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Patton explained the need to expand the capacity there
due to an anticipated increase in demand for eggs from
cage-free laying systems. 
Also in September, Cal-Maine Foods reported a $45.8
million loss for the first quarter of fiscal year 2020, citing
costs related to decommissioning some of its older, less efficient production facilities as it continues to invest in facilities
for the production of cage-free and other specialty eggs.
The $45.8 million loss is compared with a net income
of $12.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.
In July, the company reported a net loss of $19.8
million for the fourth quarter of its 2019 fiscal year,
which ended June 1. A 36.7% decline in net sales was also
reported for the quarter. The net loss for the quarter was a
drastic switch from the net income of $71.8
million for the fourth quarter of the 2018
fiscal year. For the full year, Cal-Maine
reported a net income of $54.2 million,
down substantially from $125.9 million
for the 2018 fiscal year.
Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 were $280.6
million, compared with $443.1 million for the fourth quarter
of fiscal 2018. For the fiscal year, net sales were $1.36 billion
compared with $1.5 billion for the previous fiscal year. 
Other approved expansion projects that were
announced in March include adding pullets and cagefree capacity for 1 million hens in Pittsburg, Texas, and
building new cage-free pullet housing in Zephyrhills,
Florida. The total expenditure for these new expansion
projects, including the facility in Utah, is $148 million.
Cal-Maine produces caged brown and white eggs,
cage-free white and brown eggs, organic and free-range
eggs, as well as specialty products. Most of its shell eggs
are sold in the southwestern, southeastern, Midwestern
and mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. Cal-Maine sells shell
eggs to most American retailers.

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Rose Acre Farms, 26.60 million hens
In addition to table eggs, family-owned Rose Acre
Farms produces a variety of egg products ranging

from liquid eggs and dried eggs to egg protein powder. As
of Dec. 31, 2019, it had 26.6 million laying hens.
A class-action lawsuit that claimed a conspiracy to
limit the United States egg supply and drive up prices was
rejected on Dec. 12, 2019, by a federal jury in the U.S.
District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of supermarket chains
Kroger, Giant Eagle, Publix, H-E-B, Safeway, WinnDixie, Albertsons Cos., Hy-Vee, Walgreens, SuperValu,
Roundys and A&P. The plaintiffs alleged that Rose Acre
Farms and United Egg Producers (UEP) conspired with
others in order to raise shell egg prices, including that
the defendants created an animal welfare program - the
UEP certified program - as a pretext to raise egg prices.

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According to a press release from Porter Wright, the
law firm representing Rose Acre Farms, the case dated
back to 2008, when various egg buyers filed a class action
lawsuit against 13 egg producers. The jury deliberated for
a day and a half before reaching the verdict in favor of the
egg industry. UEP hailed the decision.
In October 2019, Seymore, Indiana, newspaper The
Tribune reported that, "Rose Acre Farms' Jen Acre
Egg Farm has partnered with the Jennings County Jail,
providing inmates an opportunity to gain work experience and financial stability before being released from
custody." Inmates enrolled in the program have the chance
to be at the egg farm part time, working in the processing
facility and cage-free chicken houses. The idea came from
a similar program already going on at Rose Acre Farms'
Iowa locations, the report said. 
Also in October, it was reported that Rose Acre farms
would provide cage-free eggs to EggLife Foods Inc. for its
tortilla product that is grain- and dairy-free. 
After the egg recall in 2018, Rose Acre Farms has
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Egg Industry - February 2020
Ranking the largest US egg-producing companies in 2020
Additional cage-free hens increase total US hen flock
Top 20 US egg producers in 2020
Midwest Poultry Federation Convention 2020: Poultry’s future
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