Bachoco, Mexico's leading producer and processor of poultry and other food products, announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire the breeding assets in Arkansas of the U.S. company Morris Hatchery Inc.

These assets comprise mainly equipment and bird inventory. This operation has a capacity of about 350 thousand laying hens that produce hatching eggs.

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Rodolfo Ramos, Bachoco's CEO, stated: "This is a strategic acquisition for our company for several reasons; first, it will rapidly reinforce our supply of hatching eggs for our Mexico and U.S. operations, thus ensuring a proper supply of chicken for our customers; secondly, it represents a step towards our organic growth, and; lastly, this operation is located in a region far enough from our current breeding complexes, thereby increasing dispersion and reducing sanitary risks for our operations."

This acquisition will take effect immediately.