Cal-Maine and Rose Acre have formed a joint venture in egg processing

Cal-Maine and Rose Acre have formed a joint venture in egg processing

US egg processor Cal-Maine Foods is to set up a production joint venture with local peer Rose Acre Farms.

The two will build and operate a shell egg production in Texas called Red River Valley Egg Farm.

The plans for the new facility provide for capacity of approximately 1.8m laying hens. However, the site is permitted for up to 2.9m birds.

Operations are expected to start in August, with the new facility expected to create between 80 and 100 jobs.

Dolph Baker, chairman, president and CEO of Cal-Maine Foods, said the company was responding to increased "customer demand for cage-free and other speciality eggs".

"Considering the uncertain regulatory framework in our industry right now, it made sense to partner with Rose Acre Farms to share the costs and mitigate the risk of such a large-scale aviary style egg production facility. The additional capacity provided by Red River Valley Egg Farm will significantly increase the availability of cage-free and other speciality eggs and egg products. We look forward to working with Rose Acre Farms on this venture."

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Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. Announces New Joint Venture with Rose Acre Farms, Inc. in Texas
JACKSON, Miss.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 9, 2015-- Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) today announced the Company has entered into a production joint venture with Rose Acre Farms, Inc. Based in Seymour, Indiana, Rose Acre Farms, Inc. has 17 processing operations in six states and has been family-owned and operated since 1964.

This new joint venture, known as Red River Valley Egg Farm, LLC, will build and operate a state of the art shell egg production complex near Bogata, Red River County, Texas. The current plans for the new facility provide for capacity of approximately 1.8 million laying hens, however the site is permitted for up to 2.9 million birds. Red River Valley Egg Farm, LLC will license and utilize Rose Acre Farms’ patent-pending cage-free aviary designs and systems. Construction has commenced and initial operations of the new complex are expected to begin in August 2015. Red River Valley Egg Farm, LLC will create approximately 80 to 100 new jobs in Red River County, Texas.

Commenting on the announcement, Dolph Baker, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., stated, “We are pleased to enter into this production joint venture with Rose Acre Farms to expand our production capabilities and respond to increased customer demand for cage-free and other specialty eggs. Considering the uncertain regulatory framework in our industry right now, it made sense to partner with Rose Acre Farms to share the costs and mitigate the risk of such a large-scale aviary style egg production facility. The additional capacity provided by Red River Valley Egg Farm will significantly increase the availability of cage-free and other specialty eggs and egg products. We look forward to working with Rose Acre Farms on this venture.”

Marcus Rust, chief executive officer of Rose Acre Farms, Inc., added, “We are proud to partner with Cal-Maine Foods in this new joint venture. Red River Valley Egg Farm provides a unique opportunity to leverage our combined strengths and capitalize on the growing demand for specialty eggs. This joint venture will allow us to better serve customers who are looking for a trusted supplier of cage-free eggs.”

Red River County Judge Morris Harville (recently retired), of Bogata, Texas, has been involved in the development and permitting of Red River Valley Egg Farm complex. Harville stated, “We are honored to be have been selected as the site for this very important new egg production complex. This project will bring new jobs and economic opportunities to Red River County and is the best chance the citizens of Bogata and Red River County have had to improve their living conditions.”

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. is primarily engaged in the production, grading, packing and sale of fresh shell eggs, including conventional, cage-free, organic and nutritionally-enhanced eggs. The Company, which is headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest producer and distributor of fresh shell eggs in the United States and sells the majority of its shell eggs in approximately 29 states across the southwestern, southeastern, mid-western and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.

Original source: Cal-Maine Foods