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Brasil Foods antitrust ruling delayed

Antitrust agency gives until July 13 to find alternatives to rejection
A decision in the antitrust case against BRF Brasil Foods has been postponed until July 13 by Brazil's antitrust agency, according to reports. Board members and the company have both requested more time to come up with alternatives to an outright rejection of the merger of Perdigao SA and Sadia SA that created Brasil Foods in 2009.
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US ready-to-cook poultry up 8% from 2010

Total poultry live weight reached 5.01 billion pounds in May 2011. Young chickens accounted for 4.31 billion pounds of that number.
U.S. poultry certified wholesome during May 2011 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.78 billion pounds, up 8% from the amount certified in May 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest report. The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during May was 5.01 billion pounds, up 8% from 2010's 4.66 billion pounds.
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George's poultry plant antitrust lawsuit settled

Company to make improvements to increase plant processing capacity
Chicken processor George's Inc. has agreed to make capital improvements to the Harrisonburg, Va., Tyson Foods Inc. plant it purchased on May 7, in order to settle an antitrust lawsuit. According to the Department of Justice, the settlement requires George's to increase the plant's chicken processing capacity.
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Poultry processor to open halal plant in Maryland

New facility will bring up to 25 jobs to area
Tauherr Poultry has made plans to open a halal-certified poultry processing plant in Princess Anne, Md., bringing 15 to 25 jobs to the area. Tauherr is looking to serve a niche market, said part owner Terrence Nichols.
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Hungary poultry, animal feed prices up

Ministry working to stabilize feed costs, promote local livestock slaughter
Poultry prices in Hungary rose 21.2% in April, on top of the 16.7% they rose in March, according to a recent report by the Central Statistical Office. The continued increases can be accounted for by a rise in animal feed prices, said Minister of Agriculture Sándor Fazekas.
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Cargill expanding Thailand poultry processing business

Project will add 40,000 metric tons of chicken meat, 21 million eggs to company output
Cargill has announced plans for an expansion of the company's poultry processing operations in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. The US$110 million project will increase the location's existing hatchery, breeder farm, processing plant and egg farm operations.
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Poultry processor Case Farms awards college scholarships

Company's memorial scholarship program awarded each of two recipients with a $2,500 scholarship
Poultry processor Case Farms awarded two college scholarships to children of its employees during the company’s annual service awards dinners. Each of the two recipients received a $2,500 scholarship as part of the J. Leroy Cook Memorial Scholarship Program, following evaluation of their applications by a panel of three judges.  
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Regulators to vote on allowing poultry processor Brasil Foods merger

Brazil regulators expected to reject a merger deal between two food processing companies that created Brasil Foods, reports say
Poultry processor Brasil Foods may be in jeopardy of a break up when Brazil's antitrust regulators vote on a move to block the merger of the two food processing companies that form Brasil Foods, according to reports. Brazil's antitrust regulators will vote June 15 on whether to allow the $3.8 billion merger of Perdigão and Sadia, two food processing companies that merged in 2009 to make up Brasil Foods. 
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Demand growing for food positioned as premium, ethical

Data shows consumers still spending on value-added foods
New food products with an ethical or premium positioning are on the rise, despite the difficult economic situation. Data from Innova Market Insights shows that consumers, while pinching pennies elsewhere, are looking for value-added foods or those positioned on ethical platforms.
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Editor's Comment

Poultry processors to see more scrutiny from US immigration agency

Poultry processors face heightened scrutiny from ICE and new enforcement tactics as the Obama administration pushes for immigration reform.
Poultry processors face heightened scrutiny from ICE and new enforcement tactics as the Obama administration pushes for immigration reform. President Obama is in campaign mode for the 2012 elections, and poultry processors are at ground zero in the president’s push for immigration reform. This is resulting in heightened scrutiny by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but steps can be taken to manage the risk of potential violations.
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