Category Archives: Castleberry’s Food Co

2008-11-14-Castleberry’s Food Co. shuts down today

Castleberry’s Food Co. shuts down today

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Production at Castleberry’s Food Co. will shut down later today, local and corporate representatives confirmed.

The 82-year-old canning company was sold to a division of Hanover Foods two months ago and workers in Augusta have completed production runs during the transition period. Production of Castleberry’s products will now be performed by Aunt Kitty’s Inc. in New Jersey as the sale did not include the local plant. Terms of the sale were not released.

Castleberry’s employed 325 people at the time of the acquisition. A crew will remain in the 15th Street building for post production work, though the number has not been released by the company.

Castleberry’s owner, a Toronto-based conglomerate called Connors Bros. Income Fund, decided to sell the Augusta business following a six month strategic review of its meat division. Connors Bros. owns several seafood companies and has owned Castleberry’s since 2004.

“It has been a strong beacon for employment here in Augusta,” said Walter Sprouse, Executive Director of the Development Authority of Richmond County.


2007-08-10-Recall ! A Modern-Day Botulism Scare

Augusta, GA: It has been awhile since the B-word has surfaced, but thanks to a voluntary recall of tainted canned meat product by Castleberry’s, botulism is once again on everyone’s lips.

If not in everyone’s cupboard; we can only hope that’s not the case.

Over the last several days Castleberry’s Food Company, a subsidiary of Bumble Bee Foods LLC, has voluntarily recalled more than 721,000 pounds of canned meat products that may carry Clostridium Botulism, which is an extremely serious health hazard.

Castleberry canned meatThe recall includes, but is not limited to: Castleberry’s Bunker Hill, Original Chilli No Beans, Castleberry’s Chilli with Beans, Castleberry’s Hickory Smoked, Oven Roasted, with Skins, Barbecue Pork in Barbecue Sauce, Cattle Drive Chilli with Beans, Meijer Corned Beef Hash, Morton House Corned Beef Hash, and Southern Home Corned Beef Hash.

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