Pilgrim’s Pride Adding Robotics to Production Line for Deboning Chicken

Published by , August 7, 2017 11:07 am

(FinancialExpress)  Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. is the second-largest U.S. chicken industry producer, is adding robotics and X-ray technology for processes such as deboning the front half of the birds, Chief Executive Officer Bill Lovette said Thursday on the company’s second-quarter earnings conference call. Pilgrim’s is working with Scott Technology Ltd., a New Zealand automation company controlled by Pilgrim’s corporate parent, Brazilian meat giant JBS SA.
Working in the $60 billion U.S. chicken industry is often tough and grueling, with much of the processing done by hand. Pilgrim’s Price, one of the nation’s largest suppliers, wants to reduce labor intensity on the production line by introducing robots.

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