JBS Pulls Plug on Planterra Foods U.S. Plant-Based Meat Operation
Meat giant JBS has pulled the plug on its US plant-based meat division Planterra Foods just over two years after debuting the ‘OZO’ brand at Kroger in summer 2020, and is closing a 189,000 square foot factory it opened in Denver in December 2021.
The move was first reported by the on Saturday, a day after the company filed a notice of its plans with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
‘We continue to believe in the potential of plant-based options for consumers’...
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Wenzel's Farm Wins CStore Decisions' 2022 Hot New Product
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McDonald's USA x Cactus Plant Flea Market
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Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2022 Highlights
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The highest hog slaughter since early January and the increase in supply pressured pork prices lower overall, with retail product seeing the biggest impact.
Steiner and Company produces the Profit Maximizer report on behalf of National Pork Board based on information we believe is accurate and reliable. However neither NPB nor Steiner and Company warrants or guarantees the accuracy of or accepts any liability for the data, opinions or recommendations expressed.
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