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    Costco is getting into chicken farming

    Interesting take on a loss leader product. Rather than raise the price of their $5 rotisserie chickens, they are building out the entire supply chain. This operation is to supply 40% of their chickens.


    Costco Builds Nebraska Supply Chain For Its $5 Rotisserie Chickens

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    I heard a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth from local farmers when Walmart started doing the same thing with milk products. Maybe this is the future of food? Looks like the bigger retailers have all decided that their "edge" is to own the supply chain from end to end.
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    If you've ever been to Costco and witnessed the frenzy when the chickens come out of the oven then this make total sense. I saw it once and it still haunts me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nomorefishing View Post
    If you've ever been to Costco and witnessed the frenzy when the chickens come out of the oven then this make total sense. I saw it once and it still haunts me.
    When do they come out? I want to watch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDSwan87 View Post
    When do they come out? I want to watch!

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    No idea. We happened to be there and there were no chickens to be sold. All 8 ovens were cooking birds and once you figured out how to read the panel you can figure out when they will be done. About 30 mins before the first oven was done a line started to form. By the time they started packaging the cooked birds there were enough people there that as fast as those birds hit the shelf, they were gone. I just laughed as the wife darted to the counter and came out with 2 chickens.
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    That's pretty funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    Maybe this is the future of food?
    I sure hope not. I would like to see the supply chain go back to smaller local producers.
    Unfortunately that presents some challenges for the large urban areas.
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    They are trying to build an egg operation a couple of townships with over 2.4 million egg laying hens at a time. Only problem is they bought the land got all the environmental permits but can’t get trucks to it. All of the roads in are over a 90 degree turn if it out we’re coming in from the interstate or trying to get back out. All of the other roads are county and would need several bridges replaced and an ok to run 53ft 102 trailers.

    No transportation plan no building permit. They have been working on it for two years. All of the eggs are for Mc D’s
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    I heard a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth from local farmers when Walmart started doing the same thing with milk products. Maybe this is the future of food? Looks like the bigger retailers have all decided that their "edge" is to own the supply chain from end to end.
    Cooperate america is destroying the farmer, someday people will understand when a gallon of milk cost $15, and our politicians do absolutely nothing to help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arlen View Post
    I sure hope not. I would like to see the supply chain go back to smaller local producers.
    Unfortunately that presents some challenges for the large urban areas.
    Arlen--when i was a kid, everyone around here milked, maybe only a few cows, but still sold milk. then came them having to whitewash their barns, so some quit milking, then came the tanks they had to install in the milk house. before the tanks--it was the cans that we poured the milk into. my one pap quit when u had to build that milk house, beside the barn, and install the tank.
    now fast forward 50 yrs, and there is no one--i mean no one milking around here any more. at least in my general area. sad-i say.

    the chicken farms moved in here-15 yrs ago. first one, then 2, then 4. these eggs are supposed to go to Lancaster, Pa., and are shipped overseas----for medical experiments, now that was the first barn full. what the rest are for-i have no idea.

    they built these barns right beside my old town, i mean right beside it--boy am i glad we moved, cause in July-on a 100* day, it stinks. the township had no zones in place to prevent them, i don't know if they paid to bond the roads or not. i'm in a different township now-so................
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