Profit tracker: Pork producer margins lose ground

Pork producer margins lost another $7.41 per head for the week ending on Nov. 2, compared to the week before. Meanwhile, packer margins improved by 57 cents per head. FULL STORY »

Iowa packer cleans up after fish kill

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has traced a fish kill in the West Branch of the Floyd River south of Sioux Center to the Sioux-Preme Packing Company. DNR officials continue to investigate the reason for the discharge. FULL STORY »

Christensen Farms announces board and management changes

The Board of Directors of Christensen Farms & Feedlots, announced several board and management changes in the wake of the tragic death of CEO Bob Christensen over the weekend. FULL STORY »

Maple Leaf to purchase Puratone

Canada’s Maple Leaf Foods has moved to acquire the Puratone Corp., the third-largest hog production company in Manitoba. The transaction is reported at $42 million, including livestock, facilities and interests in some joint ventures. FULL STORY »

Target places a bulls-eye on gestation stalls

With its iconic bulls-eye trademark, Target is making its mark on the gestation-sow stall issue. The nation’s second-largest discount retailer wants its pork suppliers to eliminate the gestation-stall housing system from its supply chain by 2022. FULL STORY »

USMEF revs up U.S. pork promotions in Japan

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is targeting growth opportunities for branded and thick-cut products in two new initiatives designed to increase sales of American pork. Japan is the top value market for U.S. pork. FULL STORY »

Hurricane Sandy disrupts northeastern distribution

Wholesale produce distribution in the Northeast remains in limbo in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Distributors aren’t certain how long business will remain at a standstill after the Category I hurricane slammed into New York and New Jersey, devastating homes and businesses and closing supermarkets and restaurants. FULL STORY »

Hillshire Brands keeps view despite first-quarter beat

Hillshire Brands Co reported a first-quarter net profit on Thursday that beat Wall Street estimates by a wide margin, but the packaged meat company stood by its full-year outlook. FULL STORY »

Meat Industry Hall of Fame inducts stellar 2012 group

The members of the Meat Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2012 have been named. The formal ceremony, which took place in San Antonio recently, ran the emotional gamut from uplifting to sobering to celebratory. FULL STORY »

Expanding pork production’s insights and realities

Last week’s release of “A Pig’s Tale” by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has drawn significant attention. The four-minute animated video is directed at children, parents and educators. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) offers some perspective on the realities of pork production today. FULL STORY »

ABC News wants "pink slime" lawsuit moved to federal court

ABC News on Wednesday sought to move to federal court a meat processor's defamation lawsuit over reports about lean finely textured beef, a product that critics have labeled "pink slime." FULL STORY »

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