Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Charles Kucharik
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Part 1


Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Charles Kucharik grew up in Illinois, in the Chicago area. He was graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, in marketing and worked for Proctor & Gamble, Anderson Clayton Foods, Wilson Foods, and Rockingham Poultry before coming to Minnesota in 1989 as president and chief operating officer of Gold ’N Plump Poultry, Inc. He resigned from the position following a restructuring of the family-owned company. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Kurachik gives a brief history of the company founded by E.M. Helgeson in 1929 and describes its growth through the stages of hatching chicks, production of table eggs, retail sale of poultry, and the association of Gold ’N Plump with companies such as Lake Country Farms, Armour, Jack Frost, and JFC, Inc. He speaks of the relationship between independent farmers and poultry processors; the establishment of a structure for financial partnership with farmers for hatching, feeding, and housing poultry; and with retailers for marketing. He talks about the controversy over the issue of “quality inspection” as raised by the media; promotional campaigns; advertising techniques; and environmental issues.; as well as the positive impact of the poultry business on the St. Cloud and surrounding community in terms of corn and soybean production, shipping, and employment.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
16 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 60 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Kucharik, Charles
Interviewer: Robertson, Margaret A.
Dates Creation: 03/20/1992
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 76
Accession Number AV2000.12
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project'

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