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Guest Commentary

Animal welfare: There are three humane choices for egg-laying hens

June 14, 2014
The egg has always generated conversation, beginning with its debatable role preceding the chicken.
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Guest Commentary

Sustainability is a journey, not a destination

Best practices for committing to sustainability.
June 11, 2014
Greater consumer demand for sustainable products and corporate transparency are driving meat manufacturers to implement new processes to boost sustainability initiatives.
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Independent Thoughts

Keeping a good thing going

June 4, 2014
In this issue of Independent Processor, we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of two institutions in the meat industry.
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Business Strategies

How to employ, sell to those mysterious Millennials

June 3, 2014
As baby boomers retire, our industry is planning its future.
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Our take: Tyson, Pilgrim’s Pride battle for Hillshire Brands

May 29, 2014
Andy Hanacek offers his thoughts on the roller-coaster battle royal for Hillshire Brands, and how he thinks Pilgrim’s Pride would benefit more from the acquisition, in this special edition of From the Editor’s Desk.
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Maintaining your positive message to consumers

From the Editor's Desk — May 2014
April 28, 2014
Andy demonstrates that people can get used to anything, including biting into a raw jalapeño pepper.
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Farm to Plate

Look, but don’t touch: indicators of unconsciousness in stunned livestock

When it comes to electrically stunned animals, processors can observe a variety of indicators to determine unconsciousness but should avoid using the corneal reflex.
April 8, 2014
The corneal reflex has been one of the go-to indicators of unconsciousness in stunned livestock for decades.
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Independent Thoughts

The ethical omnivore

April 4, 2014
If almost 10 years of writing about the meat industry has done anything for me, it’s made me more immune to the common tactics used to turn people away from eating meat.
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Cordray's Corner

Allergens – friend or foe?

April 4, 2014
What is an allergen? Allergens are proteins that trigger an immune response by certain people.
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Guest Commentary

Animal welfare is about much more than animals

March 31, 2014
There was a time in our culture when many consumers were more connected to food and agriculture.
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