South African based Sovereign Foods has acquired the Blue Hills Hatchery, a company based in Midrand, Johannesburg. The Blue Hills Hatchery has the capacity to set 660,000 eggs which can produce 510 000 day old chicks per week. Sovereign Foods began operations in 1948 as a family business in the Rocklands Valley near the town of Uitenhage (Eastern Cape) and over time grew into a fully-fledged and integrated poultry business. To this day the entire operation is still based in the Eastern Cape region and is the 4th largest poultry producer in South Africa. The acquisition amount was not disclosed.