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made many changes to sanitation procedures, equipment and employee protocol to minimize risk at its Hyde
County facility in North Carolina. Changes included division of the facility, equipment modifications, staff training
and engagement exercises, improvements to the nonfood
contact areas of the facility, such as the floor and inedible
egg area, and many other changes. 
In August, Unilever reached a deal with Rose Acre Farms
in an antitrust lawsuit that alleged egg companies conspired
to fix prices. Terms of the settlement were not revealed.
Rose Acre Farms, along with fellow egg companies
R.W. Sauder Inc. and Ohio Fresh Eggs LLC, were cleared
of the allegations by a Pennsylvania federal jury in 2018.
According to a Law 360 report, the jury at the time
concluded that R.W. Sauder and Ohio Fresh Eggs were not
involved in any antitrust conspiracy, while Rose Acre Farms
was found to have participated in a conspiracy. However,
the judge ruled that Rose Acre being part of what was a
conspiracy was not enough to find the company liable.
The ruling that Rose Acre was not liable was appealed,
and that appeal was upheld, but the settlement was
reached, thus ending the litigation.
On March 25, 2019, Rose Acre Farms' new laboratory
to test samples from the company's flocks was used for the
first time. The laboratory is in a building it purchased two
years ago near its corporate office in Seymour, Indiana,
replacing the old lab near its former headquarters near
Cortland, Indiana, reported the Seymour Tribune.
In January 2019, after a renovation of the building,
equipment was brought in. At the facility, samples from
Rose Acre Farms' layer, breeder and pullet farms are
tested for Salmonella enteritidis and other pathogens.

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Versova Holdings LLC, 21.10 million hens

Versova Holdings was formed in 2016. It is
comprised of Centrum Valley Farms, Trillium
Farms and Iowa Cage Free. As of Dec. 31, 2019, the
company's layer flock included 21.1 million laying hens.
It produces caged and cage-free white and brown eggs,
along with liquid egg products.

4

Hillandale Farms, 20.00 million hens

Founded in 1958, Hillandale Farms is one of the
U.S.'s leading suppliers of shell eggs. It has production facilities in the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast and
supplies retailers and distributors throughout the eastern U.S.
It is an Eggland's Best franchisee. As of Dec. 31, 2019, it had
20 million laying hens.
In December 2019, two companies providing temporary workers for a Hillandale Farms plant in Bozrah,
Connecticut, were fined by the Connecticut Department
of Labor's Wage and Workplace Standards Division.
Five Brothers 1, based in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, and
Whitmore Poultry, based in Orange, Massachusetts,
admitted to improperly classifying workers as independent contractors for their work at the Hillandale facility,
the labor agency stated in a press release. Both companies
provided hundreds of workers for Hillandale.
Five Brothers 1 was fined $180,600, while Whitmore
Poultry was fined $90,000. Hillandale Farms was not fined,
because state law holds the employer of record responsible,
rather than the company that hired the subcontractors.

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Daybreak Foods, 14.00 million hens

Daybreak Foods Inc. is privately held and is
involved in shell egg and egg products production. It
produces conventional white eggs and liquid egg products.
As of Dec. 31, 2019, it had 14 million laying hens.
In April 2019, it was reported that Daybreak Foods'
construction of a new egg production complex in Lake
Mills, Wisconsin, was progressing, with three new pullet
buildings populated and processing equipment starting to
arrive at the new plant, which had been erected. The plant
was expected to be running in July 2019.
On July 24, 2019, the founder of Daybreak Foods, Robert
C. Rehm, died at age 83. He started the egg company in 1965. 
In September, the Lake Mills Town Board in Lake
Mills, Wisconsin, approved an under-the-road permit
for Daybreak Foods, but failed to reach an agreement on
allowing the egg company the permit needed for an overthe-road feed conveyor.
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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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