The company is one of the world’s largest meat processors and marketers. With more than 400 facilities worldwide, it produced more than 42 million chickens and a half-million head of beef and pork per week in 2010.The Challenge
Depending on the species, one-third to one-half of every animal produced for meat in the United States is not consumed by humans. At a chicken processing plant, for example, feathers, fat, blood, bone, organs and certain parts such as heads and feet—collectively known as offal—are separated from the edible meat. The meat is packaged and shipped to retail stores and restaurants, while the offal is sent to rendering plants where it is processed into high-protein meals or liquids for use in animal feed or biofuel.
At the industrial level, meat production is highly automated—done by machines that slaughter the animals;