Cal-Maine Foods has announced a $40.1 million capital project to expand cage-free egg production at its facility in Guthrie, Kentucky.
The company plans to convert existing conventional capacity to house approximately 1.5 million cage-free hens and 300,000 pullets.
Construction work on the project – which the company plans to fund through a combination of available cash on hand, investments and operating cash flow – will begin immediately. Its completion is expected by late 2022.
“This latest expansion supports our continued efforts to position Cal-Maine Foods as an industry leader in meeting future customer goals for cage-free eggs,” said Dolph Baker, chairman and CEO of Cal-Maine Foods.
“The Guthrie location is strategically located close to a large customer footprint, which will enable us to enhance our distribution of cage-free eggs for this important market region.
“Including this latest project, we have allocated approximately $462.5 million during the prior 12 years to facilities, equipment and related operations to expand our cage-free production.”
Baker added: “Across the country, a growing number of states have passed minimum space and/or cage-free requirements with implementations ranging from January 2022 to January 2026.”
Headquartered in Mississippi, Cal-Maine Foods claims to be the largest producer and distributor of fresh shell eggs in the US. The company’s offerings span conventional, cage-free, organic and nutritionally enhanced eggs.
Last year, Cal-Maine Foods acquired egg production assets from Mahard Egg Farm in a move to increase its market presence.
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