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Costco Eggs See a Change of Venue

Touch the Soil News #803 (Feature photo – Hutterite women return from working in the fields at sunset – Rainer Mueller – CCA 3.0) Making history in the U.S. is the unusual business arrangement by Costco with Hutterite colonies of Montana to grow, grade and pack organic eggs. News outlets have been abuzz with the recent opening of a 58,000 square foot facility ($9 million cost) that will process more than 280 million eggs a year. Located in Great Falls, Montana, the facility will supply Costco with Montana-grown, free-rage, organic eggs. The eggs are sourced exclusively from over 30 Hutterite colonies in Montana which together make up the ownership of…

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Weird Battle for Food Dollars

Touch the Soil News #576 (Feature photo courtesy of Lincoln Premium Poultry) Generally speaking, grocery retailers don’t get into meat processing – chickens in specifics. They leave it to industrial giants like Tyson. Tyson process about 1.8 billion chickens a year – about 20 percent of the nation’s chicken meat. Enter Costco. Costco is the largest “membership only” club in the world with 85 million members. Costco recently announced the scope of its planned chicken processing plant in Fremont, Nebraska. Why Fremont? Fremont is located in the center of the United States and close to Interstate 80 – one of the oldest and most heavily traveled truck routes between the…

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World’s Largest Costco – An Experience

Touch the Soil News #535 Recently, we heard that the world’s largest Costco was in Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake metropolitan area is an asphalt jungle that meanders along the Wasatch Front (mountain range) for over 125 miles. This sprawling metropolitan region is home to 2.5 million people. Following developments in the food chain made us curious about what it’s like in perhaps the largest grocery (and other goods) store in the nation. At 235,000 square feet, we arrived at the largest Costco on a Wednesday – hoping it would be easy to get into. Ironically, the parking lot was full, but when we got inside it was not…

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