Egg Industry - February 2018 - 30
30 ❙ EggIndustry
THE WORLD'S LEADING EGG PRODUCERS
6 million hens
ISE America is an integrated egg laying
and production operation. As of December 31, 2017, it has
nearly 6 million layers, as well as its own feed mill and
shell egg processing plants. It also performs further egg
processing, including fresh frozen eggs, liquid eggs and
hard-cooked eggs. The company is a subsidiary of ISE
Inc., headquartered in Japan. ISE Inc. entered the chicken
genetics and breeding industries in Japan in 1912.
5.2 million hens
Kreider Farms supplies shell eggs to supermarkets and wholesalers in the northeastern U.S. and
sells cage-free eggs under the Noah's Pride brand. Kreider
is the largest egg producer in Pennsylvania with facilities in Mount Joy, Manheim, Middletown and Mount
Pleasant. As of December 31, 2017, the company's layer
flock included 5.2 million hens. Kreider produces white
and brown eggs, conventionally raised and cage-free eggs,
organic eggs and nutritionally enhanced eggs.
SIX OF THE 10 largest egg
companies in the world are
headquartered in the U.S.
5.18 million hens
Opal Foods, an entity created by Visalia,
California-based private equity fund AGR Partners, was
launched in May 2014 with the acquisition of Moark's
Midwest operations. As of December 31, 2017, its layer
flock included 5.18 million hens.
On April 4, 2017, Opal Foods suffered significant
losses because of a storm that hit its egg operations in
Neosho, Missouri. The company lost three poultry houses
to straight-line winds. An estimated 600,000 chickens
inside those houses were also lost, according to a Nextar
Broadcasting report. It was estimated that it will cost
about US$2.4 million to replace the lost structures and an
additional US$4 million to replace the lost hens.
In September 2017, the company received the Grow
Neosho expansion award in honor of its new corporate
"Opal Foods' new corporate headquarters represents
an investment of over US$1.4 million dollars," Brock
Peterson, president, Opal Foods, said to the Neosho Daily.
"This investment has created a central headquarters of
over 17,000 square feet to house the management and
operations teams, which oversee multiple egg farm operations in Missouri and Colorado."
The company has 350 employees, most of which are
in the Neosho area. The company specializes in all-natural, organic, cage-free and all-natural eggs with omega 3s.
Opal Foods also provides Land O' Lakes with all-natural
4.9 million hens
Gemperle Farms produces all varieties of
eggs including organic, cage-free, omega 3, cage-free fertile
and brown and white enriched colony barn eggs. All of its
eggs are produced without hormones and antibiotics. As of
December 31, 2017, the company's layer flock included 4.9
million hens. The Stanislaus County, California, farm announced the firm's conversion to 100 percent cage-free egg
production will be accelerated and completed by 2023. The
company previously had committed to completing the conversion by 2024 in an announcement last year.
4.5 million hens
Sunrise Farms Inc. is an Iowa egg producer owned by Sonstegard Foods. The parent company
produces and markets shell eggs as well as liquid,
frozen and powdered egg products. Sonstegard Food
Group is third-generation family-owned and has operations in six states. As of December 31, 2017, its layer
flock included 4.5 million hens. ■
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