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Aspiring Singers Wanted for the Foster Farms Bowl "Oh Say, Can You Sing?" Contest
October 24, 2016 - Attention young singers! For the second year, the Foster Farms Bowl is hosting the “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” contest to find talented local youth to perform the national anthem in front of thousands of college football fans at the Foster Farms Bowl on Dec. 28, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The contest is open to soloists and groups aged 18 and under, residing in the San Francisco Bay Area or the Central Valley. Last year, the contest drew entries from singers as young as six years old. Read more. >>
Perdue AgriBusiness Announces Opening of Merchandising Office in Brazil
October 21, 2016 - Perdue AgriBusiness announces that it is opening a merchandising office in São Paulo, Brazil. The local presence of Perdue AgriBusiness associates in the region will enhance its direct sourcing of corn, soybeans and other commodities from Brazilian farmers, thereby improving the company’s ability to supply its international and U.S. customers year-round. Read more. >>
Jennie-O Turkey Store Donates Turkeys for Flood Stricken Area in Louisiana
October 21, 2016 - Jennie-O Turkey Store, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hormel Foods Corporation, announced a donation of 500 turkeys to the Harbor Church in Hammond, La. According to Jason Granger, outreach coordinator at Harbor Church, local churches are planning to serve a community Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 12. Families who have been directly affected by recent flooding will be given one of the 500 turkeys take home to prepare for their own Thanksgiving dinner. Read more. >>
Tyson Foods Donates to McDonald County FFA for National Competition Trip
October 19, 2016 - The state champion poultry judging team from McDonald County High School FFA is headed to the national competition in Indianapolis, Indiana. The team received a $4,000 donation from Tyson Foods to help the students take the trip. The company's Noel, Mo., plant also supplies the team with the birds they use in learning how to judge. Students say they are excited to be representing the Show-Me State on a national level. Read more. >>
Sanderson Farms Announces Retirement of Board Member Charles W. ("Tex") Ritter, Jr.
October 19, 2016 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced that Charles W. ("Tex") Ritter, Jr. has informed the Company that he will retire from the Sanderson Farms' Board of Directors when his current term ends at the 2017 annual shareholders' meeting. Read more. >>
Foster Farms’ Vet Shares Tips for Managing a Food-Safety Crisis in the Poultry Industry
October 19, 2016 - You’re a veterinarian at a major poultry company that’s just been slammed by a food-safety crisis. Can you imagine what that’s like? And more important, would you know what to do? Those were questions posed by Robert O’Connor, DVM, head veterinarian of Foster Farms, in a presentation at the 2016 American Association of Avian Pathologists conference. Read more. >>
World Food Program USA and Cargill Partner to Strengthen Local Food Security
October 19, 2016 - More than 100,000 schoolchildren in three countries will be served school meals sourced from local farmers over the next two years as part of a new joint program from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), World Food Program USA and Cargill. The initiative will connect small-scale farmers in Honduras and Indonesia with WFP’s school meals programs, building sustainable supply chains that deliver homegrown ingredients to create nourishing lunches for students. In Kenya, small-scale farmers strengthen their capacity to access stable markets. This approach not only provides the right nutrition for children, it also helps improve agricultural productivity and income potential for farmers. Read more. >>
Sanderson Farms Gifts $25,000 to Red Cross for Hurricane Matthew Relief
October 18, 2016 - In the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the Red Cross and its partner organizations continue to work together to help those affected by the storm. Sanderson Farms quickly jumped in to help the Red Cross fulfill its mission by donating $25,000 to Hurricane Matthew relief efforts. The funds will allow the Red Cross to continue its massive sheltering effort for thousands of people across five states, feed hungry families, and working with residents on the path to recovery. Read more. >>
Precautions Reduced House of Raeford’s Flood Losses
October 17, 2016 - House of Raeford Farms suffered at least partial flock losses at two contract farms to Hurricane Matthew floods, but preventative measures helped the company reduce its overall bird losses. Read more. >>
Jollibee-Cargill Venture to Start Operations by Fourth Quarter of 2017
October 13, 2016 - The joint venture of Jollibee Foods Corp. and Cargill Philippines, Inc. is looking to start operations in about a year, as its planned poultry processing plant in Batangas advances to the construction stage. Read more. >>
Hormel Foods Donation Helps Fight Hunger in Melrose
October 12, 2016 - The Jennie-O Turkey Store in Melrose, owned by Hormel Foods Corporation, has announced that it will donate $10,000 to Melrose Area Food Shelf. Read more. >>
Beyond Meat and Tyson Foods Announce Investment Agreement
October 11, 2016 - Tyson Foods, Inc. has taken a 5-percent ownership stake in plant-based protein producer Beyond Meat, both companies announced. The investment, provided through a fundraising initiative by Beyond Meat, will provide additional capital to help the company expand its product portfolio and distribution. Beyond Meat will remain an independent, privately held company led by Founder and CEO Ethan Brown. Read more. >>
Lohmann Animal Health International Invests in Composting Facility
October 11, 2016 - A poultry vaccine manufacturer is moving ahead with plans for a composting facility and other upgrades at its Winslow location. Lohmann Animal Health International Inc., which is owned by Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly, says the composting facility should save the company money and will improve its waste efficiency. Construction costs are estimated at $160,000. Read more. >>
Maple Leaf Farms Awards $21,009 to Top Professional and Student Chefs in Annual Duck Recipe Contest
October 10, 2016 - Duck proved to be on the mind of many chefs and culinary students as the 2016 Discover Duck Recipe Contest sponsored by Maple Leaf Farms attracted a record number of entries (285). Professional chefs and culinary students from various foodservice business segments, including restaurants, catering, college/university, healthcare and education, competed for $21,000 in prize money in the annual recipe contest. This year’s contest challenged culinary professionals to create original appetizers or first course offerings featuring Maple Leaf Farms duck products. Read more. >>
Zoetis Calls on Outstanding Veterinary Students to Apply for 2017 Scholarships
October 7, 2016 - Zoetis Inc. is partnering with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) to invite second- and third-year veterinary students in the U.S. and Caribbean to apply for the 2017 Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Award. Each scholarship is $2,000 and applicable to the upcoming 2017-2018 school term. Interested students can apply at VETVANCE®, a free online resource for veterinary students and recent graduates, through Nov. 30. Read more. >>
GNP Company Safety and Health Programs Recognized Nationally
October 6, 2016 - GNP Company®, the Midwest’s leading chicken producer of the Gold’n Plump® and Just BARE® chicken brands, was nationally recognized by the Joint Poultry Industry Safety & Health Council for its exemplary team member safety program. Arcadia team members were honored during an internal recognition lunch on Tuesday for GNP Company’s Arcadia, Wis., feed mill facility that received the Safety Award of Distinction, which is the Council’s highest honor. This is the fifth safety award in six years for the Arcadia feed mill and its fourth consecutive highest honor—the safety Award of Distinction—from the Council. Read more. >>
Phibro Animal Health Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year
October 3, 2016 - Phibro Animal Health Corporation has announced its financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30. It also provided guidance for its fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. Highlights for the June 2016 quarter (compared to the June 2015 quarter) included: Net sales of $189 million, an increase of two percent, net income of $15 million, an increase of 46 percent, diluted EPS of $0.38, an increase of 46 percent, adjusted EBITDA of $28 million, an increase of 4 percent and adjusted diluted EPS of $0.40, a decrease of 9 percent. Read more. >>
Tyson Foods and Taco Bell Awarded Most Innovative New Product
October 3, 2016 - Five years ago, Taco Bell asked Tyson Foods a question: “Can you put cheese inside a tortilla?” Tyson Foods is being honored as the Prepared Foods Spirit of Innovation Awards Editor’s Pick and Most Innovative New Product for its answer – the Quesalupa®. Read more. >>
Cargill Reports Fiscal 2017 First-Quarter Results
October 3, 2016 - Cargill reported financial results for the fiscal 2017 first quarter ended Aug. 31. Key measures include:
- Adjusted operating earnings rose 35 percent to $827 million in the first quarter, compared with $611 million in the year-ago period. - Net earnings on a U.S. GAAP basis were $852 million, up 66 percent from $512 million a year ago. The variance between adjusted and net earnings was largely a function of timing differences related to inventory, derivatives and hedging. - Revenues were $27.1 billion, essentially even with last year’s $27.5 billion. Read more. >>
JBT Corporation Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Tipper Tie
October 3, 2016 - JBT Corporation, a global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food & beverage industry, has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Tipper Tie, Inc. from Dover. The purchase price is $160 million, before customary post-closing adjustments. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2016, subject to customary regulatory approvals. Read more. >>
Sanderson Farms Goes to Work for Robeson County
September 29, 2016 - Although Robeson County’s unemployment rate has declined by about half since it peaked during the Great Recession, a lot of people remain unemployed or underemployed, and looking for a step in a better direction for them and theirs. Need some evidence? According to officials with Sanderson Farms, more than 4,000 people have applied for work with the Mississippi-based company, which will be opening a hatchery in Lumberton during October and a chicken-processing plant near St. Pauls in the wee hours of 2017. Read more. >>
Tyson Foods Donates 50,000 lbs. of Protein
September 29, 2016 - The Tyson Foods "Miles that Matter" program is donating 50,000 pounds of protein to the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank. Read more. >>
Gold’n Plump Introduces Chicken Meatballs, Sausages
September 29, 2016 - Gold’n Plump Introduces Chicken Meatballs, Sausages Read more. >>
Cal-Maine Foods Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results
September 26, 2016 - Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. has reported results for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 ended Aug. 27. Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 were $239.8 million, a 60.7 percent decrease compared to $609.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2016. The Company reported a net loss of $30.9 million, or $0.64 per basic and diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2017, compared to net income of $143.0 million, or $2.97 per basic share and $2.95 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2016. Read more. >>
Sanderson Farms, Inc. Announces Increase in Quarterly Dividend and Declares Special Dividend
September 23, 2016 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.24 (twenty-four cents) per share, an increase of $0.02 (two cents) per share per quarter. This represents a new annual dividend rate of $0.96 (ninety-six cents) per share, or an annual increase of $0.08 (eight cents) per share. The Board has also declared a special cash dividend of $1.00 (one dollar) per share. Both the regular quarterly cash dividend and the special cash dividend are payable on Oct. 18, to stockholders of record on Oct. 4. Declaration of the regular quarterly cash dividend will remain subject to Board approval each quarter. Read more. >>
Top-Level Cobb Visit to New Production Center in China
September 23, 2016 - Cobb-Vantress, Inc. top executives Jerry Moye and Joel Sappenfield visited the new farm and hatchery complex in Suizhou City, Hubei province, which will soon begin supplying the Chinese market. Mr. Sappenfield will assume the presidency of Cobb, as Mr. Moye will be retiring at the end of the year. Read more. >>
Industry Veteran Bill Andersen Named Chief Commercial Officer at Peco Foods, Inc.
September 23, 2016 - Bill Andersen, has been named to the newly created position of chief commercial officer for Peco Foods, Inc., according to an announcement by Peco Food’s CEO Mark Hickman. Andersen comes to Peco Foods from Gemstone Foods, where he held the position of chief executive officer. His 25 years of industry experience includes executive vice president and president of USA Proteins at Keystone Foods.
“We are pleased to welcome Bill to Peco Foods,” Hickman said. “In his senior management position as our chief commercial officer, Bill will lead our efforts to provide creative and competitive value added solutions to our customers. He is a highly respected industry executive whose experience and technical knowledge are directly aligned with our integrated global marketing program.” Read more. >>
Butterball to Add 30 Turkey Farms in Arkansas
September 22, 2016 - Butterball LLC is expanding its turkey operations in Arkansas with plans to add at least 30 new farms around the River Valley. Read more. >>
JBT Corp. (JBT) to Acquire Cooling and Applied Technologies in $90M Deal
September 19, 2016 - JBT Corporation announced it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the assets of Cooling and Applied Technologies (C.A.T.), Inc. The purchase price is $90 million, before customary post-closing adjustments. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2016, subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions. Read more. >>
Ledwell & Son Enterprises Celebrates 70 Years
September 15, 2016 - Since 1946, Ledwell & Son Enterprises has been building quality equipment to make their customers’ lives easier. Ledwell has become a leader in trailer and truck body manufacturing over the past 70 years. Continuing the tradition of innovation, Ledwell designs quality custom feed equipment with the owner and operator in mind. Their goal is to improve productivity and reduce overall cost of ownership. Ledwell feed trucks and trailers are designed to overcome service obstacles through improved efficiency, safety, performance and durability. Read more. >>
Bayer and Monsanto to Create a Global Leader in Agriculture
September 15, 2016 - Bayer and Monsanto today announced that they signed a definitive merger agreement under which Bayer will acquire Monsanto for USD 128 per share in an all-cash transaction. Monsanto’s Board of Directors, Bayer’s Board of Management and Bayer’s Supervisory Board have unanimously approved the agreement. Based on Monsanto’s closing share price on May 9, the day before Bayer’s first written proposal to Monsanto, the offer represents a premium of 44 percent to that price. Read more. >>
100 Years in the Making
September 12, 2016 - Cobb-Vantress Inc. is celebrating 100 years as the oldest pedigree broiler breeding company in the world, and in this milestone year, a transition is taking place at its highest level. Jerry Moye, president of Cobb, is retiring after 25 years with the company. Joel Sappenfield, who had worked for Tyson Foods Inc. since 1990, was appointed his successor in April, and will officially make the transition at the start of the company’s fiscal year, which is Oct. 2. Read more. >>
DSM Named Leader in Dow Jones Sustainability World Index
September 12, 2016 - Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, has been named the worldwide leader in the Materials industry group in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index published today. DSM has consistently been recognized for integrating sustainability into its business, having been named among the global leaders in each of the last 13 years and holding the number one position in the sector seven times. Read more. >>
Tyson Foods on Course for More Growth
September 9, 2016 - Executives from Tyson Foods, Inc. told investors at the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference that the company is producing higher, more stable earnings and sales volume growth.
“As stated on our last earnings call, our adjusted earnings guidance for fiscal 2016 of $4.40-4.50 per share is 40 percent more than last year and represents a four-year compound annual growth rate of approximately 22 percent, and we’re confident we can achieve high single digit growth in fiscal 2017,” said Donnie Smith, Tyson Foods’ chief executive officer. Read more. >>
Sanderson Farms: Judicious Antibiotic Use Improves Sustainability, Animal Welfare
September 9, 2016 - Feeding antibiotics selectively allows producers to be more sustainable and responsive to animal welfare, says Sanderson Farms. Read more. >>
Judge Orders JBS Chairman, CEO to Step Away
September 7, 2016 - A federal judge in Brazil has ordered JBS CEO Wesley Batista and JBS Chairman Joesley Batista to step away from their roles amid an investigation of suspected fraud at some of Brazil's largest pension funds. Read more. >>
Hormel Foods Announces Chief Executive Officer Retirement and Appointment
September 7, 2016 - Hormel Foods Corporation has announced that Jeffrey M. Ettinger will retire as chief executive officer on Oct. 30. Ettinger will continue to serve as Hormel Foods chairman of the board. The Board of Directors elected James P. Snee to be the company's next chief executive officer, effective Oct. 31. Snee currently serves as president and chief operating officer. Read more. >>
Cargill Names Chuck Gitkin North America Protein Business CMO
September 2, 2016 - Cargill has selected Chuck Gitkin, a veteran consumer packaged goods (CPG) and meat industry marketer, to lead its North America protein business marketing efforts in a newly created role as chief marketing officer (CMO), effective Sept. 19. He will also be a member of the Cargill Protein Group’s leadership team. Read more. >>
$2.4 Million Investment Modernizes Iowa Purina Feed Plant
August 30, 2016 - A $2.4 million capital investment will boost production capacity at the Purina Animal Nutrition plant that has been making livestock feed in Mason City, Iowa, for 56 years. The upgrades will increase availability of locally produced feed to farms in northcentral and northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota. Read more. >>
Butterball’s Carthage, Mo., Plant Achieves Workplace Safety Milestone
August 25, 2016 - Team members at Butterball’s Carthage, Mo., processing facility recently completed more than 2 million hours worked without a lost time injury – a demonstrative milestone that highlights Butterball’s commitment to safe work performance. Read more. >>
Consumers Seek Healthier Meals over Traditional Comfort Foods: Foster Farms
August 24, 2016 - A Foster Farms survey shows that consumers are moving away from traditional comfort foods and moving toward meals that are healthy, locally sourced and easy to prepare. Read more. >>
New Gold’n Plump® Shakers™ Breast Strip Kits Give Retailers a Fresh Take on Ready-to-Cook Chicken Nuggets
August 24, 2016 - Gold’n Plump®, the flagship brand of the Midwest’s leading chicken producer GNP Company®, is adding a new line of fresh, three-step prep chicken breast strip kits that provide high quality meals and snacks in under 20 minutes. The new Gold’n Plump SHAKERSTM line fits perfectly within the growing semi-homemade food trend that grocery expert Phil Lempert calls an “unbelievable opportunity” for grocery retailers. Read more. >>
Wayne Farms’ Dothan Expansion
August 23, 2016 - Wayne Farms is expanding its Dothan, Ala., facility. This expansion will add another 22 additional jobs to support the operation. Houston County Commissioners approved a $21 million expansion for the poultry processing plant. Previously Wayne Farms added another $64.5 million of investment to create 624 jobs. Regionally, this is a big expansion as feed mills are being constructed by Wayne Farms. Local business leaders feel this will create a large capacity on a side of Dothan that needs growth. The county is very excited for the new developments to get underway. Read more. >>
Cargill’s 2016 Annual Report Highlights Its Vision for Driving Change
August 17, 2016 - “A pivotal year.” These words headline the letter from Cargill Chairman and CEO Dave MacLennan and Executive Vice President and CFO Marcel Smits to readers of Cargill’s 2016 Annual Report. Read more. >>
House of Raeford Awards $50,000 in College Scholarships to Employees’ Children, Grandchildren
August 17, 2016 - House of Raeford Farms announced that it is awarding $50,000 in college scholarships to 20 students through the House of Raeford Scholarship Program. The scholarship program provides funding for employees’ dependent children and grandchildren who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs. Twenty students were selected from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana, representing each area within the company’s footprint. This year, 17 recipients are first-year college students, two recipients are beginning their second year, and one recipient is pursuing a graduate degree. Each 2016 House of Raeford Scholarship recipient was awarded $2,500. Read more. >>
Hormel Foods Donation Helps Fight Hunger in Pelican Rapids
August 16, 2016 - West Central Turkeys, LLC (Pelican Rapids, MN), owned by Hormel Foods Corporation, announced that it will donate $10,000 to the Pelican Rapids Community Food Shelf to help combat hunger in Pelican Rapids and surrounding communities. West Central Turkeys has donated funds to this organization for the past four years. Read more. >>
Bidco Africa Enters Partnership with Land O’Lakes, Inc. of the United States
August 16, 2016 - Land O’Lakes, Inc. and Bidco Africa t announced a partnership, executed in March 2016 that will capitalize on the enormous growth potential of agricultural markets in Kenya. The two organizations are leveraging their distinctive and complementary animal feed portfolios to create BIDCO LAND O’LAKES LTD, a new joint venture business that will help farmers to substantially improve animal nutrition. Improved feed is fundamental not only for ensuring optimal animal health and wellbeing, but also for generating the improved yields that will foster agricultural productivity and enhanced food security in East Africa. Read more. >>
Aviagen Kft Extends Ross Eastern Europe Reach
August 15, 2016 - July 1 saw the first-ever delivery of Ross® parent stock chicks to Albania. Driza Limited, the country’s leading poultry producer, became the latest addition to Aviagen® Kft’s growing customer base. Read more. >>
Darling Ingredients Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results: Feed Segment Drives Improvement While DGD Recovers to Normal
August 15, 2016 - 2nd Quarter 2016 Highlights:
-Net income of $32.0 million, or $0.19 per GAAP diluted share -0Revenue of $877.3 million -Adjusted EBITDA of $124.0 million, improved sequential EBITDA of 25.3 percent -North American Feed Segment contributed improved sequential earnings and EBITDA margin expansion -Strong demand for Global Feed and Fuel Ingredients, Consistent performance from Food Segment and DGD normalizes Read more. >>
Prestage Farms: Twenty-Five Years of Employment Celebrated
August 11, 2016 - The Prestage family was honored to celebrate 25 years of service with 17 employees and their spouses over dinner on Aug. 2. Read more. >>
Simmons Pet Food Commits $150k, Hopes to Fetch Support for Siloam Springs Dog Park
August 11, 2016 - Simmons Pet Food has announced its commitment to match up to $150,000 in donations supporting the construction of a dog park in Siloam Springs, Ark. The company plans to provide financial and hands-on support for fellow pet lovers hoping to bring a dog park to the town. Read more. >>
Meyn Expanding Production in Facilities in Poland
August 11, 2016 - To secure the best delivery times for among others our fast growing drawer arrival and CAS system now and in the future, Meyn has started to expand their plant in Lebork (Poland). They expect to complete this expansion project in January 2017, and they will be fully operational in June 2017. Read more. >>
Egg Producer Rose Acre Farms Plans New $5M Indiana Headquarters
August 8, 2016 - Construction has started on a new $5 million office building to house the headquarters of a southern Indiana egg producer. Rose Acre Farms Inc. chief operating officer Tony Wesner said the new building in Seymour, about 60 miles south of Indianapolis, is needed because the company has outgrown its current office space a few miles outside the city. Read more. >>
Allen Harim Eyes More Production at Poultry Processing Plant
August 8, 2016 - Poultry producer Allen Harim is celebrating upgrades at the company’s processing plant in Harbeson. The company says it has invested about $30 million to date in expansions and renovations and expects to invest a total of about $40 million by the end of next year. Read more. >>
Tyson’s Third Quarter Earnings Surge 51 Percent Due to Strong Performance across All Segments of Business
August 8, 2016 - Tyson Foods, Inc. one of the world's largest food companies with leading brands including Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells® and State Fair®, has reported its third quarter earnings. Read more. >>
JBS Takes First Steps in Ambitious Restructure Scheme
August 8, 2016 - A massive restructure at JBS, the world's biggest meat packer, is now officially underway, as the bank asked for shareholder approval, and requested regulatory permission for a New York Listing. The group, which owns the Swift, Pilgrim's Pride and Moy Park brands, is proceeding with a structural shakeup which will leave most of the company's assets in the hands of a New York listed entity, with only a minority stake in its Brazilian meat packing business remaining on the Brazilian exchange. Read more. >>
Zoetis Acquires Scandinavian Micro Biodevices to Extend Its Pipeline in Diagnostics for Veterinary Use
August 8, 2016 - Zoetis has announced that it has completed the purchase of Scandinavian Micro Biodevices, a pioneer in developing and manufacturing microfluidic “lab on a chip” diagnostic analyzers and tests for veterinary point-of- care services for $80 million. The acquisition adds to Zoetis’ complementary point-of-care diagnostics portfolio, giving the company an expanded and promising pipeline in this fast-growing segment of the animal health industry. Read more. >>
Tyson Foods Fires Workers for ‘Poor Animal Handling’
August 8, 2016 - Tyson Foods Inc. that it fired two employees after the company became aware of a video showing “poor animal handling” by company employees on some of its contract poultry farms in Virginia.
“Two of the employees who clearly mishandled birds were terminated immediately,” the company said in a statement sent to the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Friday. “Other employees are on suspension pending a full investigation.” Read more. >>
ADM Directors Declare Cash Dividend
August 5, 2016 - Archer Daniels Midland Company’s Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of 30 cents per share on the company’s common stock payable on Sept.7, to shareholders of record on Aug. 17. Read more. >>
Robin and Gary George to Fund Chapel with Additional $1 Million to Arkansas Children’s Northwest
August 2, 2016 - Robin and Gary George of Springdale, Ark., have made an additional gift of $1 million to the construction of Arkansas Children’s Northwest. The chapel in the new hospital will be named the Robin George Chapel in recognition of Robin’s long-time involvement with the Pastoral Care program at Arkansas Children’s and in honor the couple’s continued generosity. Read more. >>
Tyson Foods Fills Newly Created Ecommerce Position
August 2, 2016 - Tyson Foods, Inc. has filled the newly-created role of vice president, ecommerce, company officials reported.
Tim Madigan has been selected to lead the development and execution of the company’s strategy and the direct relationships with all pure-play, online retailers.
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DuPont Reports Second-Quarter 2016 Results
July 29, 2016 - DuPont, a science company that brings world-class, innovative products, materials, and services to the global marketplace, today announced second-quarter 2016 GAAP 2 earnings of $1.16 per share and operating earnings of $1.24 per share. Prior year GAAP and operating earnings were $1.06 and $1.09 per share, respectively. Refer to Schedule B for details of significant items. Second-quarter 2016 sales totaled $7.1 billion, down slightly versus prior year as volume growth of 2 percent was more than offset by pressure from local price, currency and portfolio. Read more. >>
Professional Development Gives Local Teachers Industry In
July 29, 2016 - Most teachers are no stranger to the world of professional development, but this summer, one group had a less typical experience. Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus partnered with the Guy Fenter Education Service Cooperative to create a professional development program that brought teachers directly to industry professionals to find out what skills were needed to employ their students. Read more. >>
Celebration of 30 Year Association with Cobb Sweden
July 29, 2016 - The 30 year association between Cobb-Vantress and its Swedish distributor Cobb Sweden was celebrated at a famous vineyard, Fladie Vingard near Malmö in the south of Sweden.
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Pilgrim's Pride Reports Operating Income of $237 Million with an Operating Margin of 11.7% for the Second Quarter of 2016
July 27, 2016 - Pilgrim's Pride Corporation reports second quarter 2016 financial results.
Second Quarter Highlights:
-Net Sales of $2.03 billion. -Net Income of $152.9 million, GAAP EPS of $0.60. -Operating Income margins of 9.8% in U.S. and 20.5% in Mexico operations, respectively. -Adjusted EBITDA of $282.7 million (or a 13.9% margin). -Cash Flow From Operations of $111.1 million. -Prepared Foods to launch new ABF veg-fed chicken sausage products, leveraging our leadership in ABF veg-fed Fresh Chicken and entry into organic. -Operational improvements in Prepared Foods operations impacting production in short-term but preparing facilities for long-term growth. Read more. >>
Maryland Honors Perdue Farms for Worksite Wellness Achievements
July 27, 2016 - The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Healthiest Maryland Businesses initiative has presented Perdue Farms a Gold Wellness at Work award for achievements in improving associates’ health through the company’s innovative Health Improvement Program (HIP). Van Mitchell, secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, presented the award at the recent annual Maryland Workplace Health and Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. Read more. >>
CEVA Posts Strong Double-Digit Organic Growth Once Again in First Half of 2016
July 25, 2016 - Consolidated sales of the Ceva Group reached €455m at the end of June 2016, representing growth of seven percent versus last year +13 percent at a constant perimeter and exchange rates. Read more. >>
Allen Harim, C&S Wholesale Form Partnership
July 21, 2016 - Allen Harim struck a deal with C&S Wholesale Grocers to distribute the poultry processor’s Nature’s Sensation brand of chicken to independent grocers nationwide. Chickens raised for the Nature’s Sensation brand never receive antibiotics and are fed a 100-percent vegetarian diet. Read more. >>
Land O’Lakes, Inc. Announces New Sustainability Business Division
July 20, 2016 - Land O’Lakes, Inc. has announced the formal organization of a new business unit, SUSTAIN, and its leadership. SUSTAIN will focus on aligning environmental sustainability efforts across the full Land O’Lakes, Inc. enterprise. Read more. >>
Neogen Reports Record Revenues and Earnings
July 19, 2016 - Neogen Corporation announced that revenues for the fourth quarter of its 2016 fiscal year, which ended May 31, were $90,079,000, an increase of 15 percent compared to the prior year quarter. Revenues for fiscal 2016 increased 13 percent to $321,275,000 from the prior year's $283,074,000. This increase was aided by recent acquisitions completed by the company, and was achieved despite adverse top line currency adjustments of approximately $7.7 million for the full year resulting from currency weakness in Neogen's international markets. Read more. >>
Butterball Makes Executive Appointments
July 19, 2016 - Butterball LLC announced the appointment of two senior vice presidents. Steve Canale was appointed senior vice president of foodservice sales, while Suzanne Griffin was named senior vice president and general counsel. Read more. >>
Case Farms LLC of Goldsboro, N.C. Achieves American Humane Certification for Humane Treatment of Its Chickens
July 15, 2016 - Building a more humane world for farm animals begins with meaningful commitments by caring, enlightened farmers, ranchers and food companies. American Humane, the country's first national humane organization and creator of the first and largest third-party farm animal welfare certification program, announced that Case Farms LLC of Goldsboro, N.C., has met its rigorous farm animal welfare standards and achieved certification through the American Humane Certified™ program. Read more. >>
Gold'n Plump® Launches New Attributes for All Natural Line and Tool to Help Define New Label Claims
July 14, 2016 - Gold'n Plump®, the flagship brand of the Midwest's leading chicken producer GNP Company®, has added two new attributes to its All Natural chicken products: No Antibiotics–Ever and the American Humane Certified™ farm program seal. The first Gold'n Plump products featuring both of these claims are in stores now. There are now 25 items in distribution with plans to gradually extend these attributes to the entire Gold'n Plump line. Read more. >>
JBS USA Food Plant to Move Santa Fe Springs Operation to Riverside
July 14, 2016 - Hundreds of workers in Santa Fe Springs will lose their jobs over the next few months as a meat-processing plant in the city shuts down and transfers all of its operations to Riverside. The 50,000-square-foot JBS USA Food Co. plant in Santa Fe Springs currently employs about 300 workers. The Santa Fe Springs facility produces a variety of “case ready” beef, pork and chicken products that are ready for consumer use when they are shipped out. JBS products are sold under such brand names as Swift, Primo, Hans, Pilgrim’s and Seara. Read more. >>
Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc. Recalls Chicken Products Due to Possible E. coli O121 Contamination
July 14, 2016 - Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc., a Van Buren, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,850 pounds of frozen, heat treated, not ready-to-eat (NRTE) chicken products that may be contaminated with E. coli O121, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. Read more. >>
Tyson’s Bourne Keeps Poultry in Motion and More for Major US Meat Exporter
July 12, 2016 - As Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based director of international transportation and rail operations for Springdale, Ark.-headquartered Tyson, Bourne is charged with maintaining the flow of poultry, beef, pork and value-added branded items for the second-largest U.S. exporter of temperature-controlled proteins in a global marketplace spanning more than 100 countries. Bourne also is active with the Agriculture Transportation Coalition, including recently testifying on Capitol Hill on the impending verified gross weight mandate, and finds time to promote type 1 diabetes research, collect antique firearms and even go on an African safari. Read more. >>
Tyson Debuts Renovated Downtown Springdale Space
July 8, 2016 - Tyson Foods, Inc. is officially moving back to downtown Springdale. The poultry company held an open house on Thursday to show off its renovations at 516 East Emma Avenue, a building constructed in the 1930s that has held a truck terminal, newspaper and store. Read more. >>
Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation to Host Second Quarter 2016 Earnings Call on July 28
July 8, 2016 - Pilgrim's Pride Corporation has announced that it will host its second quarter 2016 earnings conference call and webcast on Thursday, July 28, at 7:00 a.m. MT (9:00 a.m. ET). Prepared remarks regarding the company's financial and operational results will be followed by a question and answer period with Pilgrim's executive management team. Read more. >>
Q&A with Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue
July 7, 2016 - Last week, Salisbury-based Perdue Farms Inc., which is the fourth largest poultry producer in the country, announced a series of precedent setting reforms that aims to improve the lives of the 700 million chickens it raises and slaughters each year. Jim Perdue, the third generation leader of the family business that pulled in over $6 billion in global sales last year, sat down with The Dispatch to talk about the new “forever initiative,” cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and how the consumer is drastically changing the way companies of all sizes are doing business. Read more. >>
South Dakota Town Embraces New Immigrants Vital to Meat Industry
July 5, 2016 - At Dakota Provisions, a turkey processing plant in Huron, S.D, worker Nyo Maung takes only a second-and-half to remove the tail of a turkey. With his electric knife, he completes 40 cuts a minute and 2,400 every hour. Huron is a small city of 13,000 residents halfway between Sioux Falls and the state capital, Pierre. More than 40 turkey farms supply the plant, which distributes meat all over the U.S. Read more. >>
Evonik Acquires NOREL’s Probiotics Business
July 5, 2016 - Evonik signed a purchase agreement on July 4, for acquisition of the probiotics business of the Spanish company NOREL, a global supplier of animal feed ingredients. The agreement sees Evonik acquiring NOREL’s probiotics product portfolio as well as the company’s site in León (Spain). The business will be integrated into Evonik’s Animal Nutrition business line. The parties have agreed not to disclose details of the transaction. Read more. >>
Todd Firkins Named Executive Director of U.S. Food Animal Marketing at Merck Animal Health
July 1, 2016 - Merck Animal Health is pleased to announce that Todd Firkins has joined the company as the Executive Director of U.S. Food Animal Marketing. With more than 20 years’ experience in the animal health industry, Todd brings an extensive background in sales, marketing and management, as well as considerable knowledge of our business. Read more. >>
West Liberty Foods Achieves Landfill-Free Milestone at Bolingbrook Operations
July 1, 2016 - West Liberty Foods LLC announced all of its facilities are landfill-free, with its operation in Bolingbrook - West Liberty Foods and Liberty Cold - achieving this impressive milestone in April 2016. Read more. >>
Sanderson Farms – A Culture of Giving Back
June 29, 2016 - There is a sea change occurring within corporate America as companies seek to meet the evolving expectations of employees and customers. For example, Millennials not only want to know an organization’s mission, but they demand that the organization demonstrate a drive to meet that mission. This generation has also shown a willingness to abandon support for a company whose mission doesn’t align with their own values. By placing the Golden Rule at the heart of business, many companies now find that the more they give, indeed, the more they receive. Read more. >>
Bruno Briand Appointed as Hubbard Sales Director EMEA
June 28, 2016 - Hubbard is very pleased to announce that Bruno Briand has been promoted to the newly created position of sales director for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) region. He will continue to report to Olivier Rochard, CEO of Hubbard. Following a period of eight years with one of the major French integrations, Bruno Briand joined Hubbard in 2004 and has since been in charge of planning, later on combined with regional responsibilities for sales. Read more. >>
Phibro Animal Health Joins GlobalVetLINK’s VFD System
June 28, 2016 - GlobalVetLINK (GVL®) and Phibro Animal Health Corporation announced today a partnership for GVL’s electronic Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) System, FeedLINK®. In preparation for the final VFD implementation on Jan. 1, 2017, Phibro joins GVL in providing the industry with a solution to help make compliance as simple as possible. Phibro’s participation ensures that all label information and instructions for its products requiring a VFD will be complete in the system. Read more. >>
Unlock the Potential of Your Frontline at the 8th Annual Alchemy Conference
June 28, 2016 - THE ALCHEMY CONFERENCE is a unique opportunity to spend three days with hundreds of leading food industry professionals to address key trends and best practices that empower frontline workers to improve your bottom line. Join Alchemy from Sept. 13-15, in Austin, Texas, to learn valuable new strategies and techniques for keeping your workplace both safe and productive. U.S. Poultry & Egg Association members receive a $100 discount off of registration. Use promo code USPOULTRY. Read more. >>
Tyson Foods Buoyed by Rising Demand
June 23, 2016 - Tyson Foods executives have told investors the food giant has enjoyed surging demand for its branded meat products. Read more. >>
George's Inc. Names Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer
June 23, 2016 - Devin Cole has been named chief strategy and commercial officer of privately held poultry company George’s Inc. of Springdale. George's announced Wednesday that he would be overseeing the development and implementation of the company's corporate growth strategy. Read more. >>
GNP Company Product Recall Includes NO Gold’n Plump Chicken Sold in Grocery Meat Case or Deli; One Just BARE Whole Chicken Product
June 20, 2016 - GNP Company, a provider of premium natural chicken in the Upper Midwest and parent company of the Just BARE and Gold’n Plump brands, has recalled 55,608 pounds of chicken. Contrary to initial reports, only ONE of the products being recalled is sold in the grocery store meat case, the rest are bulk and custom items sold through foodservice and institutional outlets.
Safety is GNP Company’s number one core value and its first priority—for its people and its products. The company is working to collect all recalled products and remove them from commerce. Read more. >>
'Strut Your Duck' Recipe Contest for Home Cooks'Strut Your Duck' Recipe Contest for Home Cooks
June 16, 2016 - Maple Leaf Farms is calling for entries for the 2016 “Strut Your Duck” Recipe Contest. The contest challenges entrants to create an original recipe that features Maple Leaf Farms duck products along with a photo showing the final prepared dish with the product package. Contest entry opens July 1, and ends on Aug. 31. Read more. >>
Avian Flu - Ceva Reveals Plan to Develop New AI H7 Vaccine during Latest Summit in Mexico
June 16, 2016 - At the latest in a series of scientific summits, Ceva gathered experts from around the world to share the latest findings on the global threat posed by Avian Influenza (AI). In a paradigm shifting paper published in 2015 - Vaccination against avian influenza: what has changed and what needs to be changed? - Ceva warned that the nature of avian flu had changed and that further spread and new outbreaks were inevitable, unless there was a significant shift to vaccination with new technology vaccines. Read more. >>
Elanco Opens State-of-the-Art Vaccines Innovation Center
June 16, 2016 - Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company, has announced the opening of a state-of-the-art Vaccines Innovation Center whose intentional design will enable scientists to address some of animal health’s most pressing issues. Half of the 48,000 sq. foot space comprises an open concept collaboration environment intentionally designed to encourage scientific interaction. The remaining floor area houses an integrated laboratory space equipped with the very latest technology in the fields of immunology, molecular biology and microbiology. The Vaccines Innovation Center is the global centerpiece of the Elanco vaccines R&D model and one of its unique features is a self-contained master seed suite. Master seeds are the critical starting materials for any vaccine, and must be prepared with great stringency. Read more. >>
New PERDUE® Brand TV Commercial Campaign Highlights Innovative Steps Perdue and Farmers Take to Raise Healthy Chickens without Antibiotics
June 13, 2016 - The PERDUE® brand has launched new television commercials focusing on the role played by herbs in raising healthy chickens without relying on antibiotics. The commercials, airing nationally, star Perdue Chairman Jim Perdue, a Perdue flock specialist and a Perdue nutritionist, along with a sprig of thyme, a bunch of oregano and a few hundred chickens. The "It's not the easy way, it's the Perdue Way" campaign, which will also reach consumers online, highlights some of the extra, and sometimes surprising, efforts Perdue and farmers take to raise healthy chickens with no antibiotics ever. Read more. >>
Cargill’s Goal: Help Improve More than 1 Million People’s Lives by 2020
June 13, 2016 - Through a broad set of programs focused on the intersection of food security, sustainability and nutrition, Cargill is awarding more than $13 million in grants that will improve the lives of more than 1 million people in 15 countries around the world. Read more. >>
House of Raeford Farms Celebrates New State-of-the-Art Hatchery
June 13, 2016 - House of Raeford Farms celebrated the grand opening of its new, state-of-the-art chicken hatchery with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new 63,000-square-foot facility features advanced technology designed for optimum production efficiency, and is fully automated to allow for the highest levels of biosecurity, quality control and operational analytics. This level of control produces a very tight hatch window, and provides assurance of consistently healthy chicks. Read more. >>
Alltech Acquires Ranch-Way Feeds in Colorado
June 10, 2016 - Alltech, through Hubbard Feeds, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ridley USA Inc., has acquired Ranch-Way Feeds, a leading animal nutrition company that has done business in the Western United States for more than 60 years. Ranch-Way Feeds employs more than 50 people, producing over 50,000 tons of feed annually. The company markets its animal nutrition products and programs through an extensive dealer network in the Rocky Mountain region. Read more. >>
Sanderson Farms to Participate in Jefferies 2016 Consumer Conference
June 8, 2016 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced that management will participate in the Jefferies 2016 Consumer Conference, to be held June 21-22, in Nantucket, Mass. The investor presentation by Lampkin Butts, president and chief operating officer, and Mike Cockrell, treasurer and chief financial officer, will begin at approximately 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, June 21, and will be available to investors via a live audio webcast. A link to the broadcast can be found at the investor relations section of the Company's website, www.sandersonfarms.com, and a replay will be available for 30 days. Read more. >>
Pilgrim's Gains Approval for $24M Expansion Project at Mayfield Complex
June 6, 2016 - Pilgrim's Pride Corporation, a leading processor of fresh and value-added quality chicken products in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Mexico, announced it has received state approval for a $24 million expansion project at its Mayfield, Ky., poultry processing complex. The project, which will begin on Oct. 12, includes the removal or relocation of existing processing equipment and the installation of new equipment to enable the facility to transition from a fresh foodservice and debone operation to a debone portioning operation by July 2017. The transition will enable the facility to process larger birds and provide greater efficiency and service to key customers. Upon completion of the project, the plant will increase its live weight production by about 1 million pounds per week. It will also provide more than 155 additional jobs and will provide for construction of 75 additional chicken houses by local family farms. Read more. >>
Novus International: Celebrating the Silver Anniversary of Solutions, Service and Sustainability
June 6, 2016 - Novus International commemorates 25 years of business this month. The company, which originated as the Feed Ingredients division of Monsanto, started on its path of health through nutrition when Mitsui & Co. Ltd. and Nippon Soda Co., Ltd. acquired it in June 1991. A leading provider of health and nutrition solutions for livestock, pets and people, Novus employs more than 750 people globally. Since its inception in 1991, many things have changed but its vision, mission and core values have remained true. The vision to help feed the world affordable, wholesome food and achieve a higher quality of life drives everything that Novus does. Read more. >>
FDA Approves Chromium Propionate for Broilers
June 6, 2016 - Based on extensive research conducted by Kemin Industries, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine approved the use of chromium propionate as a source of chromium in broiler diets on Friday, June 3. Chromium propionate is the first trace mineral approved for broiler diets in more than 40 years. Kemin is the only company with FDA approval to sell a supplemental source of chromium to the U.S. broiler industry and markets the feed additive as KemTRACE® Chromium. Read more. >>
Marel Opens New Offices in Des Moines
June 2, 2016 - Executives from the corporate headquarters in Gardabaer, Iceland, joined their counterparts in the US at the ribbon cutting of Marel’s new office in Des Moines on May 24. Customers, local dignitaries and members of the media were on hand for the ceremonial ribbon cutting at the company’s new location by a demonstration of the company’s sausage technology on May 25. The new facility, which spans approximately 30,000 sq. ft. and employs approximately 90 people, replaces the company’s former Marel-Townsend campus in Des Moines, which was closed after the company announced plans to transfer the manufacturing operations there to its facility in Gainesville, Ga. Read more. >>
New Owners of GNP Chicken Investing up to $80 Million in Company
May 31, 2016 - A few years ago, GNP had more orders than it could fill. Now the new owner of the Upper Midwest’s leading chicken producer plans to invest up to $80 million to increase production capacity.
The Cold Spring plant — home of the Gold’n Plump brand, a staple in Minnesota supermarkets — is undergoing a major expansion, which includes new equipment that kills birds in a more humane way. GNP also has built a new hatchery in Sauk Rapids. Read more. >>
Sanderson Farms Reports Results for Second Quarter 2016
May 26, 2016 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. has reported results for its second fiscal quarter and six months ended Apr. 30. Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 were $692.1 million compared with $716.6 million for the same period a year ago. For the quarter, net income was $47.6 million, or $2.11 per share, compared with net income of $71.2 million, or $3.13 per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2015. Net sales for the first six months of fiscal 2016 were $1,297.3 million compared with $1,384.0 million for the same period of fiscal 2015. Net income for the first half of the year totaled $58.3 million, or $2.58 per share, compared with net income of $137.7 million, or $6.00 per share, for the first six months of last year. Read more. >>
Dow and DuPont Announce Senior Leadership Appointments for DowDuPont
May 24, 2016 - DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company announced senior leadership appointments for DowDuPont Inc. (“DowDuPont”), following the consummation of the proposed merger of equals. The appointments will be effective upon completion of the proposed merger transaction, which is expected to close in the second half of 2016, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including receipt of stockholder and regulatory approvals. Read more. >>
Cargill Protein Group to Remain in Wichita; City “Ideal” for HQ to Guide Company Growth
May 24, 2016 - Cargill’s protein business headquarters will remain in Wichita and relocate from 151 North Main Street to a new office building which will be built at a yet-to-be-determined site within the city limits. The company’s decision was made after a thorough analysis of numerous options, including several cities in states other than Kansas. The decision is dependent upon pending approval by the City of Wichita for an agreement between the two entities. The company’s move to a new office building is expected to take place by the end of 2018. Read more. >>
Kemin Global Expansion Continues in Belgium with New Quality Control Laboratories, Logistics Office and Warehouse
May 20, 2016 - Delivering on its global growth plans, Kemin opened a new state-of-the-art quality control lab and 14.600 square meters of warehouse and logistics office space at the Kemin campus in Herentals, Belgium. The opening ceremony provided the opportunity to tour the space, learn more about the added capabilities and why Kemin continues with its investments in Belgium and around the world. Read more. >>
Elanco Launches Alternative to Shared-Class Antibiotics in Poultry Industry
May 20, 2016 - Elanco Animal Health introduces InteprityTM, a first-in-class, animal-use only, in-feed antibiotic developed for the prevention of mortality caused by necrotic enteritis associated with Clostridium perfringens in broiler chickens. Under supervision of a veterinarian, Inteprity supports bird health and well-being, and demonstrates a responsible approach to antibiotic use. Read more. >>
Tyson’s Response to Oxfam Report
May 16, 2016 - We value our Team Members and treat them with respect. If they need a restroom break, we have extra people who can fill in for them. We do not tolerate the refusal of requests to use the restroom. We’re concerned about these anonymous claims and while we currently have no evidence they’re true, are checking to make sure our policies on restroom breaks are being followed and our Team Members’ needs are being met. Read more. >>
Pilgrim's Pride Corp. Expands Recall of Poultry Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
May 16, 2016 - Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a Waco, Texas establishment, is recalling an additional 376,380 pounds of fully cooked chicken products that may have been contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The scope of this recall expansion now includes a variety of chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous metal materials. The chicken products were produced on 07/11/2015, 09/15/2015 and 09/16/2015. This release is being reissued as the third expansion of the Apr. 7, recall to include additional products and production dates.
EDITORS NOTE: This release is being reissued as the third expansion of the Apr. 7, recall to include additional products and production dates. The first recall 027-2016 on Apr. 7, recalled 40,780 pounds of fully cooked chicken nugget products. The recall expansion on Apr. 26, recalled an additional 4,524,980 pounds of fully cooked chicken product. The second recall expansion on May 6, recalled an additional 608,764 pounds of product. The third recall expansion today recalls an additional 376,380 pounds of product. The combined number of recalled product from Apr. 7, to May 13, is 5,550,904 pounds. Read more. >>
JBS Announces Resturcture Plans
May 12, 2016 - Brazilian beef processor JBS SA has announced a restructure of its business that would see the formation of new company JBS International. Read more. >>
Marfrig 1Q16 Earnings Release
May 12, 2016 - Marfrig has announced its results for the first quarter of 2016. Except where stated otherwise, the following operating and financial information is presented in nominal Brazilian real, in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), and should be read together with the income statement and notes to the financial statements for the period ended Mar. 31, filed at the Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil (CVM). Read more. >>
Tyson Lifts Annual Guidance to $4.20-$4.30 as Record Second Quarter Adjusted Earnings Increase 43 Percent
May 9, 2016 - SECOND QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS: -Record second quarter operating income up 27 percent to $704 million compared to Q2 2015 adjusted results -Record second quarter total company operating margin of 7.7 percent *Record second quarter Chicken segment operating margin at 12.7 percent *Record second quarter Pork segment operating margin at 11.8 percent *Prepared Foods segment operating margin at 10.9 percent -Captured $144 million in total synergies; $67 million incremental synergies over Q2 2015 -Repurchased 6.9 million shares for $400 million, excluding shares repurchased to offset dilution from our equity compensation plan
“Our business continues to perform very well, delivering record second quarter operating income and return on sales, in what is typically the most challenging quarter of our fiscal year,” Donnie Smith, president and chief executive officer of Tyson Foods, said. Read more. >>
ADM's Mankato Plant Earns Governor's Safety Award
May 9, 2016 - Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) was recognized on May 5 for excellence in workplace safety and health at the Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minn. ADM is one of 309 employers that were honored through the awards program, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council. This is the first year the Mankato Processing facility earned the Award of Honor. Read more. >>
The SPAM Brand and Operation Gratitude to Hit the Road
April 20, 2016 - Hormel Foods Corp., the Austin, Minn.-based makers of SPAM, and organizers behind Operation Gratitude have partnered to bring their letter-writing campaign to 16 communities in support of a goal to send Operation Gratitude’s 2 millionth care package to members of the military in 2018. Care packages, including a letter, SPAM products and other items, will be sent to troops overseas, as well as veterans, first responders and new recruits. Read more. >>
AB Vista Video Sheds New Light on the Positive Effects of Complete Phytate Destruction on Animal Nutrition
April 15, 2016 - A new video from AB Vista reveals details about why complete phytate destruction in the digestive tract may lead to increased growth efficiency in swine and poultry. The video – the second in the new ‘Extraordinary Science Brought to Life’ series – explains what happens when phytic acid (IP6) is completely broken down by phytase superdosing. Read more. >>
US insect meal developer gets Darling Ingredients and Intrexon scale-up power behind it
April 14, 2016 - US biotech company, Intrexon, recently revealed it had acquired Ohio based black soldier fly (BSF) larvae meal producer, EnviroFlight, and that it would scale up its production through a joint venture with Darling Ingredients. Read more. >>
"Healthier flocks for healthy food" - Ceva Poultry Vaccinology Summit in Barcelona
April 13, 2016 - Phibro Animal Health Corporation (NASDAQ:PAHC) Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jack Bendheim and Chief Financial Officer Richard Johnson will address financial analysts and investors at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2016 Health Care Conference. Read more. >>
Tyson Foods donates $100,000 to Meals on Wheels Texoma
April 11, 2016 - A new kitchen is on the way for Meals on Wheels Texoma thanks to a generous donation from a local company.
The non-profit was presented with a $100,000 check from Tyson Foods, Inc. The donation will go towards building a new kitchen to make meals for those in need throughout Cooke, Grayson and Fannin counties. So far this year Tyson Foods has donated 60,000 pounds of protein, feeding thousands of families in need across Texoma. Read more. >>
Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. Recalls Poultry Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
April 7, 2016 - Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a Waco, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 40,780 pounds of fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with extraneous plastic materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The fully cooked chicken nugget products were produced on Oct. 5, 2015. The following products are subject to recall: •20-lb. cardboard boxes containing two, 10-lb. clear plastic bags of fully cooked chicken nuggets labeled as “GOLD KIST FARMS Fully Cooked Whole Grain Popcorn Style Chicken Patty Fritters.” Read more. >>
Cargill reports third-quarter fiscal 2016 earnings
April 7, 2016 - Cargill today reported financial results for the fiscal 2016 third quarter and first nine months ended Feb. 29, 2016. Key measures include: Adjusted operating earnings rose 13 percent to $476 million in the third quarter, compared with $421 million in the year-ago period. Nine-month adjusted operating earnings decreased 2 percent to $1.66 billion. Net earnings on a U.S. GAAP basis equaled $459 million in the third quarter and $2.36 billion in the first nine months. This compares with $425 million and $1.63 billion in the respective periods a year ago. The variance between adjusted and net earnings in the nine-month period included gains on the second-quarter sales of the U.S. pork business and Cargill’s interest in the North Star BlueScope Steel joint venture, and a charge related to a change in accounting treatment for Venezuela. Third-quarter revenues decreased 11 percent to $25.2 billion, reflecting lower commodity prices, the strength of the U.S. dollar against other currencies, and the sale of Cargill’s pork business in the second quarter. Revenues in the first nine months totaled $80 billion.
“With agriculture and energy markets as tough as we’ve seen in a long time, we’re pleased with the gain in earnings achieved this quarter,” said David MacLennan, Cargill’s chairman and chief executive officer. MacLennan said that prices and volatility in agricultural commodities remain low, as a series of big harvests have built global stocks. “Barring weather events, we don’t anticipate a near-term improvement in market conditions for agriculture. In these kinds of cycles, and we’ve been through them before, we focus on the levers under our control.” Read more. >>
Hy-Line International Names Flock Performance Database Manager
April 7, 2016 - Hy-Line International, the world leader in layer poultry genetics, announces the addition of Mr. Ken Kerr as international flock performance database manager. His responsibilities include entering, analyzing and reporting flock performance data from Hy-Line’s flocks and those of its customers worldwide. He is based out of Hy-Line’s corporate office in West Des Moines, Iowa, USA. Read more. >>
Elanco Establishes Memorial Scholarships
April 5, 2016 - Elanco Animal Health, in collaboration with the American Association of Avian Pathologists Foundation (AAAP), is pleased to announce the establishment of two scholarships available to students pursuing degrees in poultry science and veterinary medicine at an accredited college or university. The Elanco Memorial scholarships are intended to honor the memory of past Elanco poultry veterinarians and scientists by supporting learning opportunities for future generations. One undergraduate student will be awarded a $2000 scholarship, while a $3000 scholarship will be presented to a veterinary student interested in poultry medicine. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2016, and recipients will be notified by January 31, 2017. Read more. >>
Water Conservation Goal Announced with Third Segment of Tyson Foods Sustainability Report
March 31, 2016 - Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) officials today announced the expansion of the company’s ongoing water conservation efforts. Water is a key component of food production since it’s essential to keeping food safe for consumers. The announcement accompanies the release of the third installment of the company’s 2015 Sustainability Report, which includes information about its environmental stewardship. Read more. >>
Rabobank reduces balance sheet by selling part of mortgage portfolio
March 31, 2016 - Rabobank has sold a share of its mortgage portfolio worth EUR 1 billion to the insurance company VIVAT Verzekeringen (VIVAT). The total value of Rabobank’s residential mortgage portfolio is EUR 201.5 billion (per end-2015). Up to now residential mortgages granted by local Rabobanks were accounted for on Rabobank’s balance sheet. The fact that the bank is moving part of its mortgage portfolio off balance is related to a number of factors: additional regulations on capital requirements, the appetite of institutional investors, and Rabobank’s wish to continue providing mortgages and loans to customers. Read more. >>
Aviagen expands popular Best Practice series
March 30, 2016 - The Aviagen® Best Practice series of customer literature continues to expand since its release in August 2015. The series, available for the Arbor Acres®, Indian River® and Ross® brands, now covers breeder, broiler and hatchery topics. Read more. >>
Cal-Maine Foods Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2016 Results
March 28, 2016 - Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) today reported results for the third quarter and nine months ended February 27, 2016.
Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 were $449.8 million, a 2.8 percent increase compared to $437.6 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2015. The Company reported net income of $64.2 million, or $1.33 per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 compared to $50.9 million, or $1.06 per basic share and $1.05 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2015. Read more. >>
ADM Board of Directors Nominates Debra A. Sandler to Board
March 28, 2016 - Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced that its Board of Directors has nominated Debra A. Sandler to stand for election to the board at its upcoming Annual Stockholders’ Meeting on May 5, 2016. Sandler’s prior experience includes senior leadership positions at Mars, Inc., Johnson & Johnson, and PepsiCo. Most recently she served as Chief Health and Wellbeing Officer at Mars, after serving there as Chief Consumer Officer and President of Mars Chocolate North America. Sandler currently sits on the board of Gannett Co., Inc.
ADM also announced that Thomas F. O’Neill, who has served as an ADM director since 2004, has informed the board that he will not seek re-election at the Annual Stockholders’ Meeting. Read more. >>
Allen Harim Hires a New Business Development Manager
March 28, 2016 - Allen Harim, a leading producer and processor of chicken on Delmarva, has hired a new Business Development Manager. Michael Coleman will oversee the sales of Nature's Sensation®, the company's No Antibiotics Ever signature product line.
Coleman most recently served as director of sales and marketing at Wellshire Farms, an all-natural meat business located in Swedesboro, New Jersey. A graduate of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration focusing in Food Marketing, Coleman gained further experience with Brooks Provisions, Dietz & Watson, and Nestle USA while completing his education. Read more. >>
Hormel Foods Donates Products to Help Feed Flint Families in Crisis
March 24, 2016 - Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced it donated a semi-trailer of products to help Flint, Mich., families dealing with the unprecedented water and economic crisis.
The donation, which was organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), included food donations from some of America’s largest food manufacturers to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint. Combined, the donation totaled more than 125,000 pounds of food. Read more. >>
Tyson Releases Second Segment of Sustainability Report
March 24, 2016 - As part of its corporate social responsibility efforts, Tyson Foods’ charitable donations outlined in the second segment of their 2015 Sustainability Report include work in hunger relief, education, health and nutrition, environmental and sustainable agriculture, and community development.
During the company’s fiscal 2015 year, it donated over 9 million lbs. of food to provide disaster relief and address hunger in communities and organizations throughout the country. Tyson’s food donations since 2000 have exceeded 100 million lbs., and it has pledged to donate $50 million in cash and in-kind donations over the next five years with a focus on initiatives at the local level. Read more. >>
Cobb Achieves Approval for ‘Compartment’ Status in UK
March 24, 2016 - The UK farm and hatchery facilities which export Cobb broiler breeding stock globally have been granted ‘GB enhanced compartment’ status — the most stringent requirements for any such operation.
With the agreement of an importing country, the high standards of biosecurity within a compartment allow breeding stock to be supplied to customers when outbreaks of avian influenza or Newcastle disease in a particular country would normally restrict exports. Read more. >>
Hy-Line International Names Global Logistics Manager
March 23, 2016 - Hy-Line International, the world leader in layer poultry genetics, announces the additional of Ms. Renata Casadei as global logistics manager. Her responsibilities include coordinating logistics for Hy-Line International deliveries from the USA and Brazil production centers and assisting with the logistics for exports from the UK production center. She will be based out of Hy-Line’s production office in Dallas Center, Iowa, USA. Read more. >>
Neogen reports 12% Increase in Net Income
March 23, 2016 - Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) announced today that its net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2016, which ended Feb. 29, increased 12% to $8,311,000, when compared to the prior year’s $7,454,000. Earnings per share in the current quarter were $0.22, compared to $0.20 a year ago. Current year-to-date net income increased 11% over prior year to $26,707,000, or $0.71 per share, compared to $24,142,000, or $0.65 per share, for the same period a year ago. Read more. >>
Forbes Names Zoetis One of America's Best Employers
March 23, 2016 - Zoetis Inc., the global leader in animal health, today announced that it has been named one of America’s Best Midsize Employers in 2016 by Forbes Magazine. Zoetis is the only pharmaceutical company focused solely on animal health to make the list, and is ranked #81 out of 250 midsize companies. Read more. >>
Cargill, WRI Partner to Monitor and Manage Deforestation and
March 21, 2016 - Cargill and World Resources Institute (WRI) today announced a new 2-year partnership to work across value chains to better manage deforestation and water risk. This partnership brings WRI’s cutting-edge tools to the agriculture sector on a global scale. By working together, Cargill will leverage WRI’s world class maps, analytical tools and expertise, while WRI will benefit from Cargill’s global insights from working in food and agriculture in 70 countries around the world. Read more. >>
DSM Repurchase of Shares
March 18, 2016 - Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, has repurchased 161,667 of its own shares in the period from 11 March 2016 up to and including 17 March 2016 at an average price of €48.06. This is in accordance with the repurchase, covering existing option plans and stock dividend, announced on 22 February 2016. The consideration of this repurchase was €7.8 million. Read more. >>
"Healthier flocks for healthy food" - Ceva Poultry Vaccinology Summit in Barcelona
March 16, 2016 - For over eighty years antibiotics have protected both the health of animals and humans. Protecting their future, through more targeted use has become one of the most pressing issues for Governments, Health Authorities, veterinarians and poultry producers. “Antibiotic free” poultry production brings with it many challenges and potential welfare issues. As consumers demand healthier food, can this be delivered, whilst ensuring that birds that fall sick are properly treated?
Poultry producers currently face many challenges to adjust their production systems. One of the most critical of the required changes is achieving better management of individual bird and flock health status. Since the emergence of the first very virulent respiratory diseases in poultry in the late 1950’s, the global industry has fought a constant battle to protect flocks against disease through biosecurity and vaccination programmes. Read more. >>
Tyson to Reveal Animal-Welfare Effort
March 16, 2016 - Tyson Foods Inc. will release the first section of a five-part sustainability report beginning today—starting with a look at its animal-welfare efforts. Additional portions the report, which will be released weekly, will center on corporate giving, environmental stewardship, product development and workforce. Read more. >>
Webinar: Avian Influenza in Feed – Fact or Fiction?
March 11, 2016 - Dr. Rick Phillips (President & CEO), Dr. Kurt Richardson (Chief Science Officer) and Dr. Gino Lorenzoni (Global Technical Director) will present the latest data on avian influenza in feed. Read more. >>
Developing cutting-edge research: Alltech Crop Science and Rothamsted Research announce strategic alliance
March 10, 2016 - Alltech Crop Science, a division of Alltech, is partnering with Rothamsted Research for a strategic alliance in the field of agricultural research. One of the oldest agricultural research institutes in the world, Rothamsted has provided cutting-edge science and innovation for more than 170 years. This strategic alliance will facilitate industry-relevant research into sustainable arable and livestock systems with the critical value of improving homegrown feed. The alliance will develop leading research opportunities to investigate on-farm applications to improve soil, crop, feed and livestock health. Read more. >>
Tyson Adds Scannable Smart Labels to Chicken Products in China
March 9, 2016 - Imagine picking up a pack of chicken drumsticks at the supermarket and scanning it with your iPhone to see exactly where the bird was slaughtered and when the meat arrived in the store cooler. For Chinese shoppers, chastened by years of food-safety scares, that’s now a reality.
Tyson Foods Inc. has added to some of its chicken products a quick-response code that can be scanned with a smartphone. The U.S. company, which supplies one of every five pounds of meat eaten at home, has international ambitions and in China that means trying to entice consumers for whom the provenance of their food matters a great deal. Read more. >>
Sanderson Farms, Inc. Recognized by 2020 Women on Boards
March 8, 2016 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. has been recognized as 2020 Women on Boards Winning “W” Company for the fifth year in a row. Since 2011, when the organization began tracking board diversity, Sanderson Farms has been recognized consecutively for the significant number of women who sit on its board.
Women currently make up 31% of those who have a seat on the Sanderson Farms, Inc. Board. “We are honored to be acknowledged by such a principled organization,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms. “We have so many intelligent, hardworking women in impactful positions at Sanderson Farms. Our success would not be possible without their significant contributions.” Read more. >>
Pilgrim’s Pride Chattanooga Wins Cobb-Vantress Regional Performance Award
March 7, 2016 - For the second time Pilgrims Chattanooga has won the regional performance award for the South in the annual Cobb-Vantress Sold Flock Breeder Survey.
This survey, begun in 1994, has developed into one of the most viable measures of Cobb breeder performance and last year included data from 2,416 Cobb500 flocks totaling 43,274,567 pullets capitalized at 25 weeks, said officials. Read more. >>
DSM launches new Egg Yolk Pigmentation Guidelines and YolkFan™
March 2, 2016 - DSM has announced the launch of its new Egg Yolk Pigmentation Guidelines and the addition of a new color to YolkFan™. YolkFan provides a simple means of measuring yolk color and the addition of a new shade will help producers to cover the demand for highly pigmented yolks in markets like Japan and the Middle East.
YolkFan has been developed from the DSM Yolk Color Fan; recreating the original 15 colors with the addition of a deeper 16th shade. YolkFan is an inexpensive and easy tool to use when testing the color of a yolk and the new shade reflects the tendency towards a deeper yolk color in several markets. Leading digital egg testers now use YolkFan as their calibration standard.
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Marel announces changes in Executive Team, organizational structure, and corporate identity
March 2, 2016 - Today, Marel announces changes in its Executive Team, organizational structure, and corporate identity. The changes will simplify and clarify the market approach and position Marel for future growth and success.
Marel is the leading global provider of advanced processing systems and services to the poultry, meat and fish industries. Marel management is redefining how it views and manages the business and serves the customer needs and will from now on report sales and operational results in poultry, meat and fish industries. Further Processing will operate as a business unit within Marel that works across all aforementioned industries. Marel Poultry, Marel Meat and Marel Fish will focus on standard solutions as well as full line offering throughout the process from primary, secondary, and further processing. Read more. >>
Alltech announces Young Scientist 2016 regional winners and finalists
March 2, 2016 - Eight regional winners will move to the next level in the 11th annual Alltech Young Scientist program, the largest global university contest of its kind that rewards scientific genius and experimental application in agriscience.
A panel of leading scientists selected four undergraduate and four graduate winners for the 2016 competition. Students were challenged to submit research studies that demonstrated a keen awareness of science and its applications for improving the future of the world. Read more. >>
Darling Ingredients Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter And Fiscal 2015 Financial Results
March 1, 2016 - Darling Ingredients Inc., a global leader in converting edible and inedible bio-nutrient streams into a wide range of ingredients and specialty products for customers in the pharmaceutical, food, pet food, feed, technical, fuel, bioenergy, and fertilizer industries, today announced financial results for the fiscal 2015 fourth quarter and year ended January 2, 2016. Read more. >>
Cargill Honored with a 2015 U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence
March 1, 2016 - Cargill was today awarded a 2015 U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) which recognizes American companies that make an important contribution to the growth and sustainable development of the local economies in which they work. The company was one of three finalists in the human rights and labor rights category.
Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken presented the award to Cargill Chairman and CEO Dave MacLennan who accepted it on behalf of Cargill, the company’s 1,600 employees in Vietnam and the one million farmers and community members it partners with in the country. Read more. >>
Fieldale Farms Wins Top US Cobb Flock Award for 2015
February 26, 2016 - Top award in the Cobb500 US Breeder Sold Flock Survey for 2015 has gone to Fieldale Farms, located in Baldwin, Georgia, achieving an average of 178.05 total eggs per hen housed.
Since it began in 1994, the Cobb500 Breeder Sold Flock Survey has steadily grown with the 2015 survey summarizing the performance of more than 2400 flocks representing 43 million pullets capitalized at 25 weeks of age. The survey covers hatching and total eggs, hen livability, feed consumption, hatchability and chicks/hen, and also provides six regional awards. Read more. >>
Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. to Participate in UBS Global Consumer Conference
February 25, 2016 - Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. today announced that management will participate in the UBS Global Consumer Conference to be held March 9-10, 2016, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Read more. >>
Sanderson Farms, Inc. Reports Results for First Quarter of Fiscal 2016
February 25, 2016 - Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 were $605.2 million compared with $667.4 million for the same period a year ago. The Company reported net income of $10.7 million, or $0.47 per share, for the quarter compared with net income of $66.5 million, or $2.87 per share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2015.
"Our results for the first quarter reflect significantly weaker market prices for products sold from our big bird deboning plants compared with last year’s first quarter,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Sanderson Farms, Inc. “Poultry market prices for our tray pack products sold to retail grocery store customers were only slightly lower when compared with the same period a year ago, and we also experienced lower grain costs. As a result, margins on tray pack products remained strong. On the other hand, the food service market is over supplied, primarily as a result of continued weak export demand. Poultry products that would normally be directed for sale in the export markets are instead being sold in the domestic food service market. While conditions improved in January, headwinds remain in the export market even though most avian-influenza related bans on United States poultry products have been lifted. Currency issues, political issues and weak oil prices remain." Read more. >>
Aviagen promotes Marla Robinson to Global Marketing Director
February 24, 2016 - Aviagen®, the world’s leading poultry breeding company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Marla Robinson, Aviagen’s current marketing manager for North America, to the position of global marketing director. Effective immediately, Robinson will report directly to Jan Henriksen, CEO of Aviagen Broiler Breeders, for global marketing initiatives. Read more. >>
JBT Corporation Reports Record Revenue, EPS and Orders in 2015; Forecasts Another Strong Performance in 2016
February 23, 2016 - JBT Corporation, a leading global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food & beverage industry, today reported results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2015.
Revenue for 2015 was $1.1 billion, an increase of 12.5 percent from 2014. On a constant currency basis, revenue increased 20.1 percent year over year, including organic revenue growth of 11.2 percent. Segment operating profit increased 20.4 percent, or 31.0 percent on a constant currency basis. Segment operating profit margin increased 73 basis points to 11.2 percent for 2015. Corporate expense for the year was $34.6 million compared to $37.5 million in 2014. Corporate expense in 2014 included management succession and consulting costs of $8.8 million.
Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations was $1.88 for 2015 versus $1.03 in 2014. Excluding restructuring charges of $14.5 million and the aforementioned management succession and consulting costs, adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations was $1.56 in 2014. Read more. >>
DuPont, Dow Announce Site Structure of Intended Independent Agriculture Company
February 22, 2016 - DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company announced the U.S. site structure for the global agriculture leader the companies intend to create following the planned separation of DowDuPont into three independent, publicly traded companies.
The corporate headquarters for the agriculture company will be located in Wilmington, Del., and will include the office of the CEO and key corporate support functions. Sites in Johnston, Iowa and Indianapolis, Ind., will serve as global business centers, with leadership of business lines, business support functions, R&D, global supply chain, and sales and marketing capabilities concentrated in the two Midwest locations. In addition, the independent agriculture company will feature DuPont in the company’s name, following completion of the corporate naming and branding process. Read more. >>
Allen Harim chicken now all 100 percent vegetarian-fed; Signature Nature's Sensation® Brand no antibiotics ever
February 22, 2016 - Allen Harim, a leading producer and processor of chicken, is one of the first companies in the nation that has moved to a 100 percent vegetarian feed for its chickens, to meet rising consumer demand for quality, fresh and healthy poultry products.
The company is also one of the first to announce that its signature Nature's Sensation® brand is raised with no antibiotics ever. A new logo and packaging that highlights these changes were unveiled recently in markets across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Read more. >>
Pilgrim's Pride Will Spend $35 Million on Nashville, Ark., Poultry Feed Mill
February 19, 2016 - Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation has announced plans for a $35 million investment at its Nashville, Ark., facility. The company revealed the project as part of its 2016 capital investment plans for work valued at $190 million. In Nashville, the company will acquire property and construct a new feed mill to lower feed costs, enhance feed conversion and improve live poultry performance. Read more. >>
JBT Corporation Acquires X-ray Food Inspection Company
February 18, 2016 - JBT Corporation, a leading global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food & beverage industry, has announced it has purchased certain assets of Novus X-Ray LLC, a provider of advanced X-ray food inspection systems. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Read more. >>
Cargill Exits Crop Input Business in Central and Eastern Europe to Focus on Origination
February 17, 2016 - Following a comprehensive review of its grain and oilseeds businesses in Central and Eastern Europe, Cargill is to stop providing crop inputs to farmers and to fully exit from these activities by the end of May 2016. This change will affect Cargill’s businesses in Hungary, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Poland. Going forward, the company will refocus its attention on its grain and oilseeds origination, merchandizing and trading activities in these markets. Read more. >>
Cobb Celebrates 100 Years
February 12, 2016 - The story of Cobb begins with Robert C. Cobb senior who set his sights on farming after graduating in 1916. His real obsession was chickens and his existing activities were only the base for poultry breeding to begin. Jerry Moye, the current president of Cobb-Vantress, took the time to speak to World Poultry. Read more. >>
Elanco Steps up Their Support for Indiana FFA Read to Feed Project
February 12, 2016 - Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company, stepped up their efforts to end world hunger by pledging to match money raised from the Indiana FFA Read to Feed project, up to $20,000. The project officially kicks-off on Feb. 22 and runs through April 15. Read more. >>
Tyson Foods CEO Gets Wall Street Fan Mail after Turnaround
February 10, 2016 - Tyson Foods Inc.’s Donnie Smith is getting the kind of notices from Wall Street that most CEOs dream about as a strategic overhaul at the largest U.S. meat producer begins to pay off. Tyson shares gained 5.4 percent Monday, the second-biggest advance in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. That follows a rally on Friday, when the company raised its full-year profit forecast after better-than-expected earnings for the final three months of 2015. Read more. >>
Phibro Animal Health Corporation Reports Second Quarter
February 10, 2016 - Phibro Animal Health Corporation announced its financial results for its second quarter ended Dec. 31, 2015. Highlights for the December 2015 quarter (compared to the December 2014 quarter) are as follows.
- Net sales of $192 million, an increase of 2 percent - Adjusted EBITDA of $28.4 million, an increase of 14 percent - Adjusted diluted EPS of $0.39, an increase of 11 percent Read more. >>
Hitachi to Execute Absorption-Type Company Split Agreement Relating to Reorganization of Power Distribution and Control Product Business and Air Compressor Business
February 8, 2016 - Hitachi, Ltd. announced that Hitachi and Hitachi Power Solutions Co., Ltd. would transfer Hitachi’s power distribution and control product business for industrial fields and large capacity air compressor business, and Hitachi Power’s power distribution and control product business, respectively, to Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co., Ltd. through company splits on April 1, in order to strengthen and expand the industrial product business. Read more. >>
Baldor / ABB Increased Profitability in Challenging Markets
February 4, 2016 - Orders were steady for the year (down 12 percent in US dollars). Large orders (above $15 million) grew 10 percent (down 5 percent in US dollars) and offset a base order decline of 3 percent (14 percent in US dollars). The order backlog at the end of December 2015 amounted to $24.1 billion, an increase of 5 percent (down 3 percent in US dollars) compared with the end of 2014. The book-to-bill ratio remained steady at 1.03x.
Revenues were steady (down 11percent in US dollars) compared with 2014 as revenue growth in Power Systems and Power Products offset the decline in Discrete Automation and Motion and Process Automation. Service revenues grew 6 percent (down 8 in US dollars) and grew 1 percentage point as a percent of total group revenues (adjusted for divestitures; 0.5 percent prior to adjustment). Read more. >>
Wayne Farms Announces Layoffs in Mississippi
February 4, 2016 - A poultry company based in Georgia says its Laurel, Miss., plant will close its deboning lines and lay off about 500 workers by the end of June. Officials with Wayne Farms say one customer has contracted for the entire plant’s output but wants only whole birds. Read more. >>
ADM Reports Fourth Quarter Adjusted Earnings of $0.61 per Share
February 2, 2016 - Archer Daniels Midland Company reported financial results for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2015. The company reported adjusted earnings per share1 of $0.61, down from $1.00 in the same period last year. Adjusted segment operating profit was $599 million, down 47 percent from $1,128 million in the year-ago period. Net earnings for the quarter were $718 million, or $1.19 per share, and segment operating profit was $900 million. Global dynamics reduced margins across the U.S. agricultural export sector, the U.S. ethanol industry and in the soybean crushing industry worldwide. Read more. >>
Marel Closes Acquisition of MPS
February 1, 2016 - Marel announces that it has closed its acquisition of MPS meat processing systems (MPS). The closing of the acquisition was subject to anti-trust approvals that have now been obtained without reservation. As a result, all the conditions for the acquisition have been satisfied and the transaction has been closed as of Jan. 29. Read more. >>
Essential Oils Key to Cargill’s Comprehensive Approach to Reducing Antibiotics in Poultry
January 29, 2016 - Cargill researchers are focusing on improving gut health in poultry to promote feed efficiency and keep birds healthy. Cargill has been researching the use of non-medicated feed additives for several years as an alternative to antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs). As an independent supplier, Cargill has performed cross-additive research and determined the most beneficial types of feed additives for individual customer needs. For consistent performance improvement, essential oils turned out to be a key solution because they impact all four key gut function areas. Read more. >>
Sanderson Farms Championship Donation to Friends of Children’s Hospital Sets Record
January 27, 2016 - The Sanderson Farms Championship, Mississippi’s only PGA TOUR event, once again came through for Mississippi’s only children’s hospital, raising a record $1.109 million dollars from the 2015 tournament, despite heavy rains and adverse conditions. At a press conference, tournament host Century Club Charities presented a check for the proceeds to Friends of Children’s Hospital, the private fundraising organization dedicated to supporting Batson Children’s Hospital.
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Vepymo and Hendrix Genetics are companies built from the strength of the family unit
January 25, 2016 - “We are very happy about this step,” says Hans Pyfferoen, Manager of Vepymo. “There is now 100% clarity among our buyers and our staff that Vepymo is, and will continue to be, an important link between the breeding farms and the poultry farmers in North West Europe.” “Vepymo is a leading player in the European network of hatcheries and is responsible for the distribution of the Isa, Bovans and Dekalb brands,” says Servé Hermans, Director of the Layers Business Unit of Hendrix Genetics. “Our collaboration has always been excellent and this strategic cooperation will only improve this,” he added. Read more. >>
Sanderson Farms, Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend
January 21, 2016 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 (twenty-two cents) per share payable February 16, 2016, to stockholders of record on February 2, 2016.
Sanderson Farms, Inc. is engaged in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of fresh and frozen chicken and other prepared food items. Its shares trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol SAFM. Read more. >>
Evonik included in the RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook for the first time
January 20, 2016 - The sustainability rating agency RobecoSAM has included Evonik Industries AG in its prestigious yearbook of economic, social and ecological performance as a Sustainability Leader with the distinction "Silver Class". This was the first time Evonik participated in the RobecoSAM assessment. Read more. >>
Cobb-Vantress, Inc. to Construct $22 Million Feed Mill in South Carolina
January 19, 2016 - Vantress, Inc., a leading poultry research and development firm and subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc., will begin construction on a new feed mill in Laurens County, South Carolina early in 2016, with completion planned towards the middle of 2017.
The $22 million investment is expected to create about 12 new jobs in Joanna, South Carolina. Read more. >>
Tyson Foods Recognizes Community Hero's Fight Against Hunger
January 15, 2016 - Tyson Foods and the City of Austin today publicly recognized local resident Lola Stephens-Bell and her extraordinary efforts fighting hunger in the community. Stephens-Bell is the first individual honored as part of the company’s pledge to invest $50 million in cash and in-kind donations over the next five years to fight hunger, with a special focus on local initiatives. Read more. >>
Allen Harim Grower Receives Environmental Stewardship Award
January 13, 2016 - Allen Harim Grower Wins Delaware Environmental Stewardship Award Honored during Delaware Ag Week for efforts to reduce runoff and improve water quality
Harrington, Del. - A poultry grower for Allen Harim, a leading producer and processor of chicken on Delmarva, was honored with the distinguished Delaware Environmental Stewardship Award this week for his efforts to improve water quality and reduce nutrient runoff on his 150-acre farm near Marydel. Read more. >>
Novus Celebrates 25th Anniversary at IPPE 2016
January 13, 2016 - Novus International, Inc. is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016. Several events at the 2016 International Production and Processing Exposition (IPPE) will commemorate this momentous occasion. This anniversary celebrates Novus’s longevity of commitment to delivering innovative products which support animal nutrition and performance. It also reflects Novus’s leadership position in the market and highlights the company’s dedication to sustainable solutions that improve animal welfare while minimizing environmental impact. Read more. >>
Alltech acquires Masterfeeds, Canada’s leading animal nutrition company
January 11, 2016 - Alltech has acquired 100 percent of the outstanding shares of Masterfeeds, Inc., in a share purchase agreement with Ag Processing Inc (AGP). Masterfeeds, a leading commercial animal nutrition company in Canada, is now part of the Alltech family of companies, which includes 12 other companies that Alltech has acquired globally since 2011. Read more. >>
Hormel Foods Named One Of The Best Companies For Leaders For Third Consecutive Year
January 8, 2016 - Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced that it was named to the 2016 Best Companies for Leaders list by Chief Executive magazine for the third consecutive year, coming in at No. 20.
Chief Executive compiles the list each year to identify companies that excel in leadership development. Rankings are affected by a company’s reputation among its peers as a source for well-rounded talent. The percentage of senior management recruited from internal talent pools is another criterion. Read more. >>
Prestage Eyes Expansion
January 7, 2016 - Pork and poultry production leader Prestage Farms is seeking to expand its renewable energy division in Sampson County, but said the location of that $10 million investment was contingent on local incentives -- local officials approved offering those this week.
Prestage AgEnergy, a division of Prestage Farms dedicated to making animal production sustainable economically and environmentally, has begun construction on a new poultry litter-fueled power plant that will be located at the Moltonville feed mill off Moltonville Road near N.C. 24. The new power plant will bring with it a taxable investment of $18 million, while creating 15 full-time jobs at an average $60,000 salary. Read more. >>
Hitachi America, Ltd. Announces Establishment of the Subsidiary in Irvine, CA
January 7, 2016 - Hitachi America, Ltd. (HAL) today announced that, as of January 15th, 2016, it is acquiring Label House (Legal Name: L.A. Supply Corporation) to form a new subsidiary. The subsidiary will operate as Label House (LH). To establish the subsidiary, HAL and Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co., Ltd. (HIES) have agreed to purchase the stock of LH, a leading provider of marking, and labeling products and services in for the West Coast region. Read more. >>
Aviagen Turkeys acquiring France’s Le Sayec
January 6, 2016 - Aviagen Turkeys has announced the company is acquiring Le Sayec, a family owned business responsible for the selling of commercial turkey eggs and poults within France. Le Sayec also exports throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Read more. >>
Anitox Announces New Data to Help Protect AI Threatened Turkey and Layer Producers
January 6, 2016 - As the number of confirmed Avian Influenza incidents in Europe rises and the United States poultry industry watches closely for signs of outbreak, pathogen control specialist Anitox has confirmed recent independent trial results show Termin-8® rapidly controls Avian Influenza (AI) virus in feed.
Independent research will be presented by Dr. Haroldo Toro of Auburn University at International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), supporting Termin-8 treatment as a method for preventing AI contamination in feed and potentially offering poultry producers an additional tool in the battle against AI. Read more. >>
Robbert Birkhoff Export manager of the year
January 5, 2016 - Robbert Birkhoff has been named the winner of the Export manager Award by 2015. During the final he surpassed Hermann Eastman of Resato International and Erik Kakes from Applikon Biotechnology. These three companies were nominated because they have shown a substantial export growth and they are examples of international entrepreneurship. Read more. >>
Ross Celebrates 60 Years of Success
January 4, 2016 - Ross® has hit a number of major milestones as it celebrates 60 years of success in poultry genetics. Since Chunky Chicks Limited opened their doors in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1956, Ross has been on a journey of global expansion and is now present in over 100 countries across six continents. As the scale and importance of international poultry breeding has grown, Ross has responded to the market with its diversified product portfolio and continuous genetic improvement within the Aviagen® breeding program. Read more. >>
Huvepharma® to Acquire Products and Related Manufacturing Sites from Zoetis
December 30, 2015 - Huvepharma®, announced that it has agreed to acquire certain assets from Zoetis, LLC, which include products and two owned and one leased US manufacturing sites. The assets associated with this deal involve an international portfolio of medicated feed additives, including Albac® (excluding the USA market) and Bio-Cox® / Salinomax® as well as Inovocox®EM1, a leading coccidiosis vaccine for broilers. Along with these products, Huvepharma will acquire and assume manufacturing sites in the US located in Laurinburg, N.C. and Van Buren, Ark. Other assets included in the acquisition are major brands of water soluble veterinary products; R-Pen®, Oxytet®, Sul-Q-Nox, CTC, Lincomycin, Poultry Sulfa and Neo-Sol® including the formulation facility located in Longmont, Colorado. Additional pharmaceuticals assets were also acquired that are predominately sold in Europe and include Lincocin Forte®, Stockade®, Bacivet®, Combiotic® and Quadrisol®. Employees at the three manufacturing sites will transfer to Huvepharma. Read more. >>
Cargill Expands Feed Formulation Expertise Through Acquisition of Format International Ltd.
December 23, 2015 - Driven by opportunities in the global feed software market to provide customers with integrated formulation software and solutions on a larger scale, Cargill has acquired Format International Ltd., a leading global feed formulation software company with more than 30 years of experience and more than 5,000 users across 93 countries. Format International specializes in the design, authoring and marketing of recipe optimization, ingredient allocation and food and feed formulation solutions for the animal feed, aqua feed, pet food, human food, premix and other industries. Click here for full article Read more. >>
Ozark Mountain Poultry Achieves American Humane Association Certification
December 21, 2015 - American Humane Association, the country's first national humane organization and creator of the first and largest third-party farm animal welfare certification program, announced today that Arkansas-based producer Ozark Mountain Poultry has met its rigorous farm animal welfare standards and achieved certification through the American Humane Certified™ program. Ozark Mountain Poultry currently produces approximately 4 million pounds of poultry products a week for its consumer brand Forester Farmer's Market® and the restaurant industry. Read more. >>
Grand Opening for New Cobb Production Complex in China
December 18, 2015 - The new Cobb-Vantress production complex at Suizhou in Hubei province, west of Shanghai, developed to supply the growing Chinese market was officially opened at a two-day event for more than 40 guests from the country’s poultry industry.
The Cobb China Grand Opening began with inaugural presentations and a celebratory dinner in the Westin Hotel, Wuhan, and was followed the next day by a tour of the farm and hatchery facilities developed at a cost of $35 million to meet the initial target of supplying five million Cobb500 parents a year. Read more. >>
Novus International, Inc. Revises Bulk Delivery SOPs to Improve Biosecurity
December 16, 2015 - After the news of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) broke earlier this year, producers throughout the United States altered and heightened their on-farm biosecurity measures to prevent outbreaks. HPAI can cause high mortality in commercial poultry flocks and can be transmitted in various ways, often through direct contact between a healthy bird and an infected bird or its secretions and fecal material. It can also be transmitted by humans and equipment that have been in contact with infected material. Read more. >>
Miller Poultry Donates More than 7,000 Tons of Chicken Meat to Community Church Services in Elkhart
December 9, 2015 - More than 7,000 pounds of frozen chicken meat were donated to Church Community Services (CCS) in Elkhart Tuesday, courtesy of a northeastern Indiana poultry company. Miller Poultry, based in Steuben County, donated chicken sausage and whole chicken meat to CCS and two other area food banks, a total of 16,000 pounds of chicken meat, said Sean Smith, director of special projects for the company. Read more. >>
Keystone Foods Names Devin Cole President of Keystone U.S., Accelerates Growth Plan
December 7, 2015 - Keystone Foods announced today that Devin Cole has joined its executive leadership team as President of Keystone U.S., overseeing all North American business for the company. Cole is a food industry veteran with 20 years' experience leading successful sales, marketing and innovation teams and will report directly to Keystone Foods' President & CEO Frank Ravndal. Read more. >>
Alltech’s 2015 Harvest Analysis Confirms Swine and Poultry Feed at Risk for Mycotoxins
December 3, 2015 - A wet spring and a late dry season took its toll on the 2015 North America crop, producing irregularities in plant growth and now putting poultry and swine at risk for mycotoxin exposure, according to Alltech’s North America Harvest Analysis. The annual study surveyed 100 North American corn samples from across the United States and Canada from September to November 2015, testing for mycotoxin contamination to determine the risk posed to monogastrics. The Alltech 37+® mycotoxin analysis found an average 3.1 mycotoxins per sample that ranged from lower to higher risk for both swine and poultry. Ninety-seven percent of samples tested positive for at least one mycotoxin. Read more. >>
Merck Animal Health Launches High Quality Congress Website
December 1, 2015 - Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the USA and Canada) has announced the launch of its High Quality Congress website to support producers of aquaculture, poultry and swine. Since 2012, Merck Animal Health’s High Quality Congresses have served the industry by bringing together a wide range of experts to discuss the latest advances in production and management across these species to ensure the success of producers by improving health, productivity and well-being of their animals. Read more. >>
Rose Acre Farms Reports Progress
November 23, 2015 - Rose Acre Farms is making progress on their egg-producing facility south of Bouse. They are currently engaged in preparing the site, including drilling wells.
W.N. “Chips” Everhart, the company’s new projects coordinator, said they are still 12 to 14 months away from having the first eggs laid there. However, he said there will be many construction jobs as the facility is being built, and other positions will need to be filled before the facility goes into full operation. Read more. >>
Hormel Agrees to Buy Organic and Natural Meat Maker Applegate Farms
November 23, 2015 - Hormel Foods has agreed to buy Applegate Farms, a leading organic and natural meat maker, for $775 million, its largest acquisition and a big play in the hot organic food market. The buyout of Bridgefield, N.J.-based Applegate is also the latest of three major deals for Hormel over the past two years, as the packaged food company, based about 100 miles south of Minneapolis in Austin, Minn., looks to diversify. Read more. >>
Pure Breed and Aviagen Mark 15 Years of Cooperation
November 20, 2015 - In the 15th year of Aviagen® and Pure Breed’s strategic relationship, Aviagen CEO Jan Henriksen heard first-hand from its key distributor on its exciting new expansion plans while visiting the company in Saudi Arabia recently. A delegation of Aviagen senior representatives joined Jan as they met the chairman of Pure Breed, Hosam Al Yousof, and his team. Read more. >>
Marel Gainesville Wins Industry of the Year
November 20, 2015 - The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Industry of the Year Awards were presented at the 7th Annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon recently. The awards honor area existing industry leaders based on economic impact, workforce excellence and corporate responsibility. Marel Gainesville was honored with the 2015 Industry of the Year award, the top honor in the large industry (201+ employees) category.
The Chamber’s Vice President Existing Industry Shelley Davis congratulated the company on the achievement, “Congratulations!!! You are the INDUSTRY-OF-THE-YEAR. Your award came with some high competition in economic impact, corporate responsibility and workforce excellence and it is well-deserved.” Read more. >>
DuPont Named 2015 Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovator
November 16, 2015 - Thomson Reuters has named DuPont a 2015 Top Global Innovator, marking the fifth consecutive year the company has been named to the prestigious list. The program honors corporations and institutions around the world that are at the heart of innovation – creating new technologies and bringing them to life through commercialization. Read more. >>
Phibro Animal Health Corporation Reports First Quarter
November 10, 2015 - Phibro Animal Health Corporation announced its financial results for its first quarter ended Sept. 30. Highlights for the September 2015 quarter (compared to the September 2014 quarter, excluding the prior year milestone payments for licensing of vaccine delivery technology) include:
- Net sales of $187 million, an increase of 3 percent - Adjusted EBITDA of $27.7 million, an increase of 13 percent - Adjusted diluted EPS of $0.44 compared with $0.36 Read more. >>
JBT Corporation and The Baader Group Sign Cooperation Agreement
November 10, 2015 - JBT Corporation and Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH + Co. KG ('The Baader Group') both leading global technology solutions providers to the food processing industries, announced a cooperation agreement. The technology sharing agreement between JBT and The Baader Group will create new offerings for fish and poultry processors, combining JBT's waterjet technology with The Baader Group's poultry processing, fish processing and X-ray technology.
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Allen Harim Begins Work on Harbeson Solar Farm
November 10, 2015 - Allen Harim Foods broke ground on a solar farm planned for construction near its Harbeson poultry processing plant. The 1.57-megawatt photovoltaic solar panel array is expected to supply about 11 percent of the energy used by the plant. Read more. >>
Chore-Time Holds Ribbon Cutting for 45,000-Square-Foot Plant Expansion
November 2, 2015 - On Friday, Oct. 30, Chore-Time celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of its $7.1 million building expansion. Milford and county officials who helped cut the ribbon included Milford Town Council members Bob Cockburn and Doug Ruch, along with George Robertson from Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation, Bob Jackson, County Commissioner and Alyssa Lowe from the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce. Also participating in the ribbon cutting were Dan Robinson, Brent Robinson and Dan Reynolds from Robinson Construction, company personnel from Chore-Time and CTB, and local media. Read more. >>
Allen Harim to Use Former Pickle Plant for Warehouse/Storage, Not Poultry Processing
November 2, 2015 - Allen Harim announced it no longer plans to pursue plans to convert the former Vlasic pickle plant into live chicken processing, but will continue to use a portion of the facility for warehouse and storage. In a release issued Oct. 30, the company announced its plans to continue to use its Millsboro facility as a warehouse and storage location, and will not pursue plans for processing live chickens at the former Pinnacle Foods’ Vlasic pickle production site. Read more. >>
Pilgrim’s Looks Beyond Fresh Chicken
November 2, 2015 - In a period of low cut-out values, export restrictions and low prices, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. is looking beyond fresh chicken to diversify its product portfolio and improve operations. The company plans to focus most of its capital expenditures on growing its prepared foods business, said Pilgrim’s CEO Bill Lovette during a conference call with analysts. Pilgrim’s also sees the potential for export markets to reopen to US poultry exports. Read more. >>
Dosatron International – Finalist for the 2015 Manufacturer/Distributor of the Year Award
November 2, 2015 - Dosatron International, Inc. is excited to announce that they are a Finalist for the 2015 Manufacturer/Distributor of the Year Award. The Manufacturers Association of Florida (MAF) was organized in 2006 to improve Florida’s manufacturing business climate and speaks with one voice on behalf of 19,159 manufacturers. MAF’s unique makeup brings manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, regional associations and others with similar goals together to solve the challenges manufacturers face.
For the past 12 years, MAF has held its Summit & Marketplace event. This year’s theme is Connecting the Dots and it is the first year that distributors will be recognized.
“We are so excited that Dosatron is a finalist in MAF’s Distributor of the Year Competition,” explains Pam Temko, Dosatron’s CEO. “Judging for the award was based on six criteria categories, along with a number of questions from the judges and an on-site visit. We are looking forward to the Awards Dinner on Thursday, November 5 in West Palm Beach.” Read more. >>
Hy-Line International Internal Technical Services Manager Elected by Peers
November 2, 2015 - Hy-Line International announces the election of Dr. Travis Schaal, DVM, internal technical services manager for Hy-Line, to president of the Association of Poultry Primary Breeders Veterinarians. Read more. >>
Tyson Foods Increases Pay at Chicken Plants
October 23, 2015 - In an effort to boost employee recruiting and retention, Tyson Foods, Inc. is increasing hourly pay at most of its U.S. chicken plants, company officials reported. The move, effective Nov. 1, affects hourly production, maintenance and refrigeration workers at 51 of the company’s chicken plants. This includes raising the starting pay for production workers at almost 40 plants to at least $10 an hour. The starting rate at some facilities had previously been in the $8 to $9 range. Read more. >>
Cargill Readies Philippines Poultry Production
October 23, 2015 - Singapore-based Cargill Asia Pacific Holdings Inc. Pte. Ltd. is seriously considering investing heavily into poultry production in the Philippines through local unit Cargill Philippines Inc. to meet the increased demand during the peak season. Cargill, a major food producer, noted that chicken supply in Philippines was traditionally deficient during the peak season, or during holidays and the school period.
“There is more room for animal business in the Philippines. We’re looking at getting into new things like investing in poultry,” Cargill chairman for the Asia Pacific Alan Willits said in a briefing. Read more. >>
Tyson Foods, Sam’s Club Help South Carolina Flood Victims
October 16, 2015 - Tyson Foods is deploying its 53-foot mobile kitchen and with help from Sam’s Club plans to set up a major feeding center in Columbia, S.C., for the flood victims in that area. Teams from both companies will prepare and serve meals beginning Friday (Oct. 16) throughout the weekend for the disaster victims, first responders and volunteers. Read more. >>
Land O'Lakes, Inc. Awards 10 College Students Fellowships to Address Global Hunger
October 16, 2015 - An increase in population from 7 to 10 billion by 2050 will require a 70 percent increase in food production at the same time that natural resources are decreasing. Ten exceptional United States college sophomores, each committed to finding innovative and practical solutions to world hunger, will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do just that through a unique fellowship called the Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders for Food Security™ Program. Read more. >>
Cobb Global Conference Kicks off 100 Year Celebration
October 13, 2015 - Leading figures in the global poultry industry took part in the week-long Cobb-Vantress, Inc. 5th Distributor Conference at Boston, Mass., marking the start of celebrations to commemorate the first 100 years of Cobb in 2016. More than 140 senior representatives from 51 Cobb grandparent distributors and customers from 34 countries were among almost 200 people attending the event at the historic Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston.
Jerry Moye, president of Cobb-Vantress, stated: "To celebrate our centennial anniversary with the extended Cobb family of distributors was a very special privilege. These friends have been integral to Cobb's success, and I can't think of a better way to enter the next century than to have all of them at our side." Read more. >>
Norbest Turkey Makes Donation to Utah Food Bank
October 13, 2015 - Norbest Turkey in Utah donated turkeys to the Utah Food Bank, Monday, Oct. 12, in Salt Lake City. Donations were accepted by Jim Yorgason, Utah Food Bank president and CEO. Read more. >>
Aviagen Expands Sallisaw Hatchery
October 13, 2015 - Aviagen, a leading poultry breeding company, announced that it has completed a $9.5 million expansion of its hatchery in Sallisaw, Okla. The expansion promoted the Sallisaw hatchery to the largest in Aviagen’s U.S. fleet, increasing the hatchery’s performance by 50 percent and its workforce by 20 percent.
Initially opened in 1993, the hatchery had a former capacity of 33.5 million eggs set annually. Now that the expansion project is complete, Sallisaw has a potential to set up to 50.3 million eggs per year (322,560 per week) — a nearly 50 percent rise. Additionally, while the previous Sallisaw operation hatched two to three days per week, the newly expanded hatchery could increase to a four-day hatch week. Read more. >>
Hickman’s Family Farms –A Growing Family Business Since 1944
October 8, 2015 - Hickman’s Egg Ranch started in 1944. Our beginnings are owed to my grandmother, Nell Hickman. When the Hickman family settled in Glendale in 1944, my grandmother acquired a few hens so they could have fresh eggs for the family.
She was from rural Kansas, and it was quite common for a housewife back there to maintain a small flock of chickens to produce a little extra money for the family. In 1944, the practice wasn’t quite as widespread in Glendale, so my grandmother continued to add to her flock as neighbors heard about the eggs being sold off her back porch.
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Mountaire Farms Breaks Ground on New HQ in Sussex County
September 30, 2015 - Mountaire Farms officials broke ground on a new office building at Maryland Camp Road and John J. Williams Highway in Millsboro on Tuesday. President and CEO Paul Downes spoke about how the new building signifies a commitment to Sussex County. Read more. >>
Tyson Foods to Donate Chicken to NWA Food Bank
September 22, 2015 - Tyson Foods is celebrating a milestone in its fight to eliminate hunger. In honor of 100 million pounds of product donated in the past 15 years and its renewed commitment to ending hunger, Tyson Foods, Inc. will donate a truckload of chicken to the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank. The food, which is part of Tyson Foods' recent pledge of $50 million in cash and in-kind donations over the next five years to fight food insecurity, will be used to help eliminate hunger in the area the company has called home since 1935. Read more. >>
Aviagen Huntsville Hosted Canadian Young Farmers
September 22, 2015 - Aviagen® announced that during the week of Sept. 13-20 it welcomed three young Canadian farmers to its global headquarters in Huntsville and surrounding locations, offering them a glimpse of one of the world’s most advanced poultry-breeding operations. Ranging in ages from 19 to 25, the young farmers were selected by the Canadian Broiler Hatching Egg Producers Association (CBHEPA) to participate in its Young Farmer program based on their desire to broaden their knowledge of the global hatching industry. Read more. >>
Sanderson Farms, Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend and Payment of Special Dividend
September 17, 2015 - Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 (twenty-two cents) per share. The Board has also authorized a special cash dividend payment of $0.50 (fifty cents) per share. Both the regular quarterly cash dividend and the special cash dividend are payable on Oct.13, to stockholders of record on Sept. 29, 2015. Payment of the regular quarterly cash dividend will remain subject to Board approval each quarter. Read more. >>
Cargill Elects CEO David MacLennan as Next Chairman
September 11, 2015 - Cargill’s board of directors today elected David W. MacLennan, currently Cargill’s president and chief executive officer, as chairman of the board in addition to his current responsibilities. Gregory R. Page, 64, will step down as executive chairman and continue to serve on the board as an executive director of the company. Read more. >>
Perdue Farms Donates 50-foot Refrigerated Trailer to Help Harvest Hope in Florence
September 11, 2015 - Perdue Farms delivered a 50-foot refrigerated trailer to Harvest Hope Food Bank in Florence that will be used to store perishable foods destined for citizens in need across the Pee Dee. Representatives from Perdue’s Dillon facility were on hand for the mountain-sized donation.
“At Perdue Farms, we believe that no one should have to go hungry. That's why our partnership with Feeding America and Harvest Hope Food Bank of Florence in the shared mission to end hunger is so important," said Randy Brown, Perdue Director of Operations in Dillon. "We're happy to deliver this refrigerated trailer to help the food bank distribute food to those in need in the Pee Dee Region." Read more. >>
Rabobank Poultry Quarterly Q3: Avian Flu Shuffles the Deck Chairs
September 11, 2015 - The margin outlook for the global poultry industry is still strong. The industry is benefiting from ongoing bullish market fundamentals, according to Rabobank’s latest Poultry Quarterly Q3 report. Supply is balanced in most regions, beef prices are high, feed costs are low. With China as the major exception, the industry is profitable in almost all major global regions. Read more. >>
BIOMIN Inaugurates New Global Headquarters in Austria
September 4, 2015 - BIOMIN has opened its new global headquarters in Getzersdorf, Austria. Located 60 km west of Vienna, Austria, on the ERBER Group campus, the 11,000 sq. m building sets new standards for staff friendliness and energy efficiency. Read more. >>
Cobb-Vantress in $15 Million Expansion in Brazil
September 4, 2015 - In major two-year expansion program scheduled for completion in September, Cobb-Vantress is investing $15 million in increasing its farm and hatchery production in Brazil. The project includes expanding and remodeling the Cobb great grandparent and grandparent farms in Brazil to increase production capacity by 23 percent and hatchery capacity by 10 percent.
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$200,000 Grant to Aid Mar-Jac Poultry Plant Expansion in Walker County and Create New Jobs
August 31, 2015 - Governor Robert Bentley has awarded a $200,000 grant to assist with infrastructure required for a $12 million enlargement of a Jasper poultry business that intends to hire 50 additional workers once the expansion is complete. The expansion by Mar-Jac Poultry Inc. is part of the Gainesville, Georgia-based company’s plans to increase operations at several of its poultry-related businesses in Alabama. Read more. >>
Peco Foods Development Heading to 2016 Launch
August 31, 2015 - Work continues to bring about 1,000 jobs to northeast Arkansas. Arkansas Business newspaper took a look inside the new Peco Foods plant, which was announced in March last year. Work on the $200 million integrated poultry operation continues on a 200-acre site near Pocahontas. Read more. >>
Zoetis Completes Manufacturing Expansion in Lincoln
August 21, 2015 - Zoetis Inc. marked the completion of a 19,000-square-foot, three-story expansion at its manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Neb., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler. Through increased production at the facility, Zoetis is affirming its position as a global leader and world-class manufacturer of high-quality animal health products and an employer of choice in Lincoln. Read more. >>
Maschhoff Family Foods Announces Leadership Changes
August 12, 2015 - Maschhoff Family Foods, the holding company of The Maschhoffs, LLC (www.TheMaschhoffs.com) and GNP Company™ (www.GNPCompany.com), announced that Jason Logsdon, CEO of Maschhoff Family Foods, will be leaving the company to pursue his passion for investing. Logsdon, who started as chief financial officer at The Maschhoffs in 2003 and became CEO of Maschhoff Family Foods in 2012, will join the Maschhoff Family Foods Board and continue to counsel the organization in strategic business areas.
Effective Sept. 8, Tim Schellpeper, most recently President/Chief Operating Officer of Kansas City-based fresh meat and packaged foods company Smithfield-Farmland, will become CEO—assuming leadership of Maschhoff Family Foods. The company also officially named Dr. Bradley Wolter as President of The Maschhoffs—a role he has held on an interim basis since April 2015. Read more. >>
Cargill to Close Kansas Feed Facility
August 4, 2015 - Cargill’s animal nutrition business will close a feed manufacturing facility in Garden City, Kan., on Aug. 31. The company plans to move production to another facility in Guymon, Okla. The company attributed the closure to changes in market conditions and customer demand. Read more. >>
Zoetis to Expand BioDevice Solutions for Poultry Industry with Acquisition of Hatchery Automation Technology Leader KL Products, Inc.
July 31, 2015 - Zoetis Inc. announced an agreement to acquire KL Products, Inc. to strengthen its automation technology for poultry hatchery operations. The privately held company headquartered in London, Ontario, Canada, is a leader in automation systems for the poultry industry. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Read more. >>
Aviagen and Jamesway Hosted Joint Seminar on Managing Embryonic Heat
July 21, 2015 - Aviagen and Jamesway Incubator Company Inc., two global companies dedicated to servicing and supporting the poultry industry, collaboratively hosted a one-day seminar at the Delta Calgary Airport Hotel in Alberta, Canada, on May 27. The topic of the seminar was an important one to the poultry industry – “Managing Embryonic Heat.” Read more. >>
Cargill North America Animal Protein Leadership Changes for Turkey, Egg and Distribution
July 1, 2015 - Cargill has identified replacements for Ruth Kimmelshue, recently promoted to a corporate role at the company’s headquarters in Minneapolis, and Mary Thompson, appointed to lead the company’s European poultry business. Both worked in Wichita and formerly served as president of Cargill Turkey & Cooked Meats and Cargill Value Added Meats, respectively. Additionally, Cargill is combining its Monticello, Minn.-based egg business and Wichita-based value added meats business to create Cargill Value Added Protein, which will be headquartered in Wichita. Read more. >>
Mary Thompson to Lead Cargill’s European Poultry Business
June 22, 2015 - Cargill executive Mary Thompson is leaving Wichita to lead the company’s European poultry business in England. The change is effective Aug. 1.
Thompson will replace Pilar Cruz, who is transitioning to a new role as a corporate vice president leading Cargill’s strategy and business development team at its company headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn. Read more. >>
Perdue Donates 38,000 Pounds of Protein to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Salisbury, Md.
June 8, 2015 - Perdue Farms has donated more than 38,000 pounds of chicken and turkey to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. This donation is part of Perdue’s commitment to donate two million pounds per year to Feeding America-affiliated food banks like the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. This generous donation will be distributed through the food bank’s network of more than 800 partner agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other agencies serving families facing hunger. The donation has a retail value of $90,000. Read more. >>
AB Vista Re-Organizes EMEA Sales Team to Embrace Market Growth
June 5, 2015 - AB Vista is re-organizing its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) sales team into four regions to support the continued expansion of its business across this critical region. The changes will see the EMEA team organized into four regions, led by regional sales directors: Middle East and Africa, Indian Sub-Continent, Central Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union, and West and South Europe, which also includes South Africa. Read more. >>
Hendrix Genetics and NPM Capital Sign MoU to Join Forces in Animal Breeding and Life Sciences
May 20, 2015 - Hendrix Genetics, a leading multi-species animal genetics company, and NPM Capital, a subsidiary of family-owned SHV Holdings, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for NPM to become a minority shareholder in Hendrix Genetics, alongside existing shareholders (family Hendrix, Management and Sofiprotéol), via the issuing of new shares. Completion of the transaction is expected mid-year. The family Hendrix will remain the majority and controlling shareholder and the company will continue to conduct its business under current corporate governance and with the existing management team, strategy and structure. The transaction is subject to customary notification and approval requirements. Read more. >>
Cargill Says Its ‘Big Data’ Model Shows Where ‘Feed Regimen Tweaks Are Needed’
May 18, 2015 - The agribusiness giant said it has been helping integrated pork producers meet productivity gains and has fined tuned a feed mill’s phase use though leveraging its system of mathematical modelling and ‘big data.’ Read more. >>
Foster Farms' Dr. Robert O'Connor Honored with 2015 Food Safety Innovation Award from NSF International
May 1, 2015 - NSF International, a global independent public health organization, honored Robert O'Connor, DVM, senior vice president of technical services at Foster Farms, with a 2015 Food Safety Innovation Award. The award, announced at the Food Safety Leadership Awards ceremony during the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, Maryland, honors outstanding breakthroughs in food safety and individuals who have made a lasting impact. Read more. >>
Tyson Foods Plans to Cut Human Antibiotics in U.S. Chicken Flocks by 2017
April 28, 2015 - Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S. poultry producer, plans to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by September 2017 - one of the most aggressive timelines yet set by an American poultry company. The Arkansas-based chicken and meat giant also said it is working on ways to curtail such on-farm drug practices at its other protein businesses, which include pork and beef. Read more. >>
Poultry a Key Focus for Marfrig Global Foods in 2015
April 10, 2015 - Taking advantage of the favorable global outlook for poultry, and the opening of new markets for Brazilian beef, are key focuses for Marfrig Global Foods in its strategy for 2015. Read more. >>
Simmons Foods Receives Darden Supplier Award
April 6, 2015 - Darden Restaurants recently announced that Simmons Foods, based in Siloam Springs, Ark., was named one of six "William B. Darden Distinguished Supplier Award" honorees for 2015. Read more. >>
March 31, 2015 - The first phase of GNP Co.’s expansion plan is under way at the company’s Cold Spring and St. Cloud operations, the company announced. The first phase is expected to cost approximately $35 million. The expansion plan includes a building addition and installation of new equipment, which will increase processing capacity at the Cold Spring plant’s first-processing area as well as build-up of the company’s hatchery, the company said. Read more. >>
Marel to Merge Its Bornholm and Aarhus Activities
March 24, 2015 - Marel is transferring all of its activities in Bornholm, Denmark to an existing facility in Aarhus, Denmark. Bornholm activities which are focused on development and manufacturing of advanced portioning equipment for the meat, fish and poultry industries will be transferred to Aarhus, the home of Marel’s activities in fixed weight packing and robotics. Read more. >>
Alchemy Systems Acquires Chilton Consulting Group
March 11, 2015 - Alchemy Systems, the global leader in food and workplace safety for the food industry, has acquired Chilton Consulting Group. Chilton is an industry-recognized consulting firm that helps food companies navigate complex food safety standards, improve regulatory readiness, and drive frontline employee performance. Read more. >>
House of Raeford Statement Regarding Sale of Further Processing Plant
February 20, 2015 - House of Raeford Farms announced the sale of its Raeford, NC-based turkey cook plant to Butterball, LLC.
In commenting on the sale, Bob Johnson, House of Raeford President and CEO, said:
“House of Raeford is pleased that another reputable North Carolina brand will be expanding operations in Raeford. This transaction will bring quality employment and business opportunities to the community through the continued operation of this facility. House of Raeford remains committed to and appreciates the support of the local community and its officials throughout this process.” Read more. >>
Randy Day Named President of Perdue Farms
February 12, 2015 - Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, has announced the promotion of Randy Day to president of Perdue Foods, effective Feb. 11, 2015.
“Randy has 35 years of experience at Perdue Farms, including more than two decades on the Perdue Foods side of the business, and fully understands our diverse and growing Foods business and the strategy for growth,” said Perdue. “Most importantly, he understands that we have a strong foundation in our values of quality, integrity, teamwork, and stewardship, and our vision to become the most trusted name in food and agricultural products. I’m confident in Randy’s leadership and experience to guide our Foods business.” Read more. >>
Elanco, Tyson Foods and GNP Company Team Up to Fight Hunger
February 3, 2015 - Elanco announced results of its #Feedthe9 community outreach to help fight hunger. In support of its vision for a food-secure world, Elanco’s poultry business unit donated a total of $18,000 to three customers’ community partners, and worked with 400 employees at GNP Company and Tyson Foods locations in three states to provide more than 10 tons of food and package over 14,000 meals. Elanco also recognized Tyson Foods’ team members in Monroe, N.C., for generating the most social media posts using the hashtag #Feedthe9TysonNC to raise awareness about their partner, Operation Reach Out. Read more. >>
Perdue Agribusiness Headquarters Moving to Delaware
January 26, 2015 - Perdue Farms subsidiary Perdue AgriBusiness will be relocating its headquarters from Salisbury, Md., to Sussex County, Del. In a statement, the company said: “Approximately 150 current and future executive, management and support positions will be housed at the new location. All other Perdue AgriBusiness operations will continue in their current locations, including the grain operations at Zion Church Road in Salisbury.” Read more. >>
Big Dutchman Acquires Controlling Interest in Proline Group
January 22, 2015 - The Big Dutchman group based in Vechta, Germany, announced that the company has acquired a controlling interest of the Canada-based Proline Group. With about 50 employees globally, Proline Group is a leading supplier of production technologies for the pig, poultry, and grain handling industries in Asia and Oceania. Proline Group designs, supplies, builds and installs (turn-key) livestock equipment and facilities for pig, poultry and grain production under the brands PigPro, ChickPro and GrainPro. Read more. >>
Investigation Reveals Plastic in Nugget Not from Cargill Facilities
January 14, 2015 - Cargill announced today, that after an exhaustive investigation, they are confident the blue, plastic foreign material recently reported in one McDonalds Chicken Nugget in Japan did not originate from Cargill’s production facilities. The Cargill investigation included physical analysis, chemical analysis, microscopic third-party lab analysis and a step-by-step search across Cargill’s entire production facility. Read more. >>
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