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Poarch Creek Indians Tribe Breaks Ground on Alabama Meat Plant

May 30, 2023
Atmore, Ala., processing facility expected to open in spring 2024 and process up to 125 cattle per day.

The agricultural arm of an Alabama Native American tribe — the Poarch Creek Indians — broke ground on a new meat processing plant in Atmore, Ala., according to local reports.

The facility is expected to process cattle raised by Perdido River Farms, raised on tribal lands in the state, and will comprise 23,000 square feet at a cost of $15 million. It will reportedly be the largest facility of its kind in the state, handling up to 125 cattle per week — and it will include a retail shop on site.

Perdido River Farms manages 2,900 acres of tribal agricultural properties, according to the PRF Web site, consisting of 650 acres that are planted with summer and winter crops for cattle grazing. The last estimate published on the completion date of the project was spring of 2024.

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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