Costco has purchased 414 acres in Fremont to house the Lincoln Premium Poultry complex with the goal of processing 2 million chickens per week. The entire supply chain will be concentrated in a 100-mile radius. The processing plant is expected to handle roughly one-third of the raw and rotisserie chicken sold at Costco nationwide.
Marel will equip the plant with the latest technology from its Atlas live bird handling system with controlled atmosphere stunning (CAS) technology as well as technology for scalding, defeathering, evisceration, chilling, cut-up, deboning, inspection and robotic packing. The entire system will be monitored by Marel’s Innova food processing software to help achieve full traceability and raise efficiency.
Plans for the poultry complex project were initially met with some resistance from some residents and development groups questioning the impact the facility would have on the area, but in July, approval and some tax incentives were approved.