03 Feb Costco/Lincoln Premium Poultry facility has eyes set on summer 2019
By Sam Pimper / Fremont Tribune Feb 3, 2018
The chicken processing facility poised to open in south Fremont in 2019 is far from your run-of-the-mill poultry plant, in fact, it is the first of its kind designed specifically by Costco Wholesale and Lincoln Premium Poultry to produce its own, in-house chicken products.
Using state-of-the-art technology, within one year following its projected June 2019 opening, approximately 2 million chickens will be processed weekly inside of the main facility, which will sit upon approximately 100 acres of the 414-acre site, said Jessica Kolterman, who handles external affairs for Lincoln Premium Poultry.
The operation will send millions of birds across the western part of the United States, as well as Alaska and Hawaii, she said. Some time ago, Costco Wholesale started analyzing its chicken products and determined that some shifts needed to happen moving forward.
“Costco started looking at their product several years ago and saying, ‘What can we do to make sure we have the amount of product we need, at the quality we want with all the specifications we want,” Kolterman said. “And after several years of analysis, decided that one of the ways they could have a very strong probability of getting exactly what they wanted with their product was to develop that product themselves. So this is that strategy coming to fruition. They have never developed a project specifically like this previously.”Full Story