Pilgrim's Pride: Productions and Operations Management Case Study by Nicky

Pilgrim's Pride: Productions and Operations Management
An analysis of the feed blunders that could lead to a potential bankruptcy for poultry producer Pilgrim's Pride.
# 128299 | 2,755 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The objective of this paper is to examine the operating market for chicken producers which is incidentally one of the most volatile environments witnessed in many years due to the changes in the use of feed products and most particularly corn feed products. The paper looks at how historically, corn has been used for human consumption and animal feed however, under current law, oil and gasoline refiners are required to use corn in the production of biofuel and how this change has adversely affected the financial stability of Pilgrim's Pride, the nation's largest poultry producer by volume.

Market Analysts Reports
U.S. Corn Growers
Human Consumption Facts
Operations Manager's Plan to Address the Problem & Cut Costs

From the Paper:

"Chevron reports that the standard requirements for fuel producers is that they use "at least 36 billion gallons of biofuels by 2022. This increase in renewable fuels is projected to represent roughly 5 percent of the total U.S. gasoline consumption. Most of this increase is expected to be ethanol." (Chevron, 2008) Chevron reports having invested "approximately $2 billion in developing alternative and renewable energy technologies and in energy efficiency systems since 2002" and states expectations that it will spend in excess of $2.5 billion between 2007 and 2008 in this areas. Chevron reports collaboration with leading laboratories and universities for the purpose of developing new "technologies and feedstocks in nonfood biofuels production" and specifically reports having formed 'strategic research alliances with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Texas A&M University, the University of California at Davis, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Pulley, Mary (2008) Pilgrim's Pride Layoffs. WHSV.com 13 Mar 2008. Online available at: http://www.whsv.com/news/headlines/16665741.html
  • Andrejczak, Matt (2008) Chicken Producers Bank on Summer Rally. 16 May 2008. Market Watch. Online available at: http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/chicken-producers-look-summer-rally/story.aspx?guid=%7B9D4F30EE-30A4-4032-9E84-798C830BE3A4%7D
  • Biofuels: Turning Trash into Treasure (2008) Chevron - Human Energy. Mar 2008. Online available at: http://www.chevron.com/deliveringenergy/biofuels/
  • U.S. Corn Growers: Producing Food & Fuel (2008) National Corn Grower's Association. Online available at: http://www.ethanol.org/pdf/contentmgmt/NCGA_Food_and_Fuel_08.pdf

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Pilgrim's Pride: Productions and Operations Management (2010, July 11) Retrieved August 17, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/case-study/pilgrim-pride-productions-and-operations-management-128299/

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"Pilgrim's Pride: Productions and Operations Management" 11 July 2010. Web. 17 August. 2019. <https://www.academon.com/case-study/pilgrim-pride-productions-and-operations-management-128299/>