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Allen Family Foods, Poultry Producer, Files for Bankruptcy

June 09, 2011

(Updates with details from court papers from second paragraph.)

June 9 (Bloomberg) -- Allen Family Foods Inc., a chicken producer based in Seaford, Delaware, filed for bankruptcy protection citing changes in the market for poultry.

The company listed both assets and debt in the range of $50 million to $100 million in Chapter 11 documents filed today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. Affiliates Allen’s Hatchery and JCR Enterprises also sought protection.

“A recent lag in the industry market has forced the company to reposition the business by reducing volume and diversifying its product line,” Vice President of Finance Brian Hildreth said in court papers.

Allen Family, founded in 1919, processes about 2 million birds and packs about 8 million pounds of poultry products a week. The company employs 2,273 people at locations in Delaware, Maryland and North Carolina, court papers show.

The case is In re Allen Family Foods Inc., 11-11764, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).

--Editors: Fred Strasser, Stephen Farr

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