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Costco poultry complex could start vertical integration trend

Food retailer’s entry into poultry production could prompt changes across meat sector

In April 2016, Costco announced plans to build a poultry processing complex in eastern Nebraska with the primary purpose of supplying the more than 90 million rotisserie chickens it sells each year. The $400 million investment raised numerous questions about how the nation’s third-largest retailer will orchestrate the construction and operation.

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