Posts Tagged ‘food processing’

Discovery of asbestos shuts down plant demolition

WEST POINT — Demolition work at the old Sara Lee plant in West Point has stopped after crews discovered asbestos. WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports that the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is going to take a look at the plant and run a series of tests before work can resume on removing the old buildings. […] [...]

Campbell soup recalls nearly a ton of product due to mislabeling

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Campbell Soup Company is voluntarily recalling approximately 80 cases of 14.5-ounce cans (approximately 1,740 pounds) of canned pasta labeled as Swanson 100% Natural Chicken Broth. Due to mislabeling, the cans actually contain SpaghettiOs with Meatballs. As a result of the mislabeling, the product does not declare the presence of wheat, milk and […] [...]

USDA sends personnel to check out slaughterhouse

PONTOTOC — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it sent employees to a north Mississippi slaughterhouse today to check a complaint that pigs were abused before being killed. Richard McIntire, spokesman for the USDA Food and Safety Inspection Service, told The Clarion-Ledger that the service’s veterinary specialists and office staff went to Southern Quality Meats, […] [...]

Cal-Maine’s profits soar; Baker replacing Adams as chairman

JACKSON — Egg producer Cal-Maine Foods says its net income grew more than five-fold in its fiscal fourth quarter as it produced and sold more eggs in the period on stronger consumer demand and got a lift from a one-time gain related to a joint venture. Cal-Maine said its average selling price rose 9.7 percent […] [...]

Cal-Maine Foods buying facilities in Texas from Pilgrim’s Pride

JACKSON — Cal-Maine Foods Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire the commercial egg operations of Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation. Terms were not disclosed. The assets to be purchased by Cal-Maine include two production complexes with capacity for approximately 1.4 million laying hens and adjacent land located near Pittsburg, Texas. The company expects to close the […] [...]

Tyson, Urban League partner to fight ‘food insecurity’

ADAMS COUNTY and WARREN COUNTY — Tyson Foods, in partnership with the National Urban League, has launched a grassroots, community-based hunger awareness and relief program that will provide resources to Mississippi citizens impacted by food insecurity. Dubbed the Urban League-Tyson Foods Hunger Project Mississippi, Tyson and the League are targeting the state because it has […] [...]

Sanderson Farms gets back in black

LAUREL — Sanderson Farms Inc. has reported results for its second fiscal quarter and six months ended April 30, 2012. Net sales for the second quarter were $595.0 million, compared with $479.3 million for the same period a year ago. Net income was $23.9 million, or $1.04 per share, compared with a net loss of $16.3 million, or $0.74 per […] [...]

City joins county in offering land for peanut-processing plant

GREENWOOD — The city of Greenwood has joined Leflore County in agreeing to sell 30 acres in the Greenwood-Leflore Industrial Park at $5,000 per acre to a peanut processor. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the city council acted Tuesday on the sale of 30 acres to the Clint Williams Co. of Madill, Okla. The company has […] [...]

County selling land to Oklahoma-based peanut processor

LEFLORE COUNTY — Leflore County has agreed to sell 30 acres in the Industrial Park at $5,000 per acre to the peanut processor Clint Williams Co. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the board of supervisors decided to use the money to pay part of Atmos Energy’s cost of installing a pipeline to the site. The company […] [...]

Sanderson sees better quarter, but still loses $8M

LAUREL — Sanderson Farms Inc., for the first fiscal quarter ended Jan. 31, saw net sales of $517.8 million compared with $427.7 million for the same period a year ago. For the quarter, the poultry company had a net loss of $8.0 million, or $0.36 per share, compared with a net loss of $33.6 million, or […] [...]

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