Industry news 12/10/20

December 10, 2020

US egg carton shortage to extend through holidays,” was published in WattAg.


Poultry World published “Costco to ban the use of cages in its global supply chain.” The article states Costco is the first US retailer to issue a global policy, but it has not announced a completion date.

This blog from provides the outcome of a Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) lawsuit against Diestel Turkey Ranch in “DxE Smacked Down by California Court.”

Highly pathogenic avian influenza continues to spread in Europe and Asia. Britain has announced additional measures in “Strict new rules for anyone with birds to halt spread of virus,” and “France Confirms Severe Bird Flu Outbreak On Duck Farm.”

An appeal is already planned in “Judge: Labels on plant-based meat ‘potentially misleading,’” from WattAg.

After several trial court losses, with large punitive damages totally nearly $550 million, Smithfield has settled its North Carolina nuisance lawsuits in “Court upholds hog verdict; Smithfield announces settlement,” published in AP News. Smithfield appealed the three cases with the largest settlements. The judges rejected most of Smithfield’s arguments, but did agree that their financial records should not have been utilized to convince the jurors such large punitive damages were necessary. Smithfield lost all five cases that had gone to trial and at least seven more were scheduled.

UEP Member Kreher Family Farms is featured in “As fourth generation of leadership emerges, Kreher Family Farms continues building egg empire,” published in Buffalo Business First.


Zero Egg Raises $5 Million in Series A Funding,” was published in Total Food Service. Citing plant “milk” household penetration and success, Zero Egg believes egg substitutes will grow within the U.S. and plans to focus on the foodservice industry.