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BUSINESS NOTES TYSON LEGEND DIES Donald "Buddy" Wray, the former president of Tyson Foods Inc. who is credited with helping the company grow into a multibillion-dollar global food company, died Jan. 18 at the age of 78. Wray served in several executive positions over decades with Tyson Foods, including chief operating officer. John Tyson, chairman of Tyson, called Wray a legend. "He was instrumental in everything the company did for over 50 years," Tyson said. "There is no way to express what Buddy meant to the company and thousands of its team members during that time. He was also a long-time dedicated Springdale community leader who will be missed by many and long remembered." Donald Wray Tyson CEO Donnie Smith said Wray was his mentor and that he will miss his leadership, insight and friendship. "He earned the gratitude and respect of all of us here at Tyson Foods and we will never forget him," Smith said. Wray began at Tyson in 1961 as a field service representative working with growers after earning a bachelor's degree in science in animal husbandry from the Univ. of Arkansas in 1959. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Wray initially retired in 2000 after serving as president of Tyson for nine years but was asked to return to the company in 2008. Wray then served as executive vice president before retiring again in 2014. Wray was inducted into the UA Sam M. Walton College of Business' Arkansas Business Hall of Fame last year. In his induction biography, Wray said he was fortunate to go to work at a small, growing company, and "lucky to be in the right place at the right time with the right product." AI CONCERNS RISE IN INDIANA As of late January, 10 premises in Dubois County, Ind., had been affected by H7N8 avian influenza, according to state and federal animal health agencies. The discovery of the virus led to culls of 257,163 turkeys and 156,000 laying hens as of Jan. 22. In response to the findings, the Indiana Board of Animal Health (BOAH) implemented a 10-km. control area primarily in Dubois County. Officials also extended a 10-km. "surveillance zone" by an additional 10 km. The surveillance zone includes parts of Crawford, Daviess, Martin and Orange counties. Sixty-two commercial poultry farms are in the control area and 52 farms are in the added surveillance zone. All infected sites are in Dubois County, BOAH reported. 10 MEAT+ POULTRY | 02.16 | www.meatpoultry.com BOAH noted that 114 commercial farms have tested negative for influenza since Jan. 19. A total of 182 state, federal and local responders are working in Dubois County on surveillance and response efforts. State and federal surveillance teams have visited 1,248 residences in a 10-km. radius control zone around the original site to search for small, backyard flocks of birds for precautionary monitoring and testing. The teams found 46 backyard flocks and sampling is in progress. A commercial turkey flock became the first case of HPAI reported in the US since this past June. On Jan. 17, the Animal and Plant Health Service of the US Dept. of Agriculture said eight turkey flocks were infected with low-pathogenic H7N8. APHIS said low-pathogenic H7 viruses have been known to mutate into HPAI viruses in the past. But Indiana State Veterinarian Bret D. Marsh said finding the cases as low-pathogenic strains shows animal health officials are keeping pace with the spread of the virus in Dubois County. Dubois County leads Indiana's turkey production, growing 1.4 million birds annually. Indiana ranks fourth in the US in turkey production, and is a major supplier of eggs, ducks and chickens. CAGE-FREE EGG BANDWAGON GROWS LARGER Target Corp. is the latest among a flock of retailers, food manufacturers and foodservice chains announcing a transition to cage-free eggs. By 2025, the Minneapolisbased retailer said it plans to sell only cage-free shell eggs, based on available supply. The move is part of a broader commitment to sustainable sourcing. Target said it plans to partner with pork product vendors to eliminate the use of sow gestation crates by 2022. Additionally, the company said all palm oil in its exclusive branded products, including Market Pantry, Archer Farms and Simply Balanced, will be fully traceable and sustainably sourced by 2018. "When it comes to sourcing products, we take a page from our company's founder, George Dayton, who was well-known for his strong business ethics," the company said on its website. "We still aspire to the highest ethical and legal standards today, and we'll only work with vendors and suppliers who share our commitment. To make sure we meet those standards, we also work with regulators, manufacturers, industry organizations and other retailers around the world to continually set the bar higher for our industry as a whole." Target's announcement follows similar pledges in the past few weeks from ConAgra Foods, the Campbell Soup Co., Mondelez International, Wendy's, Panera and Denny's. "The momentum is unstoppable, triggered by a major cage-free announcement from McDonald's in http://www.meatpoultry.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meat + Poultry - February 2016

Meat + Poultry - February 2016
TABLE OF CONTENTS
COMMENTARY - Proud to be a partner
BUSINESS NOTES - TYSON LEGEND DIES
AI CONCERNS RISE IN INDIANA
CAGE-FREE EGG BANDWAGON GROWS LARGER
COBB-VANTRESS TO INVEST $22M IN FEED MILL
NAFTA PARTNERS SIGN AI AGREEMENT
WALMART TO CLOSE 269 STORES
SIMMONS ANNOUNCES EXPANSION
WASHINGTON - An unanswerable question, naturally
COVER STORY - CULTIVATING PARTNERSHIPS
THE SAUSAGE REPORT - Sausage du jour
Transcending tradition
The numbers
Banking on hot dogs
FOOD SAFETY - A dangerous directive
CDC: SALMONELLA A GROWING THREAT IN GROUND BEEF
PACKAGING SOLUTIONS - In pursuit of packaging
AT HOME, A HIGH DEMAND FOR CASE-READY
INGREDIENT ISSUES - All over the map
SMALL BUSINESS MATTERS - Sizeable obstacles
MEAT-MINDED - TAKIN' BACON TO NEW PLACES
INNOVATION INSIGHT - EPIC future
LABOR - Reducing workplace violence
SHOWCASE
NAMES IN THE NEWS
CLASSIFIEDS
ADVERTISERS
THE INSIDER

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