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■ Kraft Heinz Co., -33 million pounds
■ West Liberty Foods LLC, -17 million pounds
Turkey producers with capital improvements
Jennie-O Turkey Store announced plans in May
2017 to build a $137 million processing plant in
Melrose, Minnesota. The plant is expected to begin
operations in 2019 and partially replace an existing
plant in the city.
Cargill Protein began work on modernizing a turkey
hatchery in Harrisburg, Virginia, in July 2017. The $7
million project will replace 30-year-old equipment and
take 24 months.
Farbest Foods is planning a $21 million renovation at
its Huntingburg, Indiana, processing plant in 2018, which
will include upgrades to the controlled atmosphere stunning, scalding and picking areas.
Foster Farms announced a $30 million expansion and
upgrade of its processing plant in Farmerville, Louisiana,
in August 2017. New equipment was expected to be in-
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Cooper Farms completed the addition of a cold storage distribution center at its turkey processing plant
in St. Henry, Ohio, in February 2017. In June 2017, it
announced the completion of other projects throughout
Ohio including the expansion of its cooked meats plant
in Van Wert, Ohio.
Dakota Provisions added an $8.5 million cold storage
unit and a $38 million new ready-to-eat production facility in 2017. In 2018, it expects to add a new, $3 million
live load, live haul and truck maintenance facility.
Prestage Farms replaced plant operations information
systems at the cost of $600,000 in 2017. In 2018, it plans
on upgrading X-ray scanners at the cost of $200,000.
Koch's Turkey Farm planned on completing significant
expansions to its packaging, shipping and primary processing facilities in 2017. ■