Cargill acquires assets of Carneco Foods LLC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2008
Contact: Rebecca Hayne, (316) 291-2126
WICHITA, Kansas – Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation (“CMS”) announced today it has purchased certain assets of Carneco Foods LLC, including a ground beef processing plant in Columbus, Neb., and 80 acres of land. The terms of the purchase, effective January 2, 2009, were not disclosed.
CMS, through its Cargill Value Added Meats (CVAM) Food Service unit is involved in further-processed meats. Carneco Foods LLC produces frozen ground beef patties and chubs, and case ready beef products sold to food service and retail operators.
CMS purchased the Columbus facility to replace a plant in Booneville, Ark. that was destroyed by fire on March 23, 2008. Since the fire, the company has been considering several alternatives to replace the lost capacity. Because the design of the Carneco Foods plant and its product mix matches the capabilities of the Booneville facility, Cargill decided to pursue the acquisition.
Said John O’Carroll, president of CVAM--Foodservice, “This transaction is consistent with our strategy to deliver distinctive products that help our customers succeed. We look forward to a smooth transition as we build and foster relationships with employees, the surrounding community, customers and suppliers.”
Cargill is an international provider of food, agricultural and risk management products and services. With 160,000 employees in 67 countries, the company is committed to using its knowledge and experience to collaborate with customers to help them succeed. For more information, visit http://www.cargill.com/.