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Cargill, Continental Grain Acquires Sanderson Farms


Minneapolis-based Cargill and New York-based Continental Grain Company has acquired Sanderson Farms through a joint venture between companies. The acquisition was announced on Aug. 9, 2021.

As a part of the closing of the transaction, Cargill and Continental Grain have combined Sanderson Farms with Wayne Farms, a subsidiary of Continental Grain, forming a new privately held poultry business. The new business, named Wayne-Sanderson Farms, will be headquartered in Oakwood, Georgia.

Clint Rivers, currently CEO of Wayne Farms, has been appointed CEO of the combined company. “I am honored to lead the new Wayne-Sanderson Farms, which brings together a talented team with complementary operations and cultures and a strong commitment to employees, farmers and the communities where we operate,” he said. “The new company is ideally positioned to continue to serve customers and consumers with high-quality and affordable products.”

Wayne-Sanderson Farms is a best-in-class U.S. poultry company with a strong operating culture and an industry-leading management team and workforce. Operating chicken processing plants and prepared foods plants across Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas, Wayne-Sanderson Farms will continue to invest in its stakeholders, workforce and in employee safety.

“It has been an incredible privilege to lead the Sanderson Farms team over the last thirty-three years and to continue my family’s legacy by helping to nourish families across the country,” said Joe F. Sanderson Jr. “I am proud of all we have achieved together, and I am confident that the fairness, honesty and integrity that has been synonymous with the Sanderson Farms name will carry on with Wayne-Sanderson Farms.” 

For more information, visit cargill.com.

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