[9 July/Rural Life]

Blue Sky Meats decided to sell its Gore plant which had been non-operational since 2016. The company announced it was reviewing options for the unprofitable plant last year. The company said the decisions was not made lightly but it felt it was the best course of action to take. Its annual report for the 2018 year showed an improved result with a net profit of $3.7 million, up from a loss of $2.5 million in the previous period. The improved position was attributed to more chilled sales, better yield from each carcass, and an increase in rendering returns. Chief Executive, Todd Grave, was delighted with its performance, but emphasised there was still a lot of work ahead. Chairman, Scott O’Donnell, said the next step would be creating a value-added, differentiated brand position to further increase profitability. It would include a focus on investing in plant infrastructure to reduce the company’s environmental impact.