Editorial

Administration’s Ethanol Compromise Will Please Neither Party

11/01/2019

In a Monday, October 21st Cabinet meeting, the President praised the Administrator of the EPA, Andrew Wheeler for granting Small Refinery Exemptions (SRE) against the Renewable Fuels Standard. These SREs, of which 31 have been approved, are a bone of contention with the ethanol industry since they reduced the demand for ethanol in previous years and especially in 2019 and have the potential to lower the 2020 production goal of 15 billion gallons. Any difference between ethanol production and domestic consumption must be exported in a competitive and declining market. Currently a number of ethanol plants have been mothballed as being unprofitable.

In the same Cabinet meeting, the Secretary of Agriculture, Dr. Sonny Perdue was requested to promote Administration policy on “ethanol for our farmers”. Apparently, the approval of E15 ethanol for year-round use is regarded as balancing the small refinery exemptions although there is considerable dissention over the arithmetic involved.

The biofuels industry and corn-based ethanol in particular exists only through Federal mandates. Introduced at a time when there was concern for energy security and a desire to reduce dependency on potentially antagonistic nations suppling crude oil, the program has outlived the reason for its existence. Corn-based ethanol is inflationary to the economy and represents an indirect tax to all who drive and eat. It does not contribute to an improvement in the environment, consuming water and releasing carbon dioxide. Environmental sustainability by and large is ignored by the Administration as a matter of expediency.

The current high-wire act performed by the Administration is an attempt to satisfy conflicting political constituencies and ultimately will fail in its attempt at reconciliation.

 



 

Poultry Industry News

Harvest Report for Past Week

11/13/2019

The November 12th USDA Crop Progress Report documents continued advances in harvesting the 2019 report delayed by late planting due to flooding and inclement weather over the harvest period.

 

As of November 10th in 18 major corn-producing states responsible for 94 percent of the 2018 crop, 66 percent of the corn had been harvested. This compares to a five-year average of 85 percent. During the past week 14 percent was reaped.

 

Farmers harvested an additional 10 percent of the crop this past week to bring the total in the bin to 85 percent compared to a five-year average of 92 percent.

 


 

Broiler Week

11/08/2019

Chick Placements.

The Broiler Hatchery Report released on November 6th confirmed that a total of 224.2 million eggs were set during the week ending November 2nd, up four percent compared to the corresponding week in 2018. A total of 170.3 million day-old chicks were placed among the 19 major broiler-producing states during the week ending November 2nd. This was two percent more than in the corresponding week in 2018. Total chick placements for the U.S. amounted to 177.8 million. Claimed average hatchability was 82.6 percent for eggs set three weeks earlier. Broiler chick placements for 2019 through November 2 nd amounted to 8.18 billion, two percent more than YTD 2018.

Broiler Production

According to the November 8th USDA Broiler Market News Report (Vol. 66: No. 45) for the processing week ending November 2nd 2019, 173.0 million broilers were processed during the week at an average live weight of 6.26 lbs. (6.25 lbs. last week) and a nominal yield of 76.0 percent. The number of broilers processed was 5.2 percent more than the corresponding processing week in 2018. Processed (RTC) broiler production for the week was 833.5 million lbs. (378,871 metric tons), 6.5 percent more than the corresponding week in 2018. Production YTD of RTC in 2019 is 34.5 million lbs. (15,681,706 metric tons), 2.9 percent more than in 2018 YTD.


 

Turkey Week

11/08/2019

Weekly Turkey Production and Prices

Poult Production and Placement:

The October16th edition of the USDA Turkey Hatchery Report, issued monthly, documented 29.6 million eggs in incubators on October 1st 2019 (26.0 million eggs on September 1st 2019) and up 3.0 percent (0.87 million eggs) from October 1st 2018.

A total of 22.6 million poults were hatched during September 2019 (24.3 million in August 2019) representing a decrease of 0.5 percent from September 2018.

A total of 19.8 million poults were placed on farms in the U.S. in September 2019, (22.7 million in August 2019), amounting to 3.4 percent less than in 2018. This suggests disposal of 2.8 million poults during the month. Assuming all tom poults were placed, 24.7 percent of September-hatched hen poults or 12.3 percent of all September 2019-hatched poults were not placed.

For the twelve-month period October 2018 through September 2019 inclusive, 288.7 million poults were hatched and 258.6 million were placed. This suggests disposal of 30.2 million poults. Assuming all tom poults were placed 20.9 percent of hen poults or 10.4 percent of all poults hatched during the period were not placed.


 

U.S. Broiler and Turkey Exports for January-September 2019.

11/10/2019

Export data for the first nine months of 2019 indicate a fractional increase in exports of broiler parts in comparison to the corresponding period in 2018. The overwhelming impression from progressive monthly comparisons is the consistent erosion in unit price although reversed in September. The trend in successively lower unit prices is attributed to the fact that leg quarters comprise over 95 percent of exports. This product represents a low-value commodity lacking in pricing power. Exporters of commodities are subjected to competition from domestic production in importing nations. Leg quarters are vulnerable to trade disputes and embargos based on real or contrived disease restrictions. The extensive outbreak of African swine fever may boost U.S. exports in the intermediate term as all animal protein will rise in price as the pork supply is curtailed.

Total exports of broiler parts for the period attained 2,372,142 metric tons, 0.6 percent more than the corresponding period in 2018 (2,357,754 metric tons). Total value of exports increased by 1.1 percent to $2,420 million ($2,394 million).

During January-September 2019 the National Chicken Council (NCC), citing USDA-FAS data, documented exports of 2,459,254 metric tons of chicken parts and other forms (whole and prepared) valued at $2,673 million with a weighted average unit value of $1,049 per metric ton, 1.7 percent higher in unit value compared to the first nine months of 2018 ($1,067 per metric ton).

The NCC breakdown of chicken exports during January-September by proportion and unit price for each broiler category for 2019 compared with 2018 (with the unit price in parentheses) comprised:-

· Chicken parts 96.2%; Unit value $986 per metric ton ($995)

· Prepared chicken 2.4%; Unit value $3,588 per metric ton ($3,557)

· Whole chicken 1.4%; Unit value $1,049 per metric ton ($1,024)


 

Butterball Posts Loss for Third Quarter

11/08/2019

The Seaboard Corporation SEC form 10-Q reported on the most recent quarter ended September 28, 2019. For the period, Seaboard with investments in hogs, shipping, ingredient trading and grain processing posted a loss of $7 million on revenue of $1.66 billion.  Corresponding figures for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 comprised net earnings of $34 million on revenue of $1.65 billion. 

The report confirmed that Butterball LLC posted a net loss of $22 million on net sales of $416 million.  In August 2019 Seaboard provided $8 million in loans to Butterball maturing at the end of October 2020.  Total assets of Butterball as of September 28, 2019 were $1.19 billion.


 

Merck Reports on Q3

11/06/2019

Merck Inc. reported on the third quarter of fiscal 2019 on Tuesday October 29th. The company generated a net profit of $1.9 billion on sales of $12.39 billion.  This compares with a net profit of $1.95 million on sales of $10.79 billion for the corresponding third quarter of fiscal 2018.

 

Animal Health revenue amounted to $1.12 billion, 9.9 percent more than in Q3 FY 2018.  Revenue was divided among livestock products at $726 million and companion animal pharmaceuticals and biologics at $396 million.  Both of these values were 10 percent more than in FY 2018.  Animal Health generated a contribution of $423 million ($409 million Q3 2018) representing an operating margin of 37.7 percent.  This was down from the 40.1 percent generated in Q3 2018.

 

The quarterly report did not provide any information on the contribution from sales to the livestock segment  nor geographic distribution.

 


 

ADM Posts Q3 Profit: Lower Than Corresponding FY2018 Q3 Attributed to a “Challenging Environment”

11/12/2019

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) reported Q3 results on Thursday, October 31st. The company earned $407 million on revenue of $16.73 billion contributing to an EPS of $0.72. Corresponding figures for Q3 of 2018 were net earnings of $536 million on revenue of $15.8 billion and an EPS of $0.94. The Animal Nutrition segment contributed $16 million to operating profit compared to loss of $13 million in Q3 of 2018.

In commenting on Q3 results, Chairman and CEO Juan Luciano was optimistic noting “We are excited about our strategic growth activities and particularly our participation and leadership in major global trends such as flexitarian diets, nutrition for health and sustainable materials. We have invested in assets, platforms and technological capabilities to serve and grow with our customers who are embracing these market-changing trends.”

ADM with a market capitalization of $22.57 billion trades with a forward P/E of 14.9.  Over the past 52 weeks, ADM has traded from $36.45 to $49.20. The 50-day moving average share price was $70.14.


 

Tyson Foods Reports on Q4 and FY 2019

11/12/2019

In a press release dated November 12th, Tyson Foods (TSN) announced results for the 4th Quarter and Fiscal 2019 ending September 28th

The following table summarizes the results for the period compared with the values for the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal year (Values expressed as $ x 1,000 except EPS)

 

4th Quarter Ending

Sept. 28th 2019

Sept. 29th 2019

Difference (%)

Sales:

$10,884,000

$9,999,000

+8.9

Gross profit:

$1,139,000

$1,339,000

-14.9

Operating income:

$604,000

$819,000

-26.3

Pre-tax Income

Net Income

$466,000

$369,000

$757,000

$537,000

-38.4

-31.3

Diluted earnings per Class B share:

$1.01

$1.47

-31.3

Gross Margin (%)

10.5

13.4

-21.6

Operating Margin (%)

5.5

8.1

-34.6

Profit Margin (%)

3.3

5.4

-38.9

Long-term Debt:

$9,830,000

$7,962,000

+13.7

12 Months Trailing:

     

Return on Assets (%)

6.2

   

Return on Equity (%)

16.6

   

Operating Margin (%)

7.4

   

Profit Margin (%)

5.3

   

Total Assets

$33,097,000

$29,109,000

+13.7

Market Capitalization

$32,413,000

   

TSN fell short of the consensus sales estimate of $10.93 billion in Q4. The adjusted EPS of $1.21 was 8 cents below the consensus value.

52-Week Range in Share Price: $ 49.77 to $94.07. 50-day moving average $82.53

Market Close Nov.11th $82.74 Market close Nov. 12th post-release $88.88 (+7.4%)

Forward P/E 13.1 Beta 0.4

For FY 2019 TSN earned $2.022 billion on sales of $42.405 billion with an EPS of $5.10. Comparable values for FY 2018 were: net earnings of $3,024 billion on sales of $40,057 billion with an EPS of $7.59.


For the 4th Quarter of FY 2019 the Chicken Segment achieved sales of $3.447 billion representing 31.6 percent of sales with a gross margin of 2.6 percent. For the 4th Quarter of FY 2019 the Chicken Segment attained $90 million or 14.9 percent of the company total representing an operating margin of 5.6 percent.

The Company Statement noted:-

"Chicken Sales volume increased primarily due to incremental volume from business acquisitions. Average sales price decreased due to market conditions and sales mix primarily associated with the acquisition of a poultry rendering and blending business in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. Operating income decreased due to increased operating costs and challenging pricing conditions. Additionally, operating income was impacted by approximately $40 million and $55 million for the twelve months and fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, respectively, of net feed ingredient costs and realized and mark-to-market derivative losses. Operating income was impacted by approximately $100 million and $60 million for the twelve months and fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, respectively, of net feed ingredient costs and realized and mark-to-market derivative losses".

Tyson Foods will expend $1.3 billion on capital improvements and acquisitions during FY 2020. Production will increase by a conservative 2 to 3 percent and operating margin will improve by 6 to 8 percent.


 

China Encounters Difficulty in Introducing E-10

11/06/2019

In 2017, China adopted a policy of incorporating ethanol into gasoline at the 10 percent level. For a variety of reasons including logistics, the price of corn, opposition from fuel refiners and distribution, adoption of E-10 is far from complete. As with the U.S., in corn-producing states with ethanol-production capacity, the mandate has been followed.

The major concern is that if all gasoline were to be diluted with 10 percent ethanol, 18 percent of corn or 45 million metric tons would be diverted to biofuel. This proportion is however far below the 34 percent as documented in the October 10th WASDE report.

China has ceased importing ethanol from the U.S. but if the current trade dispute can be settled, and China is willing to purchase ethanol from the U.S., under-demand in relation to U.S. production capacity would be relieved to the benefit of both farmers and the RFA membership.


 

Beef Packers Subject to Anti-Trust Lawsuit

11/06/2019

Pacific Agri Products has filed suit in the 8th District Court of the district of Minnesota alleging conspiracy among major beef packers to control prices. Defendants include Cargill Inc., Tyson Foods, Swift Beef Company and Marfrig Global Foods. The last two companies are controlled by holding companies in Brazil. Allegations include collusion to reduce slaughter volumes by reducing throughput and closing processing plants and or halting expansion plans to boost prices by restricting supply.

The lawsuits are reminiscent of the litigation against chicken and pork producers with similar allegations involving direct and indirect collusion and price fixing.


 

Critical World Health Project Defunded by Federal Government

11/06/2019

The Predict program run by the United States Agency for International Development was established in 2008 following the emergence of H5N1 avian influenza. The program has trained 5,000 workers in disease recognition, record keeping and epidemiology in 30 African and Asian nations and has built or expanded 60 medical research laboratories in developing countries. Workers funded by the program have collected 140,000 biological samples from humans and animals. The benefits of the program were evident with recent Ebola outbreaks since inception the program has cost $200 million.

Ending the Predict program is regarded as retrogressive and increases the vulnerability of the world’s population to emerging diseases. In recent years, international agencies have dealt with Ebola, MERS, Nipah virus and numerous strains of influenza. Most newly-emerging diseases originate in developing nations but pose a threat to industrialized countries given the potential for rapid transcontinental movement through the air-transport system. Unless an alternative agency receives funding to continue the work performed under the Predict program, vulnerability to infectious diseases will be enhanced worldwide.


 

Kemin Industries to Manufacture BactoCease® in the E.U.

11/06/2019

Following the introduction of BactoCease® in liquid and dry form, Kimmon Food Technologies will manufacture these products in Europe to supply the Continental, Middle East and African markets. BactoCease® comprises organic ingredients to suppress spoilage bacteria on meat, poultry and fish without affecting organoleptic parameters.

Valter Dompe, president, Kimmon Food Technologies noted “The clean-label trend in the meat, poultry and fish markets are increasing demand for products and driving the growth of sustainable solutions. Vinegar-based solutions position Kemin as a leading provider of ingredients to prolong shelf life and promote food safety.”


 

Amazon Records a Decline in Sales Through Physical Locations

11/06/2019

Following the acquisition of Whole Foods Market by Amazon, the subsidiaries’ sales and profitability data are now incorporated into Amazon results. The company reported that physical store sales for the third quarter of 2019 ending September 30th were down 1 percent to $4.19 billion compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2018. The preceding second quarter posted a decrease of 3.2 percent from the 2nd quarter of fiscal 2018.

The physical store sales value excludes online orders, Prime Now® delivery and click-and-collect through Whole Food stores.

Physical stores operated by Amazon in the U.S. include 484 Whole Foods Markets, 16 Amazon Go® Convenience stores and a number of locations evaluating store concepts.


 

Study Quantifies the Benefits from Banning Phenylarsonic Feed Additives

11/06/2019

Withdrawing organic arsenicals fed to monogastric livestock was associated with theoretical annual annual saving of $85 million due in part to 1,100 fewer cases of cancer. The economic benefits for China were associated with removal of carcinogenic degradation products, including elemental arsenic from phenylarsonic feed additives.   

Projections were prepared by scientists at Beijing University and the University of Iowa and published in Environmental Science and Technology. According to a report in the October 28th edition of Chemical and Engineering News published by the American Chemical Society, China banned the use of phenylarsonic feed additives in May and is working towards withdrawal of the product from the marketplace.

The E.U. banned organic arsenical feed additives in 1999 followed by the U.S. and Canada in 2013 when manufacturers ceased producing roxarsone.


 

Argentine Broiler Production

11/06/2019

According to USDA-GAIN Report AR2019-0038 issued on October 22nd, broiler product in Argentina will increase by 2.0 percent in 2020 compared to the current year to attain 2.215 million metric tons. Total supply including nine tons of imported chicken will amount to 2.224 million metric tons. Seven percent of production or 158,000 metric tons will be exported. Forty-five percent of this total was shipped to China during the first half of 2019 followed by 21 percent to South Africa as the second largest receiving nation. Domestic consumption will be 2.07 million metric tons in 2020. With a population of 44.8 million, per capita use is 46 kg (101 pounds).

 

 


 

BRF of Brazil to Erect Processing Plant in Saudi Arabia

11/06/2019

BRF S.A. holds a significant share of the broiler market in the Middle East. The company intends erect a processing plant in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Brazil Foods currently supplies the market from nine plants in Brazil and a relatively new facility in Abu Dhabi.

It is estimated that in 2020, the domestic market will consume 1.38 million metric tons of broiler meat. Of this total, 54 percent or 750,000 metric tons is produced locally. The proposed plant will have an annual output of 50,000 metric tons representing four percent of current consumption. Depending on carcass size (1.0 kg to 1.2 kg), output will range from 700,000 to 800,000 birds per week.

In recent months, exports to Saudi Arabia have been impacted by Halal regulations. The move by BRF is intended is a proactive measure to entrench market share.

 


 

Universities of Arkansas and Cornell Awarded Poultry Nutrition Grant

11/06/2019

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture, an agency within the USDA has awarded a grant of $9.95 million to a consortium of universities. The grant entitled Empowering U.S. Broiler Production for Transformation and Sustainability will enable scientists to investigate novel ingredients including microalgae, to develop biofuels from poultry litter and to review aspects of management, genetics and nutrition.

Co-principal project leaders are Dr. Walter Bottje of the University of Arkansas, Center for Excellence in Poultry Science and Dr. Xingen Lei of Cornell University. Other participants include faculty from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff , Mississippi State University and Iowa State University. Training will be an important component of the project and the grant includes provisions for summer internship programs and graduate instruction.


 

Prospects for U.S. Exports of Soybeans

11/06/2019

Export of soybeans to China will depend on price. The National Development and Reform Commission in Beijing has informed domestic soybean processors that duty would be waivered on imports of up to 10 million tons of U.S. soybeans. Both state and privately-owned crushing plants would be eligible for the concession extending to March 2020

During the week after the October 11th trade negotiations in the U.S., China purchased 0.5 million tons valued at $175 million from Brazil, but deferred on purchases from the U.S.

Prevailing opinion among brokers in China is that U.S. prices are currently too high. A large order for U.S. soybeans would raise price and buyers are accordingly cautious in placing orders.

Lack of interest by China contradicts the statement by the President that China would purchase “substantial quantities of agricultural products valued at $50 billion over a two-year period”. As with all commercial activities, the price of a commodity not sentiment is a deciding factor in placing orders.


 

Costco, NE. Plant Inaugurated

11/06/2019

In an October 19th ceremony, the Lincoln Premium Poultry complex was officially opened in the presence of company and state officials.

The complex comprising a feed mill, processing plant and hatchery involved an investment of $450 million. It is anticipated that growers will invest $350 million in breeder and grow-out housing. The complex is planned for an eventual throughput of two million birds per week and will employ 1,100 supplied by 100 farm families.

Walt Schafer, CEO of Lincoln Premium Poultry stated “our grower list is full. We are actually processing birds and getting eggs from our first farmers”.

Mayor of Fremont, NE., Scott Getzschman stated “After four and a half years the project has finally come to reality”. He added “there were a lot of obstacles, but we never gave up.”


 

Sanderson Farms to Erect New Hatchery

11/06/2019

The weekly Washington Report by the National Chicken Council on October 25th noted that Sanderson Farms will erect a new hatchery in Ellisville, MS. The facility will be located in Jones County, north of Hattiesburg and will require approximately a year to complete.

Director of Development and Engineering, Pic Billingsley stated “The hatchery will give us two things:  it will give us added capacity that we will need in order to support any future growth in Mississippi as well as give us additional square footage to use new technology that we need in our hatcheries”.


 

ASF-Contaminated Pork Entering the Food Chain in the Philippines

11/07/2019

African swine fever (ASF) virus has been isolated from pork in the Philippines following the September outbreak predominantly affecting small-scale operations on the main island of Luzon and in the vicinity of metropolitan Manila. Both homemade and processed sausages and cured meat have yielded the virus. To date 60,000 hogs have been culled or have died of ASF representing one percent of the nation’s herd of 12.7 million hogs.

The Secretary of Agriculture for the Philippines, Mark William Dar urged hog producers not to sell infected animals to traders to prevent dissemination of virus and consequential contamination of the food supply. This is a difficult request to fulfill given that a herd of live hogs may represent the net worth of many producers. It is a matter of record that following the emergence of ASF in China, back yard and small-scale owners liquidated herds suspected of being infected. This was evidenced by hogs dying of ASF in the lairage of processing plants.

The prevalence of ASF in the Philippines will increase, given the progress of the infection in Asia, the lack of biosecurity in small operations and the distances over which hogs are transported to market. The impact of the disease is now estimated at $20 million per month and the outbreak, even with the unlikely possibility of control, will have an inflationary effect on the economy.


 

Grubhub Posts Lower Q3 Earnings

11/07/2019

Grubhub Inc. posted higher revenue of $322.1 million, 21.5 percent more than the third quarter of fiscal 2018.  Net income was $1.0 million compared to $22.7 million in Q3 of 2018.  The EPS declined sharply from $0.24 in Q3 2018 to $0.01 for the most recent quarter. 

 

The Company reported a 29 percent increase in active diners to 21.2 million and average daily meals delivered increased from 416,000 to 457,00.

 

Grubhub noted total assets of 2.38 billion of which $1.01 billion represents goodwill and intangibles.  The company carries $492 million in long-term debt, up 46 percent in six months.  Expansion of services has come at a relatively high cost given the increase in the Operations and Support expense category from $111.5 million to $161.4 million.  The Sales and Marketing category increased from $49.4 million to $71.6 million.

 

Mark Maloney, founder and CEO of Grubhub attributed increased revenue to investments during the fourth quarter of 2018 to expand delivery market coverage, enhance advertising and branding.

 

The market responded to the Q3 release with a 43 percent reduction in share value to $33.00 at close of trading on October 29th. The 52-week range for GRUB is $32.55 to $97.96 with a 50-day moving average of $58.04.

 

 

The trailing 12-month profit margin is 0.3 percent with an operating margin 2.2 percent.  Return on assets is 0.8 percent and the return on equity is 0.3 percent.  Market capitalization was reduced to $3.0 billion and the company trades with an unjustified P/E of 16.8.  On October 14th, 29.5 percent of the float was short.

 

Since Grubhub occupies a prominent position in food delivery it may be regarded as a bellwether for this segment of the food industry where competition evidently constrains profits.


 

Farm Workforce Modernization Act Passes First Hurdle

11/08/2019

The long awaited Farm Workforce Modernization Act supported by over one hundred farm labor groups has received bipartisan support of the House Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee chaired by Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and by ranking member Dan Newhouse (R-WA).

The Bill would provide legal status to agriculture workers and their families and would expand the H-2A guest-worker visa program.

 

The contentious part of the Bill involves a path to legal status for workers employed in agriculture for a long period and with clean legal records.  The Bill would also facilitate applications and would offer year-round visas for workers in the dairy, poultry and other livestock segments of agriculture.  Current agricultural guest-worker visas were introduced to allow seasonal workers to pick fruit and row crops.


 

Maple Leaf Capital Projects Delayed by Weather and Technical Issues

11/08/2019

In the Company Q3 report, the CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, Michael McCain noted that the broiler processing plant in London Ont. was delayed by weather conditions during the past three months.  The plant is intended to combine production capacity of the St. Mary’s, Toronto and Brampton, Ont. Facilities that are obsolete and labor intensive. 

 

The plant intended to produce vegetable-protein substitutes for meat under construction in Indiana is delayed due to  “technical complications”.


 

Protecting America’s Food and Agriculture Act of 2019 Approved by Senate

11/08/2019

On October 28 the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the Protecting America’s Food and Agriculture Act of 2019.  This legislation was co-sponsored by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and John Cornyn (R-TX).  These legislators serve on a Senate Homeland Security and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.  The Act authorizes hiring of agricultural specialists to fill approximately 700 vacancies in addition to support personnel annually.  Twenty new canine teams will be trained and assigned.

The justification for S.2017 is confirmed by the rapid spread of African swine fever in Eastern Europe and Asia.  Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Australia have recently interdicted pork products carried by passengers at major airports.  Some of the confiscated animal products have yielded ASF virus.

 

The Act was supported by the Trade Alliance, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and by numerous organizations representing livestock groups.

 

The Act now passes to the House where approval is anticipated.


 

Sprouts CEO Trimming Expansion and Store Size

11/11/2019

Jack Sinclair, the newly appointed CEO of Sprouts Farmers Market is revamping expansion strategy by cutting new store openings to only 20 in 2020 and reducing the size of units to enhance efficiency.  Emphasis will be placed on managing inventory and supplying customer needs for high value prepared foods and deli items but with a smaller footprint. 

 

Sprouts is following the lead of Lidl in adjusting size and hence capital cost of stores.  Sprouts may also replicate the Lidl strategy of converting disused stores which can be acquired and upgraded for less than the cost of a new facility.  The Rte 54 store in Durham, NC located in a old Harris Teeter location is an example of creative recycling.


 

Hamlet Protein Appoints Grady Fain as VP Sales and Marketing for U.S. and Canada

11/13/2019

Hamlet Protein, a multinational processor and supplier of soy protein specialties for piglets, chicks and poults is intent on achieving continuous growth in the U.S. The company has made significant investments in production capacity in its Findlay, OH. Plant since 2017 and is now ready to increase market penetration in the U.S. and Canada. To help drive that growth, Hamlet Protein announced the appointment of Grady Fain as Vice President Sales & Marketing for the NCA region.

Grady Fain has a distinguished record of achievement in the animal feed industry. He has held positions of responsibility with the Wayne Feed Division of Continental Grain Company, and major suppliers of feed additives to the livestock industry.

In commenting on his appointment Fain observed, “over the course of my career I have always focused on working with companies that bring true value to customers. Hamlet Protein has a high quality product portfolio with a proven track record in markets across the world. I am particularly excited about the value proposition into young animals and the approach into AGP free diets.”

 

Hamlet Protein initiated U.S. production in 2012, in Findlay, OH. and recently completed a major investment to increase capacity applying patented enzyme and heat technology.

 

Hamlet Protein CEO Erik Visser commented: “The US animal feed market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 2.4 percent from $75 Billion in 2018 to $85 Billion in 2024. Not only will the total feed volume grow, but the need to produce more efficiently will take center stage. Consumers will drive the reduction of antibiotics in feed, which is where Hamlet Protein can play a role. We are optimistic about our potential in the North American market, considering our track record in other markets around the world.”

 

Hamlet Protein produces soy-based protein ingredients for young piglets, poultry and calves at two production plants in Denmark and the U.S.  Hamlet Protein services customers around the world through a network of sales offices and distributors. For additional information click on to the Hamlet Protein logo on the right side of the WELCOME page.


 

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FSNS ANNOUNCES 2020 FOOD SAFETY TRAINING SCHEDULE

11/11/2019

On November 6th Food Safety Net Services (FSNS) announced their course schedule for food safety training for 2002. FSNS offers certified training programs to assist the food industry meet safety and quality standards and required accreditation for personnel. The courses will provide participants with unique access to leading technical authorities.

FSNS training sessions are taught by industry experts. The following courses will be offered on dates as indicated throughout 2020 at FSNS facilities across America.

 

 

HACCP Training Course:

January 28-29 | Fresno, CA

February 20-21 | Grand Prairie, TX

March 26-27 | Logan/Salt Lake, UT

April 15-16 | Greeley, CO

May 14-15 | Columbus, OH

June 10-11 | Boise, ID

July 28-29 | Allentown, PA

August 13-14 | San Antonio, TX

September 15-16 | Los Angeles, CA

October 15-16 | Omaha, NE

October 20-21 | Green Bay, WI

November 11-12 | Atlanta, GA

December 10-11 | Phoenix, AZ

Sanitation:

February 27-28 | Fresno, CA

July 14-15 | Atlanta, GA

Microbiology and Food Safety 101 Course:

February 4 | Greeley, CO

February 25 | San Antonio, TX

March 10 | Los Angeles, CA

April 14 | Amarillo, TX

May 12 | Atlanta, GA

June 16 | Columbus, OH

July 21 | Boise, ID

August 11 | Omaha, NE

September 22 | Allentown, PA

October 6 | Phoenix, AZ

October 27 | Fresno, CA

November 3 | Green Bay, WI

December 1 | Springdale, AR

Microbiology and Food Safety 202 Course:

April 22 | San Antonio, TX

May 20 | Allentown, PA

July 15 | Greeley, CO

August 26 | Columbus, OH

November 11 | Atlanta, GA

FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food:

January 8-10 | Atlanta, GA

February 18-20 | San Antonio, TX

March 11-13 | Fresno, CA

November 16-18 | Greeley, CO

FSPCA Preventive Controls for Animal Food:

March 17-19 | Dodge City/Wichita, KS

August 18-20 | Amarillo, TX

December 16-18 | Fresno, CA

BRCGS Food - Issue 8 Sites Training and Internal Auditing:

March 24-26 | Green Bay, WI

June 23-25 | Atlanta, GA

October 6-8 | Fresno, CA

Advanced HACCP / Preventive Controls:

April 22-23 | Boise, ID

September 10-11 | Amarillo, TX

Preventive Maintenance:

TBD | Atlanta, GA

TBD | Greeley, CO

Foreign Supplier Verification Program ?November 19-20 | Greeley, CO

FSSC 22000 ?August 13-14 | Greeley, CO

Intentional Adulteration ?June 4-5 | Phoenix, AZ

SQF and Internal Auditing Training Course:

January 21-23 | San Antonio, TX

November 11-13 | Fresno, CA

Advanced SQF:

April 7-8 | Columbus, OH

October 21-22 | Grand Prairie, TX

Detailed course descriptions are available at http://fsns.com/services/education .

About Food Safety Net Services

Food Safety Net Services (FSNS), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a national network of ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratories open 24/7, 365 days a year. FSNS provides expert technical resources that assist companies with implementing food safety and quality programs that deliver critical information needed to continually improve process controls. Additional services include GFSI, SQF and PAACO, approved auditing and certification capabilities. For more information, visit <www. FSNS.com> or click on to the FSNS logo on the right side of the WELCOME page

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