Allen Family Foods lays off 28 on Eastern Shore

Poultry company Allen Family Foods has laid off 28 employees at its Talbot County processing plant, the local economic development director said Monday.

The layoffs in Cordova — near Easton — came Friday, said Paige Bethke, head of the county's economic development office. The company employed about 450 people there before the cuts.

The Seaford, Del.-based Allen filed for bankruptcy protection in June and is awaiting an auction date to sell almost all its assets. The company blamed economic challenges, including a rapid increase in feed costs. Bethke said Monday that the layoffs were related to business conditions rather than the bankruptcy process.

The company could not immediately be reached for comment.