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There may be some supply problems caused by the COVID-19 problems in several meat-processing plants, a local supermarket chain recently warned online.

“The impact of coronavirus has now moved into meat processing plants of all species nationwide. Because of this, our supply from one week to the next, including advertised items, is unknown. We usually don’t know what quantities we will receive until our trucks arrive at our stores. We ask for your patience and understanding,” Reynold’s Market posted on its Facebook page on May 6.

“We will try to continue to run meat items in our ad, but most assuredly, we will be out of those items regularly until circumstances can be corrected. Quantity restrictions may be issued on a case by case and store by store basis,” the company spokesman said on its Facebook page.

According to the local Reynold’s Market in Baker, they are still offering Curbside Pickup for customers, even as the restrictions and social distancing guidelines are relaxed. The order can be placed any time and with the employees picking up the list of items (between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m). The store will call when the order is ready to be picked up and bring your items right to the car. 

To participate in the Curbside program visit or the Shop Now button on the store’s Facebook page to place your order. 

A large number of meat and poultry plants have been closed, at least temporarily, according to one industry source.

Since the beginning of May, has kept a log of the plant activity, with a number of midwest plants closing temporarily or reopening on a limited basis.

On May 2, Smithfield Foods Inc. resumed operations at its Monmouth, IL., facility, while Tyson Foods, Inc. closed its Dakota City, NE, beef facility through May 4.

Tyson Foods, Inc. subsidiary, Tyson Fresh Meats, announced its plans to resume limited operations at its Logansport, IN, facility, during the week of May 4. Rochelle Foods, a subsidiary of Hormel Foods Corp., planned to reopen its manufacturing plant in the town of Rochelle, IL, on May 4.

On May 5, JBS USA stated that it will reopen its beef processing plant in Green Bay, WI, in phases following a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Tyson Foods Inc. closed its pork facility in Madison, NE and Cargill closed its beef plant in Schuyler, NE.

On May 6, Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork processing subsidiary of Tyson Foods Inc., announced that the facility would resume production on May 7. 

On May 7, Tyson Foods Inc.’s pork plant in Waterloo, IA, will reopen two weeks after operations were suspended. The company’s frozen chicken facility in Portland, ME, also reopened after closing May 1.

JBS USA reopened a portion of its pork processing plant in Worthington, MN, with reduced staff.

In addition, Conagra Brands Inc., resumed operations at its Bird’s Eye frozen foods plant in Darien, WI. The company’s other shuttered frozen meals facility, located in Marshall, MO, reopened May 4.

Hormel Foods Corp. reopened its Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Melrose, MN. Hormel subsidiary Alma Foods LLC also reopened its plant in Alma, KS. 

On May 8, Hormel Foods Corp. reopened one of its Jennie-O Turkey Store plants in Willmar, MN, while Tyson Foods, Inc. reopened its beef facility in Dakota City, NE.

Smithfield Foods also resumed limited operations at its pork plant in Sioux Falls, SD.

On Monday (May 11), Hormel Foods Corp. reopened its Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Melrose, MN. Hormel subsidiary Alma Foods LLC also reopened its plant in Alma, KS. 

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