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March 8, 2021
From Hen to Table, Anniston Egg Brokers Move Millions
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - In a small office in Anniston, one business shuffles 300 million eggs a year between farmers and consumers.

Lakeside Foods Inc. marks 20 years of business in August, but a recent $9.3 million contract to supply eggs to military commissaries in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida gives the independent business a reason to celebrate early.

Business partners Lavern Holifield and Allen Bodner spend their days on the phone or traveling around the state and the South to keep decades' worth of personal relationships strong.

The 61-year-old businessmen have spent most of their lives brokering eggs, chicken and cheese.

For Bodner, a 40-year veteran of the egg business, eggs are a family affair. He started work as a young man on Bodner Farms in Heflin.

He later worked with Holifield when he joined Cargill, an international agribusiness corporation.

Holifield had transferred to Alabama from his home in Arkansas when Cargill bought current Gov. Bob Riley's poultry operation in 1979.

The two left Cargill in 1988 and shortly after formed Lakeside Foods.

Holifield says eggs are the number one food product sold in grocery stores, making up about one percent of all sales. He says producers are very good at producing eggs, but not so good at marketing and selling.

That's where Lakeside Foods makes things happen, taking eggs from producers to grocery stores and restaurants across the South.


Information from: The Anniston Star,

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