Headquarted in Thailand, Betagro Group was founded in 1967 under the name of Betagro Co. Limited to produce and distribute animal feed. The company started its business with its first feed mill in Pra Pradaeng, Samut Prakan Province. The group has grown substantially ever since; first, establishing a livestock production facility in Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima Province and then expanding further into the integrated agricultural sector with a complete production base in Lop Buri Province, which includes everything from manufacturing feed and livestock farming to animal breeding and manufacturing and distributing animal health products.
The pork production segment consists of 120,000 sows with plans to expand. Betagro Group is focused on producing premium quality food products for export and domestic consumption.
The Carthage System
The Carthage System includes 175,000 sows and over 150 family farms. Research facilities include 6,000 sows, while nursery and finishing help in the drive for continuous improvement. Carthage believes in continued growth and land-based ownership. The premium pork producer works with multiple packers in seven different states to market both domestically and internationally.
One of the largest family-owned pork producers in the United States, Christensen Farms relies on the dedication of employees, contract farmers and producing partners. With 142,500 sows in production in multiple states, the company will only add production if it fits into their integrated model.
Christensen Farms is part of the Triumph Foods Group, which recently added a second shift at their new Seaboard Triumph Foods Sioux City, Iowa, plant.
COFCO, a large state-owned enterprise, was ranked 122 out of the top 500 companies in the world by Fortune magazine in 2017. The company’s annual operating revenue reached $69.7 billion yuan or $10 billion USD.
COFCO Meat is one of 19 specialized company platforms in COFCO Group. COFCO Meat owns hog farms, two slaughtering plants and two meat processing plants strategically located across China. COFCO Meat carries out a vertically integrated value chain and strict procedures for supervisory control policy in their production system.
In the last couple of years, COFCO Meat had invested heavily into developing its swine production base. Pork production now covers six different provinces and total market hog production capacity reached 4 million head in 2018 with plans to expand to 10 million by 2020.
Costa Group is a leading Spanish family-owned agri-food group founded in 1966. In 2016 and 2017, Costa Group decided to go into the meat business in order to integrate the whole chain by acquiring a slaughter/packing plant and a pork processed meat plant.
Now the second-largest pig producer in the country and one of the main animal agriculture operations in Europe, Costa Food Group has more than 600 associated farms that have created 1,800 jobs, feed production of 4 million kilograms per day, 120,000 sows and 2.8 million market hogs.
Eichelberger Farms started in the late-1970s. Now part of the Triumph Foods owners’ group, they have grown to a 54,000-sow operation with nurseries and finishers.
Eichelberger has seen growth in packing this year with the second shift opening at the Triumph Seaboard Sioux City, Iowa, plant. The producer also has partnerships in packing plants in Missouri and Iowa, producing pork for both domestic and international trade.
An integrated food company producing premium pork products for both the domestic and international markets, the Hanor Co. started in 1996 and is part of the Triumph food system. This past year Hanor’s production grew by 30,000 sows, from 70,000 to 100,000, with nurseries and finishers following.
With 225 dedicated employees, the company is doing business in multiple states and also saw the addition of the second shift at the Triumph Seaboard Foods plant in Sioux City, Iowa, in 2018.
Muyuan Foodstuff was established in 1992 and specializes in hog production, being the second largest pork producer in China. The company was listed in Shenzhen Stock Exchange Market in 2014 and owns 90 subsidiary companies (most are swine farms) across the country. Managing over 550,000 sows, the company also owns two nationally designated GGP farms plus three GP farms with over 8,000 purebred sows.
Over the last 25 years, Muyuan has obtained 436 national patents and has been recognized as “the national key leading enterprise of agricultural industrialization.”
In 2017, Muyuan produced about 5 million tons of feed, 7.2 million hogs and slaughtered 1 million hogs, with a gross revenue of about $1.5 billion USD and $330 million USD in net profits.
In 2018, Seaboard Corp. celebrated its 100-year anniversary, had significant growth in selected regions and oversaw the addition of the second shift at the Seaboard Triumph Foods Plant in Sioux City, Iowa.
Seaboard Foods, a division of Seaboard Corp., started building farms in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Colorado in the early 1990s. Since then the company has also expanded into Iowa. Farm operations consist of genetic and commercial breeding, farrowing, nursery and finishing farms. With more than 325,000 sows in 2018, up from 290,000 sows in 2017, and 5,400 production and packing employees, Seaboard is one of the top three pork producers in the United States.
The Vall Cos. began in 1956 and is a family-owned business based in Spain, with 213,000 sows in production. In 2017, the company produced 4.5 million pigs.
Vall Cos. also has three slaughterhouses and four cutting rooms, generating more than 340,000 tons of fresh quality pork meat, which is exported to the most demanding international markets. Its companies — Agroicesa, Agroturia, Gepesa and Valls — produce the largest amount of pork not only in Spain, but also in Europe. In addition to white pig meat production, the Vall Cos. Group produces and distributes fresh and processed Iberian pork and Duroc meat.