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Sanderson Farms sued over ads that allegedly mislead

  By JACK WEATHERLY Several consumer advocacy groups have sued Laurel-based Sanderson Farms Inc. for allegedly using antibiotics and other chemicals in its chicken that the producer advertises as “100% natural.” The Organic Consumers Association, Friends of the Earth and the Center for Food Safety filed the complaint Thursday in the U.S. District Court for Northern California against Sanderson, the ...

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Avian flu confirmed in Alabama near Mississippi line

By Jack Weatherly Avian flu has been confirmed in two commercial poultry flocks in Pickens County, Ala., near the Mississippi line, a week after three commercial breeders had to kill more than 70,000 chickens in Lincoln County, Tenn., near the border with Alabama. The Alabama state veterinarian announced that the Pickens County birds are under quarantine after testing positive for ...

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Sanderson plans to build Texas facilities with 1,700 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY Sanderson Farms Inc. plans to build a $200 million processing plant, feed mill and hatchery in Smith and Wood counties, Texas. At full capacity, the facilities would employ 1,700 and process 1.25 million birds per week, the Laurel-based company said in a news release on Thursday. Additionally, contract growers are expected to invest $135 million. Operations are expected ...

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Sanderson rides dark-meat sales to net profit rebound

By JACK WEATHERLY Sanderson Farms Inc. net income more than doubled in the first fiscal quarter compared with the year earlier period – thanks to dark-meat sales recovering from a slump brought on by the avian flu outbreak in 2015. Sales for the quarter ending Jan. 31 were $688.3 million, compared with $605.2 million a year earlier. Net income for the ...

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Another record amount given to Children’s Hospital

The charity of the Sanderson Farms PGA Championship donated yet another record amount to Friends of Children’s Hospital. A check for $1.125 million was presented to Friends on Tuesday. The amount surpassed the $1.11 million given last year to the fund-raising organization that supports Batson Children’s Hospital. In 2015, the tourney passed along $1.1 million. The donations go toward a ...

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Low sales prices drive Sanderson earnings down in second quarter

By JACK WEATHERLY Sanderson Farms’ earnings dipped to $47.6 million, or $2.11 per share, in the second fiscal quarter ending April 30, compared with $71.2 million, or $3.13 per share a year earlier. The Laurel-based poultry producer said in a release Thursday that earnings were hurt by sales prices – down by 11.4 percent per pound — though volume was up ...

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Sanderson recalls 551,090 pounds of chicken

Jack Weatherly Sanderson Farms, Inc. has voluntarily recalled 551,090 pounds of chicken products produced at its plant in Hazlehurst. A sample of the products analyzed by a customer of the company and the U.S. Department of Agriculture was found to contain metal shavings. As a precautionary measure, the recall was issued, the company said in a release late Thursday. The ...

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SANDERSON FARMS —From family business to major corporation

  Sanderson Farms was originally incorporated as a feed and seed store in the year 1955. From that beginning, the company has grown to be a $2.5-billion corporation. It is the third largest vertically integrated poultry processing company in the United States, producing over three billion pounds of processed poultry annually. That’s a lot of chickens in anybody’s book. The ...

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