implementing a phased investment plan to focus the business on the retail sector and key partners in food service. Over the next 24 -36 months, Cargill plans to invest £35 million to improve efficiencies, upgrade technologies and create a state of the art processing facility in Hereford. These investments will also enable Cargill to expand its capacity to process and supply fresh UK reared chicken. Read more. >>
Pilgrim’s Looks to Expand Its Chicken Business in Mexico
November 1, 2013 - Pilgrim's is considering options to expand its broiler operations in Mexico, Pilgrim's CEO Bill Lovette said. When Pilgrim's solid business model in Mexico is combined with a growing consumer base in Mexico, expansion there makes good sense, he said.
"Mexico represents a great opportunity for growth and profitability for chicken," Lovette said during an October 31 conference call. "That's primarily due to a growing economy and more and more consumers moving into the middle class and thereby increasing their consumption of protein, and specifically chicken. We don't think that's going to change anytime soon." Read more. >>
American Proteins Listed as One of Atlanta’s Top 100 Private Companies
October 18, 2013 - Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Oct. 11 print edition featured Atlanta’s Top 100 Private Companies, ranked by 2012 revenue. To qualify for the listing, companies must have their headquarters in the 20-county metro Atlanta area, and not be a subsidiary of another company. The five largest private companies are Cox Enterprises Inc., First Data Corp., RaceTrac Petroleum Inc., Southwire Co., and Chick-fil-A Inc.
American Proteins ranked 17 in the listing. Revenue figures for the top 100 range from $54.3 million to $15.3 billion. Read more. >>
DuPont Named to Thomson Reuters 2013 World’s Top 100 Most Innovative Organizations Third Year Runnin
October 10, 2013 - DuPont is proud to be included in Thomson Reuters 2013 World’s Top 100 Most Innovative Organizations. This is the third consecutive year DuPont has been featured on this list, which focuses on how patent activity, protection of intellectual property, new technologies and increased research and development (R&D) investment drive business growth and profitability. Read more. >>
DuPont Recognized by Carbon Disclosure Project for Climate Change Leadership and Named to Dow
September 25, 2013 - DuPont has been named to the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) S&P 500 Carbon Performance Leadership Index (CPLI) and Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) with a score of 96 for its disclosure of information related to climate change risks and opportunities and an “A” for its emission reduction performance. DuPont was also recently named to the North America Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and the CDP Global 500 Carbon Performance Leadership Index. Read more. >>
NJ Governor Chris Christie Visits Zoetis as Company Celebrates Establishing Strong Roots in New Jers
September 18, 2013 - Zoetis Inc. formerly the animal health business unit of Pfizer Inc., celebrated establishing strong roots in New Jersey by hosting New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for an address to employees at the company’s new world headquarters in Florham Park, N.J. Governor Christie joined members of the Zoetis Executive Team to plant a Red Oak, the New Jersey state tree, helping replace trees lost to Super Storm Sandy.
“The celebration and tree-planting is another important step for Zoetis in our first year as an independent public company,” said Sandra J. Beaty, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs at Zoetis. “We are committed to growing our business in New Jersey where we have access to a highly educated and diverse workforce, which is essential to managing a global animal health company. We want to thank Governor Chris Christie, Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, and their administration for all their efforts to help create a favorable business climate in the state. We are proud to call New Jersey our home.” Read more. >>
Steve Willardsen, retired president of Cargill Value Added Meats, was presented with the 2013 Turkey
September 13, 2013 - Steve Willardsen, retired president of Cargill Value Added Meats, was presented with the 2013 Turkey Leader of the Year award for a lifetime achievement of leadership and dedication to the turkey industry at The Poultry Federation’s Annual Turkey Committee meeting in Branson, Missouri. Read more. >>
Cargill Invests $10 Million to Upgrade Poultry Processing Fa
August 29, 2013 - Cargill is investing $10 million (about THB 300 million) to upgrade its integrated poultry processing facility in Saraburi, Thailand, which produces a range of cooked poultry products for food service chains, convenience stores, food manufacturers, retailers and distributors across Asia, Europe and North America. Read more. >>
Hy-Line Celebrates 20 Years of Service
August 14, 2013 - In May of 1993, the first shipment of Hy-Line Brown Parent Stock arrived in Nepal. The breeders were shipped to Guna Chandra Bista, owner of Avinash Hatchery, Ltd., and thus Mr. Bista became the first Nepalese poultry farmer to import a western layer breed.
The cooperation between Mr. Bista and Hy-Line began a few months prior when Hy-Line Regional Business Manager Miguel Paula visited Mr. Bista in his home town of Narayangarth, Bharatpur. At that time the company was operating under the name Avinash Poultry and they were breeding a brown layer from a neighboring country. Read more. >>
Pilgrim's Pride Reports an Increase in Year over Year Net Income of 175% for the Second Quarter
August 1, 2013 - Pilgrim's Pride Corporation reports second quarter 2013 financial results with net sales of $2.2 billion, compared to $2.0 billion reported in the second quarter of 2012. Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA") of $264.6 million compared to the $125.1 million generated in the prior year. Net income of $190.7 million reflected an improvement of 175% compared to the $69.4 million reported in the same period in 2012, with earnings per share reaching $0.74 compared to $0.27 in the second quarter of 2012.
"Our second quarter results continue to validate our strategy. Our focus on our key customers and ability to adapt to changing market conditions has helped us gain significant business in strategic channels to improve our sales mix, enabling us to take advantage of strong industry fundamentals. We continue to reap the benefits of operational excellence in areas of yield improvements and plant cost and efficiency gains, all of which contributed to our positive results, while our export and Mexico business continue to operate more favorably," stated Bill Lovette, Pilgrim's Chief Executive Officer. Read more. >>
Helping Educate Tomorrow’s Leaders: Cargill Announces First Class of Cargill Global Scholars
July 29, 2013 - How can today’s industry experts influence the development of tomorrow’s leaders? Cargill and its executives have signed up to mentor and support select undergraduate students around the world as part of the Cargill Global Scholars program. Fifty-six undergraduate college students were recently notified that their university experience will be transformed by becoming members of the first class of Cargill Global Scholars.
Through this new scholarship program, selected college students from Brazil, China, Russia, India and the United States will receive funds to help cover their educational expenses and will participate in leadership development and enrichment activities with Cargill leaders. These activities have been designed to enhance critical thinking skills and equip students with tools to help them become leaders and decision makers in their chosen fields. Read more. >>
DSM Buys Bayer’s Philippine Premix Business for Feed Mills
July 2, 2013 - DSM Nutritional Products, Philippines, has purchased Bayer Philippines, industrial custom premix for feed millers business of Bayer in the Philippines. Both companies have emphasized that current Bayer Animal Health industrial feed premix customers in the Philippines will continue to be supplied in future without interruption from a newly built state-of-the-art facility, inaugurated by DSM in March 2013. Read more. >>
Mountaire, Allen Harim Both Plan Expansions
July 1, 2013 - Customer demand is driving growth at Mountaire Farms, leading the biggest chicken producer in Delaware to expand its Millsboro hatchery by more than a third in square footage. The $8.5 million expansion, slated for completion in October, will create four additional production jobs paying $11 to $15 per hour.
“As our customers’ business grows, the demand for our products grows,” said Michael W. Tirrell, vice president of Human Resources and Business Services. “We must grow in order to meet the increasing demand for our products.” Read more. >>
Hy-Line International Firmly Established for Future in Indian Market
June 24, 2013 - In a strong commitment to ensure long-term success in the world’s third largest egg market, Hy-Line International is investing in a wholly-owned subsidiary, Hy-Line Layers Pvt. Ltd., to serve the Indian market. With a 45% global market share, the world’s largest layer genetics company seeks to achieve strong participation to supply the anticipated continued growth of the Indian egg industry. Working in close cooperation with sister company, Aviagen, the new company is based in Tamil Nadu. Read more. >>
Cargill to Acquire Northstar Grain LLC Assets
June 18, 2013 - Cargill said it has reached an agreement to acquire the grain storage and crop inputs assets of Northstar Grain LLC and associated properties in Decatur in southwest Michigan. The assets will be acquired from Northstar Grain LLC. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of June, pending routine due diligence. Terms were not disclosed. Read more. >>
Aviagen Announces Restructuring
June 3, 2013 - Aviagen, world leader in poultry genetics, has announced a restructuring of the global executive management team with the appointment of two new presidents for Latin America and for Asia, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa. Ivan Pupo Lauandos becomes President of the Latin America Business, and Tom Exley becomes President of Asia, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa. Mr. Exley and Mr. Lauandos will both report to Bob Dobbie, President of International Business, and join Aviagen’s executive management board.
Commenting on the appointments, Bob Dobbie said: "Over the past 10 years we have seen consistent growth across our markets in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America; this restructure is aimed at continuing that growth pattern. We have created two new positions, which will enable Aviagen to concentrate on the strategic development within these regions." Read more. >>
Tyson Foods, Wal-Mart and LULAC Team Up to Fight Hunger in Puerto Rico
May 15, 2013 - Tyson Foods, Inc., Wal-Mart, and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) joined efforts to donate approximately 30,400 pounds of chicken breast filet fritters, rib meat, and tenders that will be distributed to non-profit organizations throughout Puerto Rico. LULAC, Tyson, Wal-Mart, and food bank representatives attended the ceremony. The donation is part of a 1 million pound, three-year joint commitment of Tyson Foods and LULAC to fight hunger. Read more. >>
Novus International Launches New Global Corporate Website
May 13, 2013 - Novus announces the launch of its new global corporate website – www.novusint.com. The new website was designed with our customer’s top-of-mind and incorporates features and content specifically intended to enhance usability and provide more value.
“We care about our customers around the world and want to help them in any way we can,” notes James Gerardot, Executive Director, GANS Global Strategic Marketing for Novus. “The website is an important resource for our customers, so having the most relevant information, organized in a user-friendly format was an important consideration in the development.” Read more. >>
ADM Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of New Soybean Processing Facility in Paraguay
May 10, 2013 - Archer Daniels Midland Company today celebrated the official ribbon cutting of its new soybean processing facility in Paraguay, in the city of Villeta. The plant has a daily capacity of 3,500 metric tons and has provided 160 direct jobs in the area. “We are excited to join with President Franco and the people of Villeta to celebrate this new, world-class facility,” said Juan Luciano, ADM executive vice president and chief operating officer. “This is yet another step forward as we work to implement our strategy to expand our operations in the world’s key growing regions.” Read more. >>
Aviagen Redesigns Website to Support Growing Business Globally
May 1, 2013 - Aviagen, the world leader in poultry genetics, launched the latest version of its corporate website, www.aviagen.com, which includes access to information about the company’s Arbor Acres, Indian River, and Ross brands. The site redesign is in response to positive customer feedback as well as statistical analysis of how visitors use the site and the information accessed most frequently. The full site is currently available in five languages: English, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish; Arabic and Turkish versions of the full site are currently under development and expected to come on line in the second quarter. There are also an additional nine language-specific pages on the site which highlight documents available in those languages. Read more. >>
Smithfield Foods Again Named to FTSE4Good's Ranking of Worldwide Socially Responsible Companies
April 11, 2013 - The FTSE Group, an award-winning global index company, has again named Smithfield Foods, Inc., to its prestigious FTSE4Good Index Series for companies demonstrating globally recognized corporate responsibility standards. To qualify for the FTSE4Good Index Series, eligible companies must meet globally recognized corporate responsibility standards, including stringent environmental, social and governance criteria, and are therefore positioned to capitalize on the benefits of responsible business practices.
"We are proud to continue to be a member of the FTSE4GoodIndex which speaks to the hard work our employees dedicate to producing Good food. Responsibly. We will continue to invest in and grow our sustainability programs," said Dennis H. Treacy, Smithfield's executive vice president and chief sustainability officer. Read more. >>
Perdue Agribusiness Receives DEP Permit for PA. Grain Elevator
April 9, 2013 - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has approved Perdue Agribusiness’s permit to construct and operate an $18 million grain elevator in Conoy Township, Lancaster County. The facility will receive, process, dry, store and ship soybeans that are grown and harvested throughout the region.
“Increasing the local capacity to dry and store soybeans allows for a more timely harvest, which helps to ensure a quality product, and it reduces the costs that farmers have to pay for transportation and shipping,” said Project Manager Peter Heller of Perdue AgriBusiness. “This project is going to ensure Pennsylvania farmers get the most value out of the grains they produce.” Read more. >>
Mountaire Farms Adds 90 Jobs
March 15, 2013 - Mountaire Farms of North Carolina is in the process of adding $5 million in new equipment and machinery to its existing plant, according to Mike Tirell, vice president of the company's Human Resources department. Tirell said the expansion will help the plant meet production needs. The plant is where chickens are processed then sold retail or wholesale.
"We're expanding our products," Tirell said, "so more production of fresh chicken and frozen chicken to be distributed around the world - fresh chicken for distribution in the United States." Read more. >>
Hendrix Genetics, Marel Stork Poultry Processing and Alltech Join the International Poultry Council
March 12, 2013 - Hendrix Genetics, the Australian Duck Meat Association, Marel Stork Poultry Processing and Alltech join the International Poultry Council (IPC). IPC's president Sumner welcomed the four companies as new associate members of his organization.
"We are honored to have them and hope many will follow", Sumner stated during a gathering in Bangkok due to VIV Asia. IPC brings together poultry industry leaders from around the world. Read more. >>
Chinese Association of Iowa Awards Kemin for International Excellence
March 4, 2013 - The Chinese Association of Iowa presented Kemin with the International Business Leadership Award during a visit to the company's headquarters in Des Moines. The award recognizes the company's global ambition and commitment to improve the well-being of the state of Iowa at the international level.
Presenting the award was Consul General Zhao Weiping, the Chinese Consul General to Chicago. Hosted by the Chinese Association of Iowa, Consul General Zhao, along with his seven member delegation, toured Kemin as well as other Des Moines companies to share knowledge, learn about business operations and enhance relations between Iowa and China. Read more. >>
Alltech Founder Dr. Pearse Lyons Receives Business Person of the Year Award
January 19, 2013 - Irish-born entrepreneur Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech, has received the Business and Finance "Business Person of the Year" award. The annual award honoring an individual who has enhanced business in Ireland was the highlight of the Business and Finance Award ceremony, held on December 18th in the Convention Centre in Dublin city, Ireland. A panel of Dr. Lyons' peers was chosen to select the winner. In the past, this prestigious program has celebrated the outstanding achievements of individuals such as JP McManus, Neville Isdell, Michael Smurfit, Tony Ryan, Dermot Desmond, Liam O' Mahony, Willie Walsh, Philip Lynch, Peter Sutherland, T.K. Whitaker and Denis O' Brien. Read more. >>
Cargill to Acquire Pennfield Animal Feed Assets
January 10, 2013 - Cargill has entered into an agreement with Pennfield Corporation to acquire the company's animal feed mills and associated assets located in Mount Joy and Martinsburg, Penn., for $8.5 million. The sale, expected to close in January, does not include Pennfield's South Montrose, Penn. feed mill. Read more. >>
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