COLUMBIA, S.C. — Cargill has acquired the FPL Food, L.L.C. ground beef processing plant in Columbia, S.C. Terms of the transaction — which is expected to close at the end of March — were not disclosed.
The 100,000-square-foot plant, which employs more than 200 people, will enhance Cargill’s eastern reach in retail and food service, according to the company. The acquisition will complement the company’s existing meat processing facilities in Georgia and Pennsylvania.
|John Keating, president of Cargill Beef|
“Cargill ground beef customers served by this plant will benefit from closer proximity to supplies and improved transit time for their orders,” said John Keating, president of Cargill Beef. “We are acquiring an excellent facility, with outstanding people and capabilities. This acquisition underscores our ongoing commitment to grow our protein business and will enable us to better serve retail and food service customers in a region where people love ground beef.”
FPL Food, based in Augusta, Ga., operates two facilities and a farm, where the company maintains 2,500 cattle to meet customer beef demand.
|Francois Paul Léger, founder, president and c.e.o. of FPL Food|