Sanderson Farms, the third-largest chicken producer in the United States, is the newest associate member of the International Poultry Council.

Founded in 1947 as a small family owned feed and seed business, Sanderson Farms became a publicly traded company in 1987. With its corporate headquarters in Laurel, Mississippi, Sanderson is a fully integrated company that produces, processes, markets and distributes fresh and frozen chicken products in the United States and around the world. The company processes 452 million birds annually and employs 11,277 people, according to the WATT Global Media Top Companies Database. Sanderson Farms is expected to grow further in 2015 as production is expected to begin at a new big bird deboning complex in Palestine, Texas.

Sanderson Farms President and Chief Operating Officer Lampkin Butts will be the company’s representative in the IPC.


IPC President Jim Sumner welcomed Sanderson Farms as an associate member of the organization. “We are pleased to have another major poultry producer in the IPC,” he said. “We now have 35 associate members from around the globe.”

Sumner also serves as president of USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC).

Poultry industry associations in 24 countries are members of the IPC, which was formed in 2005.