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representatives signed the letter during a ceremony in Los Cabos, Mexico. The LOU creates a working group of animal health officials and representatives of poultry and egg industries from all three countries. The group will serve as a forum for regular scientific discussions on avian influenza. The LOU also establishes clear objectives for enhanced cooperation between the North American Free Trade partners in areas including technical information on AI prevention, control, preparedness and recovery. "Mexico and Canada represent the lion's share of our poultry and egg trade," said Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC). "Together, these two markets account for more than twothirds of all US turkey exports, nearly two-thirds of our egg trade, and a third of our broiler exports - an annual value of almost $2 billion. That's about one-third of the value of all US poultry and egg exports in any given year." The signing ceremony is the result of discussions begun in late 2014 in Washington between USAPEEC and the Union Nacional de Avicultores (UNA), trade organizations that represent the interests of the poultry industries in the US and Mexico. WALMART TO CLOSE 269 STORES Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced plans to close 269 stores across the world, including all 102 Wal-Mart Express outlets. The move follows a strategic review of the company's portfolio that has been underway since last fall. As part of that review, Walmart executives looked at the retailer's nearly 11,600 worldwide stores, examining financial performance as well as strategic alignment with long-term plans. In total, the affected stores represent less than 1 percent of both global square footage and revenue, Walmart said.  "Actively managing our portfolio of assets is essential to maintaining a healthy business," said Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores. "Closing stores is never an easy decision, but it is necessary to keep the company strong and positioned for the future. It's important to remember that we'll open well more than 300 stores around the world next year. So we are committed to growing, but we are being disciplined about it." Walmart's latest plans call for the closing of 154 locations in the US, including the company's 102 smallest format stores, Wal-Mart Express, which had been in pilot since 2011. Walmart said it instead will focus on strengthening Supercenters, optimizing Neighborhood Markets, growing its e-commerce business and expanding pickup services for customers. The closings also include 23 Neighborhood Markets, 12 Supercenters, seven stores in Puerto Rico, six discount centers and four Sam's Clubs. 12 MEAT+ POULTRY | 02.16 | www.meatpoultry.com Photo: Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com BUSINESS NOTES Internationally, Walmart said it is following a "disciplined strategy" of managing its portfolio. The company plans to close 115 stores outside the US, including 60 recently closed, loss-making stores in Brazil, which represent 5 percent of sales in that market. The remaining 55 stores are primarily small, loss-making stores in other Latin American markets, Walmart said. Despite the closings, Walmart said it remains committed to growth and plans to open stores worldwide in the coming fiscal year. Domestically, Walmart intends to open 50 to 60 Supercenters and 85 to 95 Neighborhood Markets in fiscal 2017, which begins Feb. 1. In the same period, Sam's Club plans to open in seven to 10 new locations. Internationally, Walmart intends to open between 200 and 240 stores during the coming fiscal year. The decision in total will affect approximately 16,000 associates, about 10,000 of them in the United States. More than 95 percent of the closed stores in the US are within 10 miles on average of another Walmart, and the company said it hopes associates will be placed in nearby locations. Where that isn't possible, the company said it will provide 60 days of pay and, if eligible, severance, as well as resume and interview skills training. SIMMONS ANNOUNCES EXPANSION Officials with Simmons Prepared Foods announced that the poultry company is leasing new space at Zero Mountain, a warehousing and refrigerated storage business in Fort Smith, Ark. The company expects to create 100 jobs to support the expansion. Donnie Epp, communications director for Simmons, said the space will include further processing and portioning operations along with limited cold storage. Job opportunities at the facility will include maintenance, production, management and quality assurance positions. Simmons Foods also recently announced plans to increase hourly pay at many of its facilities to support employee recruiting and retention. The company is a poultry processor with self-reported sales of $740 million. For the latest news or to register to receive M + P's daily e-newsletters, visit MEATPOULTRY.com http://www.Shutterstock.com http://www.MEATPOULTRY.com 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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