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Top 100 THIS YEAR’S TOP 100 RANKING REFLECTS THE INDUSTRY’S EVOLUTION DURING CHALLENGING TIMES BY JOEL CREWS A s is the case each year when opment is reflected in BPI dropping early 2013 after bidding $66.6 mil- Meat&Poultry publishes its from the No. 27 position in 2012 to lion for the country’s second-largest ranking of processing companies with No. 63 in 2013 with sales that slipped pork production company. Also in operations in the North America, most from $1.1 billion the previous year to January, JBS USA, No. 2 on the list, of the fi rms listed are the same as the approximately $400 million this year. announced it would acquire the XL previous year. Slight position shifts On a positive note, companies such Foods’ Lakeside beef processing plant, are typical, based on sales as reported as Branding Iron Holdings (parent of after it had taken over the management by the company or as estimated by in- Huisken Meat Co., Holton Meat Inc. of the plant following a massive E. co- house research of the company’s sales. and Rochester Meat Co.) reported in- li-related recall at the facility. For the 2013 Top 100 ranking, creased sales of $50 million to $340 In other acquisition news, top- some of the biggest shifts in posi- million, moving up to No. 72 from ranked Tyson Foods, Inc., acquired tions are the result of the past year’s No. 84 last year. Closer to the top of the assets of Don Julio Foods this hurdles faced by the industry, past month, expanding its of- including fallout from historic ferings to the growing Hispanic drought conditions in the US population. and unprecedented backlash A new plant is in the works over technology used to manu- for No. 20-ranked Sanderson facture specific products. Some Farms. The company, which top companies, including No. reported sales of $2.39 billion 3-ranked Cargill Meat Solu- for this year’s list, recently an- tions maintained positions in nounced plans to build a poultry this year’s ranking while mak- production and processing com- ing strategic operational chang- plex in and around Palestine, es to adapt to rising feed costs, Texas, after scrapping plans to drought conditions and a shrink- undertake a similar project in ing national cattle herd. Nash County, NC. In early 2013, Cargill an- M a i nt a i n i ng a posit ion nounced it would shut down op- among the industry’s top com- erations at its Plainview, Tex- panies through each year’s un- as, beef plant where 2,000 jobs foreseeable bumps and un- were eliminated due to supply short- avoidable market cycles is never a up one position to No. 6 after report- given and this year was no exception. the wake of the Pink Slime debacle of ing sales of $8.2 billion compared to Editor’s Note: The arduous task of re- 2012, Beef Products Inc., once a lead- $7.9 billion the previous year. The searching and collecting the facts and ing supplier of lean, fi nely textured company also made news this past figures that go into M&P’s annual Top beef, closed three processing plants in January after acquiring the Skippy 100 is boldly spearheaded by Dana Holt, three states. The closures were the re- Peanut Butter line in a deal valued at manager of directories with Sosland Pub- sult of losing key retail and fast-food- $700 million. Hormel wasn’t the only lishing Co. along with Mindy Meyer, based customers responding to public company in acquisition mode. Cana- information services coordinator. Their scrutiny over the technology used to da’s Olymel L.P., ranked No. 18 again attention to detail and tireless efforts are manufacture its products. This devel- 16 the list, Hormel Foods Corp. jumped ages and rising feed costs. Likewise, in this year, acquired Big Sky Farms in appreciated. • Meat&Poultry • March 2013 •

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meat&Poultry - March 2013

Meat&Poultry - March 2013
Table of Contents
Commentary - Food-safety déjà vu
Business Notes - Vilsack details sequester impact on meat industry
More horse meat detected in European products
Smithfield, Kansas City Sausage form jv
Tyson addresses plant closure, acquisitions
Sanderson to build poultry complex in Texas
USDA expected to OK horse-slaughter plant
Washington - Consequences of inspection cuts
Top 100 - This year's Top 100 ranking reflects the industry's evolution during challenging times
Corporate Citizenship - Sustainability-driven
Small Business Matters - Aiming to please
Ingredient Solutions - Accent on adventure
Pork Processing - Hog ties
Tools of the Trade - Cool Birds
Packaging Solutions - MAP mindsets
Show Preview - Worldwide welcome
From the Corral - Slow and steady improvements
Names in the News
New Product Showcase
Classified Advertising
The Insider

Meat&Poultry - March 2013