Expansion of the product was methodical but steady, until early 2017, when a partnership with Certified Angus Beef LLC was formally announced with the launch of Certified Angus Beef-branded Uncured Beef Slices (Schmacon).
With its new St. Pauls, N.C., processing plant, Sanderson Farms continues to build upon a successful playbook for expansion that has produced nearly a half-dozen new facilities in just more than a decade’s time.
Since 2005, Laurel, Miss.-based chicken processor Sanderson Farms has been on an unmatched record of expansion in the meat industry, building and opening five processing plants (with a sixth brand new plant planned to open in 2019).
Andy Hanacek, editor-in-chief, sits down with Kay Johnson Smith, president and CEO of the Animal Agriculture Alliance, to discuss the strategies and tactics the Alliance has taken to connect the meat and poultry industry to consumers and protect it from extreme activist groups.
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:
With its "One Smithfield" initiative well under way, Smithfield Foods has rallied around building a company-wide culture of innovation to drive its future as a more versatile, CPG-focused, global business.
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.
Part of the selling point for AdvancePierre Foods (APF) to potential investors leading up to the company’s initial public offering (IPO) last year was the claim that APF was a veritable expert on acquiring smaller companies.