News and analysis for the global poultry industry.

Meredith Johnson

Meredith Johnson is the Managing Editor of Egg Industry Insight.



China sets cage-free specs due to company commitments

A new standard for producing cage-free eggs in the country is already being utilized, with producers close to completing their certification.

The China Chain Store and Franchise Operation (CCFA) set the country’s standard for the production, distribution, and sale of cage-free eggs in late October of this year.

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Hyperspectral imaging could help find poultry meat defects

Looking for the differences in the chemistry of raw poultry could potentially help producers identify food safety and quality issues in product on the line.

During the 2021 Poultry Tech Summit Webinar Series, Olga Pawluczyk showed how the use of hyperspectral imaging in poultry processing could help more accurately identify food quality issues and detect foreign objects.

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In-line poultry chilling could be improved using kinematics

An enhanced, immersive chilling system could reduce carcass chill time while allowing single bird traceability and elimination of hourly labor at rehang.

A new tactic that uses rotational kinematics could lead to a more effective in-line immersive poultry chilling process. Dr. Comas Haynes, principal research engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, presented the system during the 2021 Poultry Tech Summit Webinar Series on November 11.

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Could robots replace hourly employees in cage-free houses?

A robotic technology that can pick up floor eggs, measure microclimates and more could be the answer to the well-known labor increase in cage-free layer houses.

Colin Usher presented a robotic technology to reduce labor and potential contamination opportunities in broiler breeder and cage-free table egg layer houses.

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Vital Farms increases its 2021 revenue by over 20 percent

While the company secured a strong net revenue for the year so far, elevated grain and freight costs took a toll on earnings for its fiscal third quarter.

On November 9, Russell Diez-Canseco, President and CEO of Vital Farms, gave insight on the company during the recent earnings review of its third quarter 2021 financial results that ended on September 26.

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MRI technology can help identify which eggs are fertile

Orbem’s AI enabled system allows producers to find out what’s going on inside their eggs prior to incubation.

During the 2021 Poultry Tech Summit Webinar Series that began on November 2, Dr. Pedro Gomez, CEO, Orbem GmbH explained how his company is using a MRI powered system to help identify which eggs are fertile.

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Is there a genetic solution for preventing male chicks?

Technology that prevents the development of male chicks in the layer industry could potentially save producers billions of dollars annually.

During the 2021 Poultry Tech Summit Webinar Series that began on November 2, Dr. Yuval Cinnamon, Ph.D., principal investigator, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center- NRS Poultry Sustainability and Transformation, presented a genetic solution to egg producers that manipulates the chicken genome.

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