Townsends poultry processing operations in North Carolina are being shut down after Ukrainian billionaire Oleg Bakhmatyuk, who bought the bankrupt company's assets in February for $25 million, decided to close Townsends plants in Siler City and Mocksville. The move ends contracts with roughly 200 chicken farmers in four counties and will result in 1,000 people losing their jobs.
With feed-ingredient costs ranging near historic highs and chicken companies unable to pass those costs along to consumers, the industry’s business model is broken and needs fixing, said the chief executive of the second largest U.S. chicken company where cost-based pricing of chicken is part of the fix.
Production to be consolidated into other facilities in region
July 29, 2011
Pilgrim's has announced plans to close its chicken-processing plant in Dallas, Texas, by September 30. Production from the plant will be consolidated into several other Pilgrim's facilities in the region, including the processing and prepared-foods plants in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.
Company impacted by low market prices, high feed costs, decreased customer demand
July 29, 2011
Pilgrim's has reported a net loss of $128.1 million for its second quarter (ending June 26), compared to net earnings of $32.9 million during the same period in 2010. According to the company, market prices for key chicken products were down while feed-ingredient costs were up, which combined with undesirable market conditions to affect profits.
Are production cuts sufficient to restore chicken industry profitability “in the pipeline?” With many chicken processors losing as much as 4 to 5 cents on every pound processed, survival for some companies may depend on how quickly and deeply the industry cuts production.
No illnesses reported, foodservice distributors contacted
July 22, 2011
Pilgrim's has voluntarily recalled two products from foodservice distributors due to potential contamination from Listeria monocytogenes. The first product being recalled is 390 pounds of fully cooked grilled chicken breast fillets with rib meat distributed through a foodservice distribution center in Columbus, Ohio, in 30-pound cases.
New rule would require clear printing of injections, marinades, other added solutions to raw meat
July 21, 2011
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has proposed a new rule to establish names for raw poultry and meat products that include injections, marinades or have otherwise incorporated added solutions which may not be visible to the consumer. The FSIS has determined that some labels do not clearly identify if a solution has been added to a raw product to enhance flavor or texture.
Venky's to modernize operations, grow restaurant business
July 18, 2011
Indian poultry processor Venky's will spend Rs 1.07 billion (US$24 million) over the next 18 months to expand the capacities of its current plants and open new retail outlets, according to the company's CFO A.D. Bauskar. Improvements include expanding breeding farms and hatcheries and modernizing equipment.
The importance of operations prior to poultry slaughter should not be underestimated if the ultimate goal is to produce a high-quality carcass. A good understanding of the various relationships across processing operations, and contiuous control and monitoring, will help to guarantee a processed carcass with high quality, safety and yield.
New feed ingredient may increase safety of poultry meat
July 18, 2011
A system to identify miniscule traces of fecal contamination on chicken carcasses in abattoirs is being developed at the University of Aberystwyth, UK. The Improved Safety Initiative aims to develop a natural additive for poultry feed that will result in ultra-violet fluorescence of feces.