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SW Minnesota Pork Plant Files for Bankruptcy Ahead of Planned Closure

May 9, 2023
Canadian pork processor HyLife Foods plans to shut down its Windom, Minn., operation by the end of May.

HyLife Foods’ Windom, Minn., pork plant — which is slated to close by the end of May — filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to local reports.

HyLife Foods Windom filed for the bankruptcy along with two other subsidiaries, Canwin Farms and Tritek International, which share at least 20% ownership with HyLife’s Manitoba, Canada-based parent company, the news report stated.

The company previously cited worsening conditions in the pork industry as the reasoning for the closure of the plant, which the company had acquired in 2020. In April, HyLife announced it would close the plant by the end of May unless a last-minute buyer emerged.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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