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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.¡