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Roy Graber

Roy Graber

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Diestel stands ground against activists and wins

After animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere files suit claiming false advertising against turkey producer, judge determines that Diestel Family Ranch truly puts a focus on bird welfare
California turkey producer Diestel Family Ranch recently defeated Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) in a court battle, after the animal rights group accused Diestel of falsely advertising its animal welfare initiatives.
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Maple Leaf Foods weighing options for Shelbyville plant

Purchase of tempeh plant in Indianapolis gives the company time to decide ‘what Shelbyville needs to represent’
When Maple Leaf Foods announced it was purchasing a processing plant to produce tempeh products for its plant-based protein subsidiary Greenleaf Foods, that put plans to construct a new facility in Shelbyville, Indiana, on hold.
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Peco Foods gets credit for increasing sales tax revenue

Sales tax revenue in Randoph County, Arkansas, rose 13% in 2020, while the sales tax revenue in the city of Pocahontas rose 15%
Randolph County, Arkansas, and its county seat both saw double-digit growth in sales tax revenue in 2020, and the added jobs at the Peco Foods poultry complex in the county is being given at least some credit for that increased revenue.
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Sanderson Farms Q2

Sanderson to process 1.6 million less chickens in 3 states

Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi storms led to loss of 455,000 broilers, 545,000 chicks and 703,000 hatching eggs
The recent winter storms have had a significant negative impact on Sanderson Farms’ operations in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. As a result, the chairman and CEO of Sanderson Farms said the company will process about 1.6 million fewer chickens at its plants in those three states.
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Maple Leaf Foods’ net earnings increase 45.2%

Company’s sales grow 11.1% during the fourth quarter of 2020
Maple Leaf Foods reported net earnings of CA$25.4 million (US$20.3 million) for the fourth quarter of the 2020 fiscal year, a 45.2% increase when compared to the fourth quarter of the previous year.
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CPF partners with university to develop insect protein

Charoen Pokphand Foods and Chiang Mai University sign memorandum of understanding to develop insect protein from black soldier flies
Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) is already the world’s largest feed producer, sixth largest broiler producer and fourth largest egg producer. Now, the Thailand-based company is stepping up its involvement the insect protein sector.
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Jennie-O takes measures to mitigate high feed costs

As feed and grain costs rise, company is reformulating feed and taking pricing actions
Because of increased feed and grain prices, Hormel Foods is taking pricing action and reformulating its feed to offset those added expenses for its Jennie-O Turkey Store subsidiary, company executives said.
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