Poultry business leader Bob Ingham dies at age 88

Bob Ingham, a leader of Australia’s Inghams Enterprises, died September 22, 2020, at age 88.

Bob Ingham, a leader of Australia’s Inghams Enterprises, died September 22, 2020, at age 88.

Along with his brother Jack, Ingham built the poultry business founded by his father in 1918 into Australia’s largest chicken and turkey producer. Inghams was sold for $880 million to private equity firm TPG in 2013 and listed on the Australia Stock Exchange in November 2016.

Ingham also co-founded Australia’s largest thoroughbred horse racing and breeding operation and was known for his philanthropy. In 2012, the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research was opened.

“Bob, along with his brother Jack, made a significant contribution over the past 60-plus years not just to the needs of Liverpool’s local population but also the greater southwest Sydney community and ultimately, through one of Australia’s home-grown business success of Inghams Enterprises, the wider Australian population,” the family said in a statement.

According to WATTPoultry.com’s Top Poultry Companies database, Inghams Enterprises Pty. Ltd. is one of Australia’s largest producers of poultry meat, supplying about 40% of the domestic poultry market. Inghams operates more than 340 vertically integrated facilities across Australia and New Zealand. It operates 74 breeding farms, 225 broiler farms and nine distribution centers, in addition to numerous feed mills, hatcheries, processing and further processing plants. As one of Australia’s largest feed producers, Inghams also makes feed for poultry, horses, dairy cows and pigs.

Ingham is survived by his children, Lyn, Debbie, Robby, and John; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be by invitation only due to COVID-19. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research.

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