Agriculture

Harris Ranch is selling its beef operations. Another Valley company is the buyer

Herds of cattle fill the pens at Harris Ranch farms in Coalinga, Calif. in this Jan. 25, 2008 file photo.
Herds of cattle fill the pens at Harris Ranch farms in Coalinga, Calif. in this Jan. 25, 2008 file photo. Associated Press

Harris Ranch Beef Holding Company, which operates a beef slaughterhouse and packing plant in Selma and a cattle feedlot in Coalinga, has been sold to Hanford-based Central Valley Meat Holding Company.

Other Harris Farms businesses, including the Harris Ranch Inn and Restaurant off Interstate 5 near Coalinga and Harris Farms’ horse division as well as farming operations for a range of crops including nuts, vegetables, citrus and grapes, are not included in the sale. The deal was announced jointly on Tuesday by John Harris, CEO of Harris Farms Inc., and Central Valley Meat Co. president/CEO Brian Coelho.

Together, the two companies will comprise the seventh largest beef processer and packer in the U.S. The price and other terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Even after the sale, Harris Ranch Beef and Central Valley Meat will operate independently and continue to produce and market their own brands, according to the companies’ announcement. Harris Ranch Beef markets its ground beef, specialty cuts and Angus beef in retail grocery stores as well as to restaurants and other food-service customers under the Harris Ranch brand.

Central Valley Meat’s brands include products marketed to retailers and food-service companies under the Western Premium Beef, Blue Diamond Beef and Central Valley Meat brands. Another of its companies, CLW Foods Inc., markets ground beef under the Moran’s brand.

Harris Farms dates to its establishment in 1937 by Jack Harris; his son John Harris now oversees the operations. Harris Ranch beef operations chairman Dave Wood will stay on with Harris Farms as its president.

Central Valley Meat Company was founded in 1993. In addition to Central Valley Meat and CLW Foods, the parent company also includes Coelho Meat Co, a cattle purchasing and feeding business, and Triple C Trucking.

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