Cal-Maine Foods, Jackson, Miss., has signed an agreement to buy the 50 percent interest in Green Forest Foods, LLC, owned by Pier 44 Properties, LLC. Green Forest Foods, located in Green Forest, Ark., has been jointly owned and operated by Pier 44 Properties and Cal-Maine since January 2006. Effective Jan. 27, 2007, Cal-Maine became the sole owner and operator of Green Forest Foods.

Green Forest produces, processes, and markets eggs from approximately 1 million layers, along with pullet growing for replacements. The eggs are marketed to retail food stores and food service distributors in the south central U.S.

Fred Adams, Cal-Maine’s chairman and CEO, said that “over the past year, we have continued to develop (Green Forest Foods), enhancing our ability to serve our customers in the south central U.S. This is an important market for the company and we look forward to the additional growth opportunities for Cal-Maine.”