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Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. (CMS) has purchased certain assets of Carneco Foods LLC, including a ground beef processing plant in Columbus, Neb., and 80 acres of land. The terms of the purchase, effective January 2, 2009, were not disclosed.
The Witchita, Kan.-based CMS, through its Cargill Value Added Meats (CVAM) foodservice unit, is involved in further-processed meats. For its part, Carneco Foods LLC produces frozen ground beef patties and chubs, and case ready beef products sold to food service and retail operators.
CMS purchased the Columbus facility to replace a plant in Booneville, Ark. that was destroyed by fire in March 2008, after which time the company has been considering several alternatives to replace the lost capacity. Because the design of the Carneco Foods plant and its product mix matches the capabilities of the Booneville facility, Cargill decided to pursue the acquisition.
John O'Carroll, president of CVAM/foodservice division said the transaction "is consistent with our strategy to deliver distinctive products that help our customers succeed. We look forward to a smooth transition as we build and foster relationships with employees, the surrounding community, customers and suppliers."