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Daily’s new bacon factory includes planning for more growth.

NS. JOSEPH, Mon – Wes Cowins is clearly proud of what he has accomplished during his first private media tour of Daily Premium Meats’ bacon factory in St. Joseph, Missouri. But the plant manager looks to the future. “This is my favorite part,” he says shortly before opening a door to a wide field on which two thirds of the 16 hectare property is still undeveloped and is covered by a thin layer of December snow.

Back inside, is the result of a project that broke ground in May 2015 and went live a little over a year later. The $ 54 million, 114,500 square feet. The bacon processing plant has a linear production line design with plenty of room for expansion. The company’s third bacon factory, this one decidedly different, starts with the fact that the bellies it receives are literally sourced from across the street from Triumph Foods LLC’s giant pork slaughterhouse. In 2014, Triumph Foods invested $ 74 million for a 50 percent stake in Daily’s from its parent company, Seaboard Foods, based in Merriam, Kansas. It wasn’t long after the ink was dry on the deal when the decision was made to build a plant in the Midwest. The aim was to expand the Daily brand to retail and food service markets east of Denver and to complement the supply of smoked bellies for its current plants in Missoula, Montana and Salt Lake City, Utah.

“Within the last two years, both (these) plants have been running at full capacity, which obviously enabled us to build this facility,” said Kelly Hattan, Daily President. And now that the ribbon was cut in St. Joseph, “we’re going to feed Salt Lake 23 million pounds. annually, ”he adds.

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