The world's second-largest poultry processor, Pilgrim's Pride has reported a second-quarter profit through reduced spending and increasing sales edge, though results were shy of expectations.
"There will be challenges for the industry in the second half of 2012, primarily driven by volatility within the feed ingredient markets and tepid consumer spending. At Pilgrim's, we have our focus on what we can control, and we will continue to drive that strategy," said Bill Lovette, chief executive officer of Pilgrim's.
"Our efforts are working. While we gained ground versus the competition, we are not at the level we believe we can achieve despite being on target to reach our goal of $200 million in improvements this year. We have the right strategy and the right team in place to execute on it. Industry profits will continue to be influenced by chicken supply discipline, but volatility in feed ingredient costs will have an impact as well."
The Company also simultaneously announced the appointment of Dr. David E. Bell of Boston, Massachusetts to its Board of Directors effective July 25, 2012.
Bell joins Pilgrim's with expertise in a number of areas, including risk management, marketing and agribusiness. He is currently the George M. Moffett Professor of Agriculture and Business at Harvard Business School. At Harvard Business School he leads the annual Agribusiness executive seminar and has been chairman of the school's marketing faculty and Senior Associate Dean with responsibility for faculty recruiting.
Source: Pilgrims Pride