Terms of the sale were not disclosed. The Wolcott farm processes an average of 600,000 eggs per day, which supply Wegmans 71 supermarkets. Wegmans will continue to receive its store brand eggs from the Wolcott site, Kurt Krehrer, a partner in the business, says in a Buffalo News article.
A Wegmans spokesperson says that the company’s decision to sell the egg facility was due to consolidation in the egg industry in recent years. Wegmans was faced with having to boost egg production beyond its own needs, and “that was not a direction we wanted to go,” she says in the article. Wegmans had owned the egg farm for four decades.
Kreher’s Poultry Farms was started in 1924 and is now operated by the family’s third generation, and in Newstead, operates an egg farm similar in size to the Wolcott operation. The company also operates what it believes is the state’s largest organic farm, the article says.
Wegmans had been the target of the Rochester-based Compassionate Consumers, for using battery cages.