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Written by John Lindt - contributor
It’s a done deal after nearly a year of wrangling over the assets of Zacky Farms.
Livingston-based Foster Farms has completed the acquisition of 19 poultry ranches in the Central Valley, purchased as part of Zacky Farms’ bankruptcy settlement proceedings, says the company in a statement released this month.
The new ranches join hundreds of Foster Farms-owned facilities in California and more than 39 family-owned farms in Oregon and Washington. The new Central Valley ranches will allow Foster Farms to meet growing demand for the company’s California-grown, antibiotic-free, Certified Organic and free-range fresh chicken and turkey products.
The Central California ranch acquisitions come amid Foster Farms’ recent expansion in Merced County and the development of a new organic feed mill. Foster Farms remains family-owned and celebrates its 80th anniversary this year.
“From the start, Foster Farms has steadily grown through strategic purchases of highly desired land, poultry ranches and facilities in the West Coast and beyond,” said Ira Brill, Foster Farms’ vice president of communications. “Our continued growth in California helps to increase the availability of our premium antibiotic-free, Certified Organic and free-range chicken and turkey products for our valued retail customers and ultimately, to West Coast families who prefer Foster Farms for their chicken and turkey meals.”
The ranches are mostly in Kings and Fresno counties.