For 31 years, Thomas Shelton has watched Case Farms grow from two employees (counting himself) and zero plants to approximately 3,200 employees, four processing plants, one further-processing plant, three feed mills and four hatcheries in Ohio and North Carolina today.
In February 2017, editor-in-chief Andy Hanacek visited with Thomas Shelton, chairman and founder of Case Farms, for an exclusive interview at his home. What follows is a portion of their discussion on the company’s past, present and future:
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Two years after its acquisition by AdvancePierre Foods, the former Landshire sandwich-assembly plant in Caseyville, Ill., has embarked on a more stable and measured — but crucial to the company’s success — course for expansion and growth.
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AdvancePierre Foods’ initial public offering (IPO) in July 2016 was a success for the company — now the sandwich and protein processor aims to follow the acquisition and growth strategies in its DNA to make it a resounding success for investors.
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A team of Ohio State researchers, led by Monique Pairis-Garcia and funded by Kraft Heinz, aims to solve the problem of aggression in sow group housing — and make the transition an easier one for producers, processors and the sows themselves.
The pork industry’s decision to convert to sow housing in recent years had been driven predominantly ethical concerns, but scientific research may yet help producers transition more easily to group housing and handle the new set of challenges it brings.
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Fighting cancer has become serious business not only for academia and pharmaceutical companies, but also food companies, which have chipped in funding and expertise to help patients battling to get their lives back.