2. Accounting
3. finch chicken corporation processes and packages chicken for grocery stores...

# Question: finch chicken corporation processes and packages chicken for grocery stores...

###### Question details

Finch Chicken Corporation processes and packages chicken for grocery stores. It purchases chickens from farmers and processes them into two different products: chicken drumsticks and chicken steak. From a standard batch of 15,000 pounds of raw chicken that costs $7,900, the company produces two parts: 3,000 pounds of drumsticks and 6,000 pounds of breast for a processing cost of$6,491. The chicken breast is further processed into 5,200 pounds of steak for a processing cost of $2,000. The market price of drumsticks per pound is$1.55 and the market price per pound of chicken steak is $4.00. If Finch decided to sell chicken breast instead of chicken steak, the price per pound would be$2.30.

Required

1. a-1. Allocate the joint cost to the joint products, drumsticks and breasts, using weight as the allocation base.

2. a-2. Calculate the gross margin for each product.

3. a-3. If the drumsticks are producing a loss, should that product line be eliminated?

4. b-1. Reallocate the joint cost to the joint products, drumsticks and breasts, using relative market values as the allocation base.

5. b-2. Calculate the gross margin for each product.

6. c-1. Should Martin further process chicken breasts into chicken steak? (Use the assumption made in requirement b-1).

7. c-2. How would the profit be affected by your answer in c-1?