New era begins at slaughterhouse

The new owner of the former Rancho Feeding Corp. slaughterhouse in Petaluma, which shut down amid a massive recall of its beef and veal products, promised a new era Friday.

"The change comes from the top; we have new leadership," said David Evans, owner of Marin Sun Farms. He purchased the shuttered slaughterhouse Feb. 28 and plans to reopen it April 7 as Marin Sun Farms Petaluma.

Marin Sun Farms Press Conference


Evans spoke at a press conference held in the plant's small, irregularly-shaped loading dock room, meat hooks hanging overhead.

The company will work closely with local ranchers, offering a full menu of services from slaughter to processing and distribution, said Evans, a leader in the sustainable meat production industry.

"We're in this with everyone to transform the food supply chain," he said. "It's not all about the animals that grow up on my ranch, it's about working with other ranchers."

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