Egg Industry - October 2017 - 24
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to the rise of other companies. DeCoster, and its affiliated companies in Iowa, Maine and Ohio, were dissolved
in 2011 when Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son, Peter
DeCoster, left the egg business. In 2010, the DeCoster companies formed the third largest egg producer in the country.
DeCoster's Iowa operations were snared in a massive,
Salmonella-related egg recall in 2010 and its Maine farms
were targeted as part of an undercover animal activist video
exposé. In 2014, the father-and-son pair pleaded guilty to
selling contaminated eggs from their Iowa operations.
In 2011, the DeCoster assets were divided up among
Moark LLC, which overtook operations in Maine;
Centrum Valley Farms, which overtook operations in
Iowa; and the Ohio operations went to a group of Iowa
egg farmers lead by JT Dean.
Moark, sold by Land O'Lakes Inc. after years of operating
losses, was split between Opal Foods; the Southern California
Egg Cooperative; and Hillandale Farms in 2014 and 2015.
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