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Poultry Processing & Slaughter

Butterball challenges employees, children during food safety month

Company hosted coloring contest for kids, hand washing challenge for employees
Butterball LLC celebrated food safety month with a children’s coloring contest and a series of employee challenges in hand-washing and food preparation at the company’s Mount Olive, N.C. facility. Butterball hosted a coloring contest for children of the company's employees.  
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FURTHER PROCESSING & PACKAGING

Oven-ready packaging adds value, convenience to poultry

Oven-ready packaging offers poultry processors and consumers advantages in convenience of handling and cooking, flavor, tenderness and food safety.
Oven-ready packaging offers poultry processors and consumers advantages in convenience of handling and cooking, flavor, tenderness and food safety. Meat packaging has come a long way in recent years; especially with commercial applications for oven-ready raw meat products. Current applications for oven-ready packages for raw meat products include vacuum packaged meat with a secondary or outer package such as a sleeve, netting, box or other type of pouch. The first level of vacuum package is for containment while the secondary package is to convey product identification, cooking instructions, branding and nutrition information among other label requirements.
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Aviagen technical seminar focuses on production issues, company genetic program, performance update

Over 60 industry representatives attend event
Aviagen Australia and New Zealand planned and hosted senior poultry executives from almost every company within the region at a two-day technical seminar, held in the Airport Hilton, Melbourne. Over 60 attendees representing the industry attended the event, which focused on many aspects of production — flock health, biosecurity and vaccination, ventilation, egg handling, nutrition, managing with data, post hatch management, breeder uniformity, breeder and male diets, floor egg management — as well as an in-depth review of the company’s genetic program and a performance update for the future from company International Product Manager Dominic Elfick.
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POULTRY PROCESSING: IPE ROUNDUP

Poultry processors look to technology to solve cost-price squeeze

Facing high prices for corn and soy inputs, poultry processors are eyeing technologies that increase efficiency and add value for better product margins.
Poultry processors look to technology to solve cost-price squeeze. Facing high prices for corn and soy inputs, poultry processors are eyeing technologies that increase efficiency and add value for better product margins. The business outlook among poultry processors at the 2011 International Poultry Expo was surprisingly upbeat considering a turbulent economic picture. One of the reasons may be the availability of technologies that promise to cut costs and/or improve margins on poultry products. Not that anything fully answers $7 a bushel corn and a potential oversupply of poultry in 2011, but poultry processors at least have options that help address their economic predicament.  
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POULTRY FURTHER PROCESSING

Increasing yield and improving quality in fried poultry products

In addition to managing yield through batter viscosity, cooking time and temperature and oil quality, poultry further processors can add edible coatings such as methylcellulose.
Increasing yield and improving quality in fried poultry products. In addition to managing yield through batter viscosity, cooking time and temperature and oil quality, poultry further processors can add edible coatings such as methylcellulose. Fried foods are increasingly popular with consumers. Reasons for their popularity include desirable sensory characteristics such as a soft, juicy interior and a crispy outer crust. However during the frying process, fat content can increase considerably, sometimes even up to 10 times the original weight. Since consumer trends are moving towards healthier and lower-fat products, the food industries are challenged to create new foods with lower fat content while retaining yield and consumer acceptance.  
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India, Netherlands to cooperate in poultry, meat processing expansion

Delegation from India to study Netherlands processes
India and the Netherlands have partnered to cooperate in the expansion of India's poultry and meat processing sector. A six-member delegation from India led by Ajit Kumar, joint secretary in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries and vice chairman of the National Meat and Poultry Processing Board, has made plans to visit the Dutch Product Boards for Livestock, Meat and Eggs to study the country's poultry and meat processing procedures.
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36 billion pounds US chicken produced in 2009

American Meat Institute releases 'US Meat Industry at a Glance'
Thirty-six billion pounds of chicken and 5.7 billion pounds of turkey were produced by U.S. meat companies in 2009, according to the American Meat Institute's "The United States Meat Industry at a Glance." In addition, the poultry industry processed 8.7 billion chickens and 246 million turkeys, contributing to the largest segment of U.S. agriculture.
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CLEAN WATER AWARD

Perdue Farms poultry facility cares for environment, bottom line

Taking care of the Ocmulgee River, and reducing chemical usage in wastewater operations, earned Perdue Farms a Clean Water Award in Perry, Ga.
Taking care of the Ocmulgee River, while reducing chemical usage in wastewater operations, earned Perdue Farms a Clean Water Award at Perry, Ga. The poultry processing complex is situated on 700 rural acres with abundant wildlife. Half of that acreage is set aside for wildlife habitat conservation. The wastewater operation treats flow from the slaughter and processing of 312,000 birds a day and the production of 314,000 pounds of cooked chicken in the further-processing plant. By the time the treated effluent flows into a stream that leads to Big Indian Creek, it is crystal-clear in appearance and environmentally superior to the ultimate receiving waters of the Ocmulgee River. Installation of the Griswold Edge sludge bulk conditioner has resulted in a reduction of sludge output and coagulant polymer usage for a savings of $2,000 to $4,000 a week.
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US retail poultry market gains 31% during 2005-2010

Reaches $41 billion in 2010
The U.S. retail poultry market gained 31% during 2005–2010 to reach roughly $41 billion in 2010, making it one of the most popular sectors in foodservice, according to a Mintel International report. Chicken, according to Mintel's report, is seen by consumers as a healthy food option, and chicken products have seen sales rise in the last several years — chicken salad sales rose 24% during 2007–2010.
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US poultry industry to face challenges if government shuts down

National Chicken Council President Mike Brown calls for government to deem federal inspectors 'essential' in event of shutdown
A U.S. government shutdown could create enormous challenges for the poultry industry if federal inspectors are not deemed "essential" employees, according to Mike Brown, president of the National Chicken Council. "The economic havoc and the impact on jobs would be enormous if federal inspectors are not deemed to be essential," said Brown.
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