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).
The news headlines of the past year have been dominated by upheaval and uncertainty, but the stories surrounding the meat and poultry industry were more positive. Those stories were a part of the largely positive response from the industry to this year’s annual Top 100 Processors Report.
While the FSIS-regulated food industry has directed most of its limited food-safety resources over the last decade toward keeping harmful pathogens out of its food products, the existence of undeclared allergens has become a major issue.
Beyond its usual storage function, reclosable packaging is beginning to play a more active role, particularly with the meal and entrée kits being introduced to address the growing demand for semi-homemade foods.
Process Expo, North America’s largest food processing event, produced by the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA), will offer more than 15,000 industry professionals the opportunity to see thousands of products and services from 600 exhibiting companies.