Hain Pure Protein increasing kosher poultry production

by Bryan Salvage
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PLAINVILLE, N.Y. — Hain Pure Protein Corporation, a joint venture between The Hain Celestial Group Inc., and Pegasus Capital Advisors L.P., is expanding its Plainville, N.Y. poultry facility to accommodate additional production of kosher products.

Approximately 90 employees will be furloughed in the beginning of January while the plant is renovated to add a new kosher line, which is expected to begin production in late February. The company plans to hire additional workers as part of the new line.
Plainville Farms turkey production will move to Hain Pure Protein's New Oxford, Pa. facility during this time, which is expected to result in increased cost savings and efficiencies at the facility, according to the company.

"As we said when we purchased Plainville Turkey Farm in August, 2007, we were excited to increase our specialty poultry product offerings, and we hoped to be able to expand our operations and product offerings within New York State," said David Wiggins, president of Hain Pure Protein and formerly chief executive officer of Empire Kosher Poultry Inc.

Demand for quality kosher poultry will increase, the company predicts. In order for Hain Pure Protein to meet this growing demand for natural, antibiotic-free, vegetarian-fed, kosher chicken and turkey products, the plant will be closed for production at the end of December with an expected reopening in approximately eight weeks with the facility adapted for new kosher production, Mr. Wiggins said.

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