Op­ti­mistic about profit Ex­tend­ing the cage free com­mit­ment

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Op­ti­mistic about profit

Even though prof­its are down by 20% year on tear, the world’s sec­ond largest chicken pro­ducer, Brazil­ian-owned Pil­grim’s Pride, has posted a US$90 mil­lion profit for the first quar­ter of this year.

For the pe­riod 1 Jan­uary to 31 March 2017, the com­pany re­ported a net profit of Us$93,9-mil­lion, and re­mains bullish about fu­ture growth prospects. It hopes the im­proved re­sults of its large debon­ing op­er­a­tions will con­tinue de­liv­er­ing on the first quar­ter’s con­tri­bu­tion.¡

Ex­tend­ing the cage­free com­mit­ment

Mon­delēz In­ter­na­tional, one of the world’s largest snacks com­pa­nies with more than 100 iconic brands in­clud­ing Cad­bury and Nabisco, has been praised for ex­tend­ing its cage­free egg com­mit­ment glob­ally. The com­pany had pre­vi­ously set time­lines for sourc­ing ex­clu­sively cage-free eggs in Europe, Canada and the United States.

The up­dated com­mit­ment, which now in­cludes Latin Amer­ica, Asia, the Mid­dle East and Africa, states the com­pany will fully tran­si­tion in the United States and Canada by 2020, and in Europe and the rest of the world by 2025, ex­cept for Rus­sia, Ukraine and China. The com­pany will es­tab­lish time­lines for those three na­tions by mid-2018.

“We con­grat­u­late Mon­delēz In­ter­na­tional for its lead­er­ship in an­i­mal wel­fare, par­tic­u­larly in emerg­ing mar­kets,” said Chetana Mirle, di­rec­tor of HSI Farm An­i­mals. “The com­pany’s ex­panded cage-free pol­icy is a clear sign that bat­tery cages have no place in the global food in­dus­try. We look for­ward to work­ing with Mon­delēz In­ter­na­tional, and other com­pa­nies, to achieve a 100 per­cent cage-free egg sup­ply across the world.”

Tyson’s no to an­tibi­otics

One of the USA’S big­gest poul­try pro­duc­ers, Tyson Foods, has an­nounced its in­ten­tion to com­pletely erad­i­cate the use of hu­man an­tibi­otics in chicken pro­duc­tion by Septem­ber this year.

The an­nounce­ment fol­lows sim­i­lar state­ments by other large food pro­duc­ers, in­clud­ing Cargill, Pil­grim’s Pride and Per­due Farms, to put an end to the use of an­tibi­otics in meat pro­duc­tion.

The com­pa­nies have com­mit­ted to us­ing al­ter­na­tive medicines and meth­ods to keep their flocks healthy, in­clud­ing se­lec­tive breed­ing tech­niques and im­prove­ments to hous­ing con­di­tions.¡

Cobb launches an­i­mal wel­fare web­site

Cobb-vantress, Inc. has launched a new web­site ded­i­cated to an­i­mal wel­fare, high­light­ing the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to the care of chick­ens through its many ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams, flock man­age­ment and poul­try health ini­tia­tives.

“We’re tak­ing a proac­tive ap­proach,” said Joel Sap­pen­field, pres­i­dent. “Sites like this are im­por­tant be­cause they allow us to be trans­par­ent with our di­rect cus­tomers, con­sumers and the poul­try in­dus­try.”

Cobb’s goal is to pro­vide a tool that can be used for ed­u­ca­tion and to pro­vide an in-depth look at the com­pany’s pro­grams.

“Cobb has a long­stand­ing com­mit­ment to an­i­mal wel­fare, and we wanted a place where we could eas­ily share in­for­ma­tion about our ef­forts, such as our train­ing pro­grams, re­search and de­vel­op­ment, dis­ease pre­ven­tion, care and han­dling pro­ce­dures,” said Dr Kate Barger, vet­eri­nar­ian and Cobb di­rec­tor of world an­i­mal wel­fare.

The new, in­ter­ac­tive web­site is di­vided into three sec­tions: Ed­u­ca­tion and Aware­ness, Healthy Birds and Cobb Cares. Each sec­tion fea­tures in­for­ma­tion, pho­tos and videos on Cobb’s prac­tices to ad­vance an­i­mal wel­fare in each of these three ar­eas.

Vis­i­tors to the web­site can also get a de­tailed look at Cobb’s com­mit­ment and in­no­va­tive ap­proach to re­search and de­vel­op­ment, dis­ease pre­ven­tion, safe han­dling at farms and hatch­eries, trans­porta­tion and biose­cu­rity pro­grams.

The web­site can be ac­cessed at cob­b­cares.com or by vis­it­ing cobb-vantress.com un­der the ‘About Cobb’ tab.¡

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