WATT Global Media recently released the March edition of WATT PoultryUSA magazine with renowned profiles of the leading U.S. broiler and turkey companies. The survey includes rankings by ready-to-cook (RTC) volume for broiler companies and slaughter volume for turkey companies with additional insights on the industry.

The Top U.S. Poultry Companies Survey details the top 29 broiler companies and the top 22 turkey companies for 2018. Building on favorable market conditions, 27 of the top 29 producers increased their production or maintained the same level compared to last year. The majority of top broiler companies made capital improvements at their facilities or acquired another producer.

“The top integrated poultry companies executed on their existing improvement plans and launched new investments in 2018,” says Austin Alonzo, Editor of WATT PoultryUSA magazine. “However, market concerns may create a different picture in the future as 2018 ended with boneless breast meat prices at a record low. Several factors may have contributed, such as challenging global markets, changing consumer preferences and increased domestic production of competing proteins.”

Last year, top broiler companies produced 904.14 million pounds of RTC chicken. That reflects a 0.6 percent increase compared to the 898.87 million pounds produced in 2017. Sixteen of the 29 companies experienced a rise in production year over year and 11 had no change. Comparatively, only two companies decreased output, and the decrease was relatively slight at 1.12 million pounds RTC on a weekly basis.

To compile this report, WATT PoultryUSA conducts the survey annually with results from a combination of company-submitted information and estimates from industry sources. The Top Company edition includes information not found elsewhere with additional details available online.

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For more Top Company insights – including a spreadsheet of the leading U.S. poultry producers over a five-year timespan – go to www.WATTAgNet.com/products.

Find the digital edition of WATT PoultryUSA’s Top Companies magazine at www.wattpoultryusa-digital.com.