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When Swift and Company was in financial trouble, Cargill's tried to buy the US company but couldn't because of packer consolidation laws. Instead, the US company was bought out by a Brazilian company, JBS Company, who is the largest beef packer in the world.

Linn, Kansas native James Beikman, senior account manager of Cargill's Animal Protein Division, told Thursday's public Lunch Bunch at Clay County Medical Center that the US-based Cargill intends to compete with the JBS Swift and others and "by 2015 we will be the partner of choice."