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Company Overview of Koch Foods, Inc.

Company Overview

Koch Foods, Inc. develops, manufactures, and distributes fresh and frozen poultry products for food service and retail operators worldwide. It offers tenderloins, fritters, grilled and breaded breast products, chicken entrées, pulled and diced products, soups, salads, pot pies, fried chicken, boneless chicken breast fillets, chicken parts and components, and other chicken products. The company offers its products through retail distributors and retail stores, as well as exports its products internationally. Koch Foods, Inc. was founded in 1973 and is based in Park Ridge, Illinois.

1300 Higgins Road

Suite 100

Park Ridge, IL 60068

United States

Founded in 1973





Key Executives for Koch Foods, Inc.

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

Koch Foods, Inc. Key Developments

Chicken Farmers File Lawsuit against Tyson Foods, Pilgrim's Pride, Perdue Farms, Koch Foods, and Sanderson Farms

Former chicken farmers in five states have filed a federal lawsuit accusing a handful of giant poultry processing companies that dominate the industry of treating farmers who raise the chickens like indentured servants and colluding to fix prices paid to them. The farmers located in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas allege that the contract grower system created by Tyson Foods, Pilgrim's Pride, Perdue Farms, Koch Foods, and Sanderson Farms pushed them deep into debt to build and maintain chicken barns to meet company demands. They say the companies colluded to fix farmer compensation at low levels to boost corporate profits, making it difficult for the farmers to survive financially.

Koch Foods Expanding in Forest and Morton

Koch Foods announced that the company is expanding operations at its facilities in Forest and Morton, Miss. The expansions represent corporate investments of approximately $2 million and $33 million, respectively, and will create a total of 203 jobs 23 at the Forest location and 180 at the Morton location. Koch Foods currently employs approximately 3,200 in Scott County. For the expansion, Koch Foods has renovated the Forest facility and is in the process of constructing additions totaling 32,000 square feet at the Morton location.

Ron Simon & Associates Files First Stuffed Chicken Salmonella Lawsuit Against Koch Meat Co., Inc. and the Kroger Co

Ron Simon & Associates, along with local counsel Meyers & Flowers, filed the first lawsuit stemming from salmonella-contaminated frozen stuffed chicken products manufactured by Aspen Foods, a division of Koch Meat Co. The products were sold at Kroger retail outlets across the nation. The lawsuit was filed against Koch Meat Co., Inc. and The Kroger Co. in Cook County, Illinois on behalf of Colleen Sappington. Colleen consumed Aspen Foods' stuffed chicken Oven Cravers on June 25, 2015, and thereafter began to experience vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, headaches, fever, and chills. Colleen tried to ride out her illness for a few days before being forced to seek medical attention at an urgent care center on July 1st. After lab tests performed at the urgent care center confirmed that Colleen had tested positive for Salmonella, health officials interviewed Colleen and confirmed that she had purchased and consumed a contaminated Aspen Foods stuffed chicken product. Aspen Foods Recalls Nearly 2 Million Pounds of Stuffed Chicken Products. On June 23, 2015 the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) was notified of a cluster of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses. Working in conjunction with the Minnesota State Departments of Health and Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the FSIS found a link between consumption of stuffed chicken products from Aspen Foods (a division of Koch Meat Co. headquartered in Chicago) and victims who had contracted Salmonella Enteritidis.

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