Seaboard Foods History
Seaboard Foods, a division of Seaboard Corporation, has grown from a start-up operation in the early 1990s to become an integrated food producer of premium pork products. The company is a top ten pork producer and processor in the United States. As an integrated food company, Seaboard Foods controls every step from research and development in genetics to high quality meat products at our processing facilities.
Seaboard Foods' live production facilities consist of genetic and commercial breeding, farrowing, nursery and finishing buildings located in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Colorado, supported by six centrally located feed mills. Our current operations produce more than four million hogs annually, ranking Seaboard Foods as the second largest pork producer in the United States.
Seaboard Foods' state-of-the-art processing facility in Guymon, Okla., opened in 1995. It has operated at full capacity since 1997, allowing Seaboard Foods to process approximately 4.9 million hogs annually and holds a position within the top ten largest pork processors in the United States.
In July 2005, Seaboard Foods acquired Daily's® Premium Meats and its two bacon processing plants in Salt Lake City and Missoula, Mont. As a division of Seaboard Foods, Daily's® two plants produce raw and precooked bacon products. Products are sold primarily to the food service segment, although retail products are available, too.
In 2006, Seaboard Foods began to market and sell fresh pork products produced at a new pork processing plant located in St. Joseph, Mo. The plant is owned and operated by Triumph Foods. The producer-owners of the Triumph Foods plant have aligned with Seaboard Foods and follow a controlled integrated pork production model similar to the Guymon, Okla., system to ensure product consistency between the two plants.
In 2009, the newest division, Seaboard Foods de México, opened a fresh ham plant in Reynosa, Tamp., Mexico. The plant has a capacity to produce 50 to 60 million pounds of fresh boneless hams annually and uses mostly bone-in hams from the Guymon pork processing plant. The boneless hams are sold primarily to further processors and retailers in Mexico.
Seaboard Foods' integrated system provides a number of strategic advantages relative to other companies in the industry. These advantages, which result largely from significant control of the production and processing chain, allow the company to produce high quality, safe food products.
Seaboard Foods' strong commitment to research and development will continue to enhance the advantages and value-added opportunities now and into the future. The consistency and quality of Seaboard Foods pork has allowed the company to quickly gain market share in the United States, as well as become one of the leading exporters from the United States to Japan, Mexico, Korea and other premium foreign markets.
Seaboard Foods opened a biodiesel production plant in March 2008. This biodiesel plant is part of High Plains Bioenergy--a wholly owned subsidiary of Seaboard Foods. High Plains Bioenergy focuses on renewable energy sources from the Seaboard Foods integrated system. The biodiesel plant produces 30 million gallons annually and is located next to the Guymon pork processing plant. Vegetable oils and animal fat, including pork fat from the Guymon plant, are used as the feedstock for biodiesel. Biodiesel is a renewable alternative fuel produced from natural oils, such as animal fats or vegetable oils, and can be used in any concentration with petroleum-based diesel fuel in existing diesel engines with little or no modification. View this video produced by Oklahoma Horizon TV about the biodiesel plant.
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