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Previewing Costco's $400 million
chicken operation in Nebraska
Lincoln Premium Poultry, a company owned in part by Costco, is starting
up a new complex and integrated poultry operation in Fremont, Nebraska.
The business relationship with Costco
Costco and Lincoln Premium Poultry's Fremont, Nebraska, poultry
operation will include a processing plant, hatchery and feed mill.
Shafer said LPP's role is to, essentially, operate and
manage the asset and the business on Costco's behalf.
Costco is LPP's customer, he said, and the majority of
the products will go to Costco depots and warehouses.
"Lincoln Premium Poultry is a company created for Costco in collaboration with Costco," Jessica
Kolterman, a spokeswoman for LPP, said. "Our comwww.WATTAgNet.com ❙ June 2018
In Fremont, Nebraska, far from the traditional broiler
belt of the Southeast and Atlantic states, a massive new
poultry complex is rising. By late 2019, the estimated
$400 million operation - complete with a feed mill,
hatchery and processing plant - will be processing
more than 2 million chickens a week.
The new poultry enterprise is run by Lincoln
Premium Poultry (LPP) - a company owned in part
by Costco Wholesale Corp. Walt Shafer, chief operating officer for LPP, said the chickens processed at the
plant will provide about 40 percent of the Issaquah,
Washington, retailer's fresh chicken meat.