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Cal-Maine records more sales, improved earnings

JACKSON — Cal-Maine Foods Inc. sold more eggs at higher prices in its fiscal second quarter, boosting profit despite higher feed costs.

The nation’s largest producer of fresh eggs, Cal-Maine’s profit rose to $23.3 million, or 97 cents per share, in the quarter ended Nov. 26. That’s up 53 percent from $15.2 million, or 64 cents per share, in the 2010 quarter.

Sales rose to $290.4 million in the quarter, up 24 percent from $234.5 million from a year ago.

CEO Dolph Baker said in a statement that egg demand was higher this year and that the company was aided by increased sales of higher-priced specialty eggs. The average wholesale price of a dozen eggs rose to $1.27 from $1.09, helping Cal-Maine absorb a 20 percent increase in feed costs.

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