Cargill expands beef and pork meat processing operation in Fort Worth

FORT WORTH, Texas — America’s largest privately held business just got a little larger.

On Wednesday, Cargill signed an agreement to acquire Five Star Custom Foods, an agribusiness specializing in cooked meat products such as pizza toppings, a variety of soups, sauces and chili.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Five Star employs approximately 385 people between its Fort Worth, Texas headquarters and its second site in Nashville, Tennessee. Cargill will offer employment to all 385 workers, an aspect of the deal that Five Star president Jeff Bledsoe called “a ‘winning’ scenario for everyone involved.” Check for Cargill jobs here.

This marks the second Fort Worth meat processing operation that Cargill has purchased in the past four years. More recently, in March, the company acquired a ground beef processing plant in Columbia, South Carolina. According to Reuters, Cargill has been scooping up beef suppliers in reaction to the surging demand for premium hamburger, which was popularized by Five Guys, Shake Shack and other burger makers.

READ MORE of this story at Twin Cities Business by Sam Schaust.

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