WATT PoultryUSA rankings are based on ready-to-cook (RTC) average weekly volume in million pounds in the U.S. Data is from an exclusive survey of broiler companies, published sources and industry estimates.


1>Tyson Foods, Inc.  Springdale, Arkansas
Ready-To-Cook Volume
161.00 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
UP 14.80 Mil Lbs. UP 10.1%
Live Throughput @ Plants
37.40 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 5.50 Lbs.

Sales $8.89 billion
Employees 115,000
Slaughter/processing plants 34
Further processing plants 9
Cooking plants 13
Hatcheries 36
Feed mills 31

Tyson Foods produced an estimated 161.00 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, an increase of 14.80 million pounds or 10.1%. The company slaughtered 37.4 million broilers on a weekly basis in 2010, according to President and CEO Donnie Smith.


2>Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation  
Greeley, Colorado
Ready-To-Cook Volume
126.50 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
DOWN 8.78 Mil Lbs. DOWN 6.5%
Live Throughput @ Plants
32.24 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 5.03 Lbs.

Sales $6.7 billion
Employees 41,000
Slaughter/processing plants 30
Cooking plants 9
Distribution centers 16
Rendering plants 8
Hatcheries (48 million eggs wkly) 41
Feed mills (225,000 metric tons wkly) 33

Pilgrim’s Pride President and CEO Bill Lovette reported 126.50 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, a decrease of 8.78 million pounds or 6.5%.

Sales and marketing:  Pilgrim’s sales break out 43% retail, 43% foodservice and 14% export. Product forms are 61.18% fresh and 38.82% frozen; 52.43% cut-up; 12.97% non-cooked further processed; and 8.10% cooked. Pilgrim’s offers over 2,500 products. Company brands are Pilgrim’s Pride, Pierce and Gold Kist Farms. Geographically, sales break out 91% U.S. and 9% international.

Capital improvements:  Pilgrim’s plans to re-open its plant in Douglas, Ga., and expects to expand the existing processing facility


3>Perdue Farms, Inc.  Salisbury, Maryland
Ready-To-Cook Volume
53.60 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
DOWN 0.40 Mil Lbs. DOWN 0.7%
Live Throughput @ Plants
12.04 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 5.72 Lbs.

Sales $4.874 billion
Employees 20,412
Slaughter/processing plants 10
Further processing plants 2
Cooking plants 4
Distribution centers 4
Rendering plants 2
Hatcheries 16
Feed mills 10
Broiler farms 1,997

Perdue Farms Chairman James A. “Jim” Perdue reported 53.60 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, a decrease of 0.40 million pounds or 0.7%.

Sales and marketing:  Perdue’s sales break out 82% retail, 14% foodservice and 5% export. Product forms are 71% fresh and 29% frozen. Company brands are Perdue, Shenandoah, Cookin’ Good and Harvestland.


4>Sanderson Farms, Inc.  Laurel, Mississippi
Ready-To-Cook Volume
49.36 Mil Lbs. Wkly.8
UP 2.71 Mil Lbs. UP 5.8%
Live Throughput @ Plants
7.79 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 7.31 Lbs.

Sales $1.925 billion
Employees 10,325
Slaughter/processing plants 8
Cooking plant 1
Hatcheries (10.1 million eggs wkly) 7
Feed mills (74,400 metric tons wkly) 6
Breeder farms 178
Breeder houses 521
Broiler farms 576
Broiler houses 3,396

Sanderson Farms CEO Joe Frank Sanderson, Jr., reported 49.36 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, an increase of 2.71 million pounds or 5.8%.

Sales and marketing:  Sanderson’s sales break out 32% retail, 30% foodservice, 18% institution, 11% industrial and 9% export. Product forms are 89% fresh and 11% frozen; 97% cut-up and 1% non-cooked further processed. Sanderson Farms has 500 products. Company brands are Sanderson Farms. Geographically, sales break out 33% Southeast, 25% Southwest, 14% Northeast, 12% West, 10% Midwest, 5% international and 1% Northwest.


5>Koch Foods, Inc.  Chicago, Illinois
Ready-To-Cook Volume
35.15 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
UP 2.20 Mil Lbs. UP 6.7%
Live Throughput @ Plants
9.50 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 5.00 Lbs.

Sales $1.9 billion
Employees 12,500
Slaughter/processing plants 6
Further processing plants 4
Cooking plant 1
Distribution centers 4
Hatcheries (12 million eggs wkly) 6
Feed mills (55,000 metric tons wkly) 4

Koch Foods President and CEO Joseph C. Grendys reported 35.15 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, an increase of 2.20 million pounds or 6.7%.

Sales and marketing:  Koch’s sales break out 55% foodservice, 15% retail, 15% institution and 15% export. Product forms are 25% fresh and 75% frozen. Company brands are Koch Poultry, Antioch Farms, Preferred Foods, Numerous Private Labels, Rogers Royal and Mr. Bennies.


6>Wayne Farms, LLC  Oakwood, Georgia
Ready-To-Cook Volume
34.74 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
UP 2.04 Mil Lbs. UP 6.2%
Live Throughput @ Plants
5.56 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 7.17 Lbs.

Sales $1.355 billion
Employees 8,687
Slaughter/processing plants 8
Cooking plants 2
Distribution center 1
Hatcheries (6.15 million eggs wkly) 8
Feed mills (44,100 metric tons wkly) 7
Breeder farms 268
Breeder houses 506
Broiler farms 797
Broiler houses 3,178

Wayne Farms President and CEO Elton H. Maddox reported 34.74 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, an increase of 2.04 million pounds or 6.2%.

Sales and marketing:  Wayne Farms sales break out 57% foodservice, 31% industrial, 8% export and 4% retail. Product forms are 50% fresh and 15% frozen; 25% cooked and 10% non-cooked further processed. Wayne Farms has 700 products. Company brands are Wayne Farms, Dutch Quality House and Platinum Harvest. Geographically, sales break out 41% South, 20% West, 20% Midwest, 11% Northeast and 8% international.


7>Mountaire Farms, Inc.  Millsboro, Delaware
Ready-To-Cook Volume
33.48 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
UP 1.98 Mil Lbs. UP 6.3%
Live Throughput @ Plants
5.07 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 7.81 Lbs.

Sales $1.303 billion
Employees 6,000
Slaughter/processing plants 3
Hatcheries (6.77 million eggs wkly) 3
Feed mills (41,400 metric tons wkly) 4
Breeder farms 156
Breeder houses 353
Broiler farms 899
Broiler houses 2,700

Mountaire Farms CEO Paul Downes reported 33.48 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly in 2010, an increase of 1.98 million pounds or 6.3%.

Sales and marketing:  Mountaire Farms, Inc., sales break out 24% retail, 6% institution, 27% industrial, 28% foodservice and 15% export. Product forms are 85% fresh and 15% frozen. Company brands are Mountaire, Sizzlin’ Sensations, Bo San, Private Label, Black Label and Blue Label.


8>House of Raeford Farms  Rose Hill, North Carolina
Ready-To-Cook Volume
23.40 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
UP 1.60 Mil Lbs. UP 7.3%
Live Throughput @ Plants
3.80 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 7.50 Lbs.

Employees 5,100
Slaughter/processing plants 5
Further processing plants 2
Hatcheries (5.01 million eggs wkly) 4
Feed mills (39,000 metric tons wkly) 4

House of Raeford President and COO Don Taber reported 23.40 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, an increase of 1.60 million pounds or 7.3%.

Sales and marketing:  House of Raeford’s sales break out 75% foodservice, 13% retail and 12% export. Product forms are 80% fresh and 20% frozen; 44% cut-up. House of Raeford has 500 products. Brands are House of Raeford Farms and Columbia Farms. Geographically, sales break out 82% Southeast, 12% international, 4% Midwest and 2% Northeast.


9>Foster Farms  Livingston, California
Ready-To-Cook Volume
19.96 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
UP 0.96 Mil Lbs. UP 5.1%
Live Throughput @ Plants
5.70 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 5.84 Lbs.

Sales $1.5 million
Employees 12,065
Slaughter/processing plants 5
Further processing plants 5
Cooking plants 2
Distribution centers 2
Rendering plants 2
Hatcheries (9.09 million eggs wkly) 9
Feed mills (32,700 metric tons wkly) 4
Breeder farms 137
Breeder houses 347
Broiler farms 307
Broiler houses 2,085

Foster Farms CEO and President Ron Foster reported 19.96 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, an increase of 0.96 million pounds or 5.1%.

Sales and marketing:  Foster Farms sales break out 81.2% retail, 0.5% institution, 4% industrial, 13.3% foodservice and 1% export. Product forms are 65% fresh and 35% frozen; 57% cut-up; 28% cooked; and 15% non-cooked further processed. Foster Farms has 858 products. Company brands are Foster Farms and Coastal Range. Geographically, sales break out 64.6% West, 20.6% Northwest, 6.1% Southwest, 5.2% Southeast, 2.3% Midwest, 1.1% Northeast and 0.1% international.


10>Peco Foods, Inc.  Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Ready-To-Cook Volume
18.96 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
UP 1.09 Mil Lbs. UP 6.1%
Live Throughput @ Plants
3.39 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 7.36 Lbs.

Sales $750 million
Employees 3,600
Slaughter/processing plants 4
Further processing plant 1
Cooking plant 1
Hatcheries (4.59 million eggs wkly) 4
Feed mills (27,800 metric tons wkly) 4

Peco Foods President and CEO Mark Hickman reported 18.96 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, an increase of 1.09 million pounds or 6.1%.

Sales and marketing:  Peco Foods sales break out 30% foodservice, 30% industrial, 25% export and 15% retail. Product forms are 60% fresh and 40% frozen; 95% cut-up; 20% non-cooked further processed; and 7% cooked. The company brand is Peco. Geographically, sales break out 25% international, 20% Southeast, 20% West, 15% Midwest, 15% Northwest and 5% Northeast.

Capital improvements:  In 2010, Peco Foods added 10,000 pounds per hour capacity in its Canton (2) cooking line. The company plans to complete a new feed mill at Lake, Miss., in the first quarter of 2012.


11>Keystone Foods, LLC  Huntsville, Alabama
Ready-To-Cook Volume
18.01 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
DOWN 1.80 Mil Lbs. DOWN 9.1%
Live Throughput @ Plants
3.63 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 6.94 Lbs.

Employees 6,950
Slaughter/processing plants 3
Cooking plants 4
Hatcheries (4.13 million eggs wkly) 3
Feed mills (25,500 metric tons wkly) 3
Breeder farms 69
Breeder houses 185
Broiler farms 300
Broiler houses 1,572

Keystone Foods Senior Vice President Bill Andersen reported 18.01 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, a decrease of 1.80 million pounds or 9.1%.

Sales and marketing:  Keystone’s sales break out 95% foodservice and 5% export. Product forms are 47% fresh and 20% frozen; and 33% non-cooked further processed. The company brand is Key Farms.


12>Simmons Foods, Inc.  Siloam Springs, Arkansas
Ready-To-Cook Volume
16.30 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
UP 1.95 Mil Lbs. UP 13.6%
Live Throughput @ Plants
4.20 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 4.95 Lbs.

Sales $700 million
Employees 4,700
Slaughter/processing plants 4
Further processing plants 2
Cooking plant 1
Distribution center 1
Rendering plant 1
Hatcheries (5.11 million eggs wkly) 4
Feed mills (25,000 metric tons wkly) 2
Breeder farms 80
Breeder houses 165
Broiler farms 253
Broiler houses 1,240

Simmons Foods COO Todd Simmons reported 16.30 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, an increase of 1.95 million pounds or 13.6%.

Sales and marketing:  Simmons sales break out 47% foodservice, 30% retail, 15% export, 6% institution and 2% industrial. Product forms are 85% frozen and 15% fresh; 57% non-cooked further processed; 33% cooked; and 5% cut-up. The company offers 600 products. The brand is Simmons. Geographically, sales break out 25% international, 16% Northeast, 16% Southeast, 16% West, 8% Midwest and 8% Northwest.


13>O.K. Foods, Inc.  Fort Smith, Arkansas
Ready-To-Cook Volume
15.82 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
Live Throughput @ Plants
3.00 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 6.70 Lbs.

Employees 4,000
Slaughter/processing plants 2
Further processing plants 2
Cooking plant 1
Distribution centers 2
Hatcheries (3.53 million eggs wkly) 3
Feed mills (23,000 metric tons wkly) 2
Breeder farms 62
Breeder houses 120
Broiler houses 910

O.K. Foods produced an estimated 15.82 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010.

Sales and marketing:  Sales break out 30% foodservice, 25% retail, 25% export and 20% institution. Product forms are 50% fresh and 50% frozen; 100% cut-up; 65% non-cooked further processed; and 35% cooked. O.K. Foods has 200 products. The company brand is Tender Bird. Geographically, sales break out 50% international, 20% Southeast, 10% Midwest, 10% Northeast and 10% Southwest.


14>Fieldale Farms Corporation  Baldwin, Georgia
Ready-To-Cook Volume
15.70 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
Live Throughput @ Plants
3.25 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 5.75 Lbs.

Sales $670 million
Employees 4,200
Slaughter/processing plants 2
Further processing plants 3
Cooking plant 1
Rendering plants 2
Hatcheries (4.52 million eggs wkly) 3
Feed mills (29,000 metric tons wkly) 2
Breeder farms 88
Breeder houses 153
Broiler farms 404
Broiler houses 1,420

Fieldale Farms President Tom Hensley reported 15.70 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010.
Sales and marketing: Fieldale’s sales break out 64% retail, 26% foodservice, 10% export and 1% institutional. Product forms are 77% fresh and 23% frozen; 87% cut-up; and 3% cooked. Fieldale Farms has 740 products. The company brand is Fieldale Farms. Geographically, sales break out 48% Southeast, 24% Northeast, 12% international, 11% Midwest and 5% West.


15>George’s, Inc.  Springdale, Arkansas
Ready-To-Cook Volume
15.60 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
UP 1.60 Mil Lbs. UP 11.4%
Live Throughput @ Plants
4.85 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 4.18 Lbs.

Slaughter/processing plants 3
Further processing plant 1
Cooking plant 1
Rendering plant 1
Hatcheries (6.04 million eggs wkly) 4
Feed mills (19,035 metric tons wkly) 3
Breeder farms 146
Breeder houses 294
Broiler farms 449
Broiler houses 1,477

George’s, Inc., President and CEO Gary George reported 15.60 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, an increase of 1.60 million pounds or 11.4%.

Sales and marketing:  George’s sales break out 83% foodservice, 9% export and 8% retail. Product forms are 70% fresh and 30% frozen; 86% cut-up; 32% non-cooked further processed; and 1% cooked. George’s offers 750 products. The company brand is George’s. Geographically, sales break out 27% Northeast, 23% Northwest, 18% West, 17% Midwest, 8% international, 5% Southeast and 2% Southwest.


16>Case Foods, Inc.  Troutman, North Carolina
Ready-To-Cook Volume
12.72 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
UP 0.71 Mil Lbs. UP 5.9%
Live Throughput @ Plants
1.85 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 8.25 Lbs.

Sales $578 million
Employees 2,500
Slaughter/processing plants 3
Cooking plant 1
Hatcheries (2.52 million eggs wkly) 3
Feed mills (26,000 metric tons wkly) 3
Breeder farms 65
Breeder houses 141
Broiler farms 372
Broiler houses 1,046

Case Foods CEO Thomas R. Shelton reported 12.72 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, an increase of 0.71 million pounds or 5.9%.

Sales and marketing:  Case Foods sales break out 45% foodservice, 30% industrial, 10% institution, 10% export and 5% retail. Product forms are 80% fresh and 20% frozen; 98% cut-up; and 30% non-cooked further processed. Case Foods has 410 products. Company brands are Case Farms and Tasty Eight. Geographically, sales break out 30% Northeast, 20% Midwest, 20% West, 15% Southeast, 10% international and 5% Southwest.


17>Townsends, Inc.  Georgetown, Delaware
Ready-To-Cook Volume
12.66 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
DOWN 0.36 Mil Lbs. DOWN 2.8%
Live Throughput @ Plants
1.88 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 7.88 Lbs.

Sales est. $496 million
Employees 3,100
Slaughter/processing plants 2
Further processing plant 1
Cooking plant 1
Hatcheries (2.2 million eggs wkly) 2
Feed mills (18,000 metric tons wkly) 3
Breeder farms 52
Breeder houses 132
Broiler farms 287
Broiler houses 1,200

Townsends CEO Fred Beilstein reported 12.66 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, a decrease of 0.36 million pounds or 2.8%.

Sales and marketing:  Townsends sales break out 40% foodservice, 25% retail, 20% industrial and 15% export. Product forms are 65% fresh and 35% frozen; 95% cut-up; 62% non-cooked further processed; and 38% cooked. Townsends markets 400 products. Company brands are Townsend, Perfect Breast, Pristine Cuisine, Speedy Bird, Ruby Dragon, Chef’s Select and Zabiha Halal.


18>Amick Farms, Inc.  Leesville, South Carolina
Ready-To-Cook Volume
11.50 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
UP 3.10 Mil Lbs. UP 36.9%
Live Throughput @ Plants
1.75 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 8.10 Lbs.

Sales $460 million
Employees over 2,500
Slaughter/processing plants 2
Distribution centers 2
Hatcheries (2.72 million eggs wkly) 2
Feed mills (22,750 metric tons wkly) 2
Breeder farms 24
Breeder houses 48
Broiler farms 311
Broiler houses 1,087

Amick Farms President and CEO Ben Harrison reported 11.50 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, an increase of 3.10 million pounds or 36.9%.

Sales and marketing:  Amick Farms sales break out 72% institution, 11% foodservice, 10% retail and 7% export. Product forms are 85% fresh and 15% frozen; 100% cut-up. Amick Farms has 100 products. The company brand is Amick Farms. Geographically, sales break out 36% Northeast, 32% Southeast, 15% Midwest, 8% Southwest, 7% international, 1% Northwest and 1% West.

Acquisition:  In 2010, Amick Farms acquired the Hurlock, Md., plant from Allen Family Foods.


19>Allen Family Foods  Seaford, Delaware
Ready-To-Cook Volume
9.70 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
DOWN 1.20 Mil Lbs. DOWN 11.0%
Live Throughput @ Plants
2.14 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 5.78 Lbs.

Employees 2,300
Slaughter/processing plants 2
Rendering plant 1
Hatcheries (2.43 million eggs wkly) 2
Feed mills (8,700 metric tons wkly) 2
Breeder farms 38
Breeder houses 98
Broiler farms 271
Broiler houses 750

Allen Family Foods President and CEO Robert Turley reported 9.70 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, a decrease of 1.20 million pounds or 11.0%.

Sales and marketing:  Allen Family Foods sales break out 74% retail, 21% foodservice and 5% export. Product forms are 95% fresh and 5% frozen; 72% cut-up. Company brands are Allen’s, Delmarva and Sussex Farms. Geographically, sales break out 82% Northeast, 8% Midwest, 6% international, 3% Southwest and 1% Southeast.


20>Marshall Durbin Companies  
Irondale, Alabama
Ready-To-Cook Volume
7.50 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
UP 0.36 Mil Lbs. UP 5.0%
Live Throughput @ Plants
2.32 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 4.15 Lbs.

Sales $312 million
Employees 2,000
Slaughter/processing plants 2
Further processing plant 1
Distribution centers 2
Hatcheries (2.99 million eggs wkly) 3
Feed mills (9,700 metric tons wkly) 2
Breeder farms 96
Breeder houses 196
Broiler farms 180
Broiler houses 657

Marshall Durbin President Melissa Durbin reported 7.50 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, an increase of 0.36 million pounds or 5.0%.

Sales and marketing:  Marshall Durbin Companies sales break out 65% foodservice, 15% export, 10% industrial, 8% retail and 2% institution. Product forms are 89% fresh and 11% frozen; 83.4% cut-up. The company brand is Marshall Durbin. Geographically, sales break out 50% Southeast, 14% international, 12% Northeast, 8% Midwest, 8% Southwest and 8% West.

Capital improvements:  Marshall Durbin reported making numerous facility and infrastructure upgrades in 2010. The company plans to continue improvements to facilities and equipment in 2011, including a $4 million expansion to deboning and marination operations.


21>Cagle’s, Inc.  Atlanta, Georgia
Ready-To-Cook Volume
7.48 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
UP 0.35 Mil Lbs. UP 4.9%
Live Throughput @ Plants
2.03 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 4.79 Lbs.

Sales $307 million
Employees 1,954
Slaughter/processing plants 2
Further processing plants 2
Cooking plant 1
Distribution center 1
Hatchery (2.47 million eggs wkly) 1
Feed mill (15,000 metric tons wkly) 1
Breeder farms 56
Breeder houses 147
Broiler farms 154
Broiler houses 618

Cagle’s Chairman and CEO J. Douglas Cagle reported 7.48 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, an increase of 0.35 million pounds or 4.9%.

Sales and marketing:  Cagle’s sales break out 31% institution, 27% foodservice, 24% export and 18% retail. Product forms are 76% fresh and 24% frozen; 92% cut-up and 8% non-cooked further processed. The company has 12 brands (including private label). Geographically, sales break out 26% Midwest, 24% international, 23% Southeast, 22% Northeast, 4% West and 1% Southwest.

Capital improvements:  Cagle’s Pine Mountain Valley plant was converted from a small-bird, fast-food operation to a deboning operation in 2010. The change involved adjustments in live operations, plant operations and sales and marketing. Current live-bird size at Pine Mountain averages 7 pounds and will be steadily increased over the next two years until weights reach between 8 and 8 1/2 pounds. The operation produces boneless/skinless breast and tenders, cut wings and 4/10 fresh leg quarters as well as frozen export leg quarters. The potential for sizing boneless filets and tenders is currently being analyzed.


22>Mar-Jac Poultry, Inc.  Gainesville, Georgia
Ready-To-Cook Volume
7.20 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
Live Throughput @ Plants
2.00 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 4.40 Lbs.

Employees 1,200
Slaughter/processing plant 1
Further processing plant 1
Hatchery (2.5 million eggs wkly) 1
Feed mill (9,500 metric tons wkly) 1
Breeder farms 32
Breeder houses 56
Broiler farms 350
Broiler houses 675

Mar-Jac Poultry CEO Pete Martin reported 7.20 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010.

Sales and marketing:  Mar-Jac sales break out 45% foodservice, 30% export and 25% institution. Product forms are 60% fresh and 40% frozen; 80% cut-up; and 30% non-cooked further processed. Mar-Jac has 200 products. The company brand is MJ. Geographically, sales break out 40% Southeast, 30% international, 15% Midwest and 15% Northeast.

Capital improvements:  In 2010, Mar-Jac Poultry built a new ice room at a cost of $550,000. The company plans to remodel its cut-up department and install new baggers at a cost of $1.4 million.


23>Gold’n Plump Poultry, Inc.  St. Cloud, Minnesota
Ready-To-Cook Volume
6.90 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
UP 0.30 Mil Lbs. UP 4.5%
Live Throughput @ Plants
1.74 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 4.85 Lbs.

Sales $286 million
Employees 1,500
Slaughter/processing plants 2
Further processing plant 1
Distribution center 1
Hatcheries (2.18 million eggs wkly) 2
Feed mills (8,344 metric tons wkly) 2
Breeder farms 66
Breeder houses 76
Broiler farms 226
Broiler houses 268

Gold’n Plump CEO Mike Helgeson reported 6.90 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, an increase of 0.30 million pounds or 4.5%.

Sales and marketing:  Gold’n Plump sales break out 54.5% retail, 20.7% foodservice, 14.1% industrial, 7.7% other and 3% export. Product forms are 95% fresh and 5% frozen; and 81% cut-up. Gold’n Plump has 358 products. The company brand is Gold’n Plump. Geographically, sales break out 78% Midwest, 9% West, 5% Northeast, 5% Southeast and 3% international.

Capital improvements:  Gold’n Plump reported a number of capital improvements in 2010, including the expansion of the Arcaia, Wis., complex with the addition to the first-processing floor of 24,000 square feet, four breeder and two broiler barns. Capital improvements at the Cold Spring, Minn., complex included expansion of the waste water treatment facility to meet new EPA regulations along with the addition of a broiler barn.

Planned for 2011 is an 8,600-square-feet expansion to the chiller operation in Cold Spring, Minn., at a cost of $2 million.


24>Claxton Poultry Farms  Claxton, Georgia
Ready-To-Cook Volume
6.40 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
DOWN 0.07 Mil Lbs. DOWN 1.1%
Live Throughput @ Plants
1.72 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 4.60 Lbs.

Sales $268.4 million
Employees 1,650
Slaughter/processing plant 1
Hatcheries (2,260,000 million eggs wkly) 2
Feed mill (7,800 metric tons wkly) 1
Breeder farms 42
Breeder houses 101
Broiler farms 173
Broiler houses 539

Claxton Poultry President Jerry Lane reported 6.40 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, a decrease of 0.07 million pounds or 1.1%.

Sales and marketing:  Claxton Poultry sales break out 55% foodservice, 35% retail and 10% export. Product forms are 82% fresh and 18% frozen; and 90% cut-up. Claxton Poultry has 135 products. The company brand is Claxton Select.


25>Harrison Poultry, Inc.  Bethlehem, Georgia
Ready-To-Cook Volume
4.62 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
UP 0.06 Mil Lbs. UP 1.3%
Live Throughput @ Plants
0.93 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 6.20 Lbs.

Sales $190 million
Employees 800
Slaughter/processing plant 1
Hatchery (1.2 million eggs wkly) 1
Feed mill (6,500 metric tons wkly) 1
Breeder farms 30
Breeder houses 45
Broiler houses 435

Harrison Poultry President and CEO Mike Welch reported 4.62 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, an increase of 0.06 million pounds or 1.3%.

Sales and marketing:  Harrison Poultry sales break out 60% retail, 25% foodservice, 10% export and 5% institution. Product forms are 85% fresh and 15% frozen; and 75% cut-up. The company brand is Harrison Golden Goodness.


26>Golden-Rod Broilers, Inc.  Cullman, Alabama
Ready-To-Cook Volume
3.42 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
Live Throughput @ Plants
1.10 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 4.15 Lbs.

Slaughter/processing plant 1
Hatcheries 3
Feed mill 1


27>Coleman Natural Foods  Lakewood, Colorado
Ready-To-Cook Volume
3.11 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
UP 0.21 Mil Lbs. UP 7.2%
Live Throughput @ Plants
0.693 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 5.96 Lbs.

Sales $471 million
Employees 2,124
Slaughter/processing plants 3
Further processing plants 3
Cooking plants 3
Distribution centers 4
Hatcheries (819,000 eggs wkly) 2
Feed mills (2,840 metric tons wkly) 2
Breeder farms 13
Breeder houses 25
Broiler farms 135
Broiler houses 509

Coleman Natural Foods CEO Mark McKay reported 3.11 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, an increase of 0.21 million pounds or 7.2%.

Sales and marketing:  Coleman Natural sales break out 62% retail, 25% foodservice and 13% industrial. Company brands are Coleman Natural, Rosie Organic, Rocky the Range Chicken, Coleman Organic, Draper Valley Farms, Draper Valley Farms Organic, Ranger - The Free Range Chicken and Han’s All-Natural. Geographically, sales break out 25% Northeast, 25% West, 20% Northwest, 20% Southeast, 5% Midwest and 5% Southwest.


28>Farmers Pride, Inc.  Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania
Ready-To-Cook Volume
2.78 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
Live Throughput @ Plants
0.80 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 5.50 Lbs.

Sales $195 million
Employees 1,150
Slaughter/processing plant 1
Hatchery (615,000 eggs wkly) 1
Broiler farms 110
Broiler houses 200

Farmers Pride Chairman and President CEO Scott I. Sechler reported 2.78 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010.

Sales and marketing:  Farmers Pride, Inc., sales break out 80% retail and 20% foodservice. Product forms are 85% fresh and 15% frozen; and 85% cut-up. Farmers Pride has 40 products. Company brands are Farmers Pride and Bell & Evans. Geographically, sales break out 60% Northeast, 18% Midwest, 10% Southeast, 10% Southwest and 2% West.


29>Holmes Foods  Nixon, Texas
Ready-To-Cook Volume
2.19 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
Live Throughput @ Plants
0.65 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 4.00 Lbs.

Employees 400
Slaughter/processing plant 1
Further processing plant 1
Distribution center 1
Hatchery (715,000 eggs wkly) 1
Feed mill (2,800 metric tons wkly) 1
Breeder farms 12
Breeder houses 40
Broiler farms 35
Broiler houses 179


30>Draper Valley Farms, Inc.  Mount Vernon, Washington
Ready-To-Cook Volume
1.34 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
DOWN 0.09 Mil Lbs. DOWN 6.3%
Live Throughput @ Plants
0.33 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 5.33 Lbs.

Draper Valley CEO Mark McKay reported 1.34 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, a decrease of 0.09 million pounds or 6.3%.

Draper Valley Farms is owned by Booth Creek Management Corp., a Colorado equity group with extensive interests in the food industry.


31>MBA Poultry, LLC  Tecumseh, Nebraska
Ready-To-Cook Volume
1.25 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
Live Throughput @ Plants
0.32 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 6.15 Lbs.

Employees 400
Slaughter/processing plant 1
Further processing plant 1
Broiler farms 3-10


32>Gerber’s Poultry  Kidron, Ohio
Ready-To-Cook Volume
1.10 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
UP 0.03 Mil Lbs. UP 2.8%
Live Throughput @ Plants
0.32 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 4.93 Lbs.

Sales $60 million
Employees 350
Slaughter/processing plant 1
Further processing plant 1
Distribution center 1
Hatchery (400,000 eggs wkly) 1
Broiler farms 132
Broiler houses 148

Gerber’s Poultry President Mike Gerber reported 1.10 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, an increase of 0.03 million pounds or 2.8%.

Sales and marketing:  Gerber’s Poultry sales break out 70% retail and 30% foodservice. Product forms are 98% fresh and 2% frozen; 75% cut-up; and 10% non-cooked further processed. The company brand is Gerber’s Amish Farm Chicken. Geographically, sales break out 100% Midwest.

Capital improvements:  In 2010, Gerber Poultry completed construction of a live-holding building and a waste-collection system at the hatchery. The company also remodeled the retail store, updated processing equipment, and updated its computer infrastructure. In 2011, the company plans upgrades to processing equipment valued at $300,000.


33>Lady Forest Farms  Forest, Mississippi
Ready-To-Cook Volume
1.06 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
Live Throughput @ Plants
0.35 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 4.05 Lbs.


34>Gentry Poultry Co., Inc.  Ward, South Carolina
Ready-To-Cook Volume
1.02 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
Live Throughput @ Plants
0.31 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 4.35 Lbs.

Sales $50 million
Employees 200
Slaughter/processing plant 1
Further processing plant 1
Broiler farms 28
Broiler houses 170-210

Gentry Poultry CEO and President W.M. Gentry, Jr., reported 1.02 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010.

Sales and marketing:  Gentry Poultry sales break out 40% retail, 30% foodservice and 30% institution. Product forms are 100% fresh; 70% cut-up; and 10% non-cooked further processed. Gentry Poultry has 25-30 products. The company brand is Gentry.


35>Park Farms, Inc.  Canton, Ohio
Ready-To-Cook Volume
0.99 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
Live Throughput @ Plants
0.33 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 4.00 Lbs.

Employees 320
Slaughter/processing plant 1
Further processing plant 1
Distribution center 1
Hatchery (400,000 eggs wkly) 1
Broiler farms 14
Broiler houses 105


36>Hain Pure Protein Corp.  Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania
Ready-To-Cook Volume
0.92 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
UP 0.08 Mil Lbs. UP 9.5%
Live Throughput @ Plants
0.23 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 5.30 Lbs.

Employees 220
Slaughter/processing plant 1
Further processing plant 1
Rendering plant 1
Hatchery (235,000 eggs wkly) 1
Feed mill (1,100 metric tons wkly) 1
Broiler farms 28
Broiler houses 56

Hain Pure Protein produced an estimated 0.92 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010, an increase of 0.08 million pounds or 9.5%.

Sales and marketing:  Hain Pure Protein produces natural and organic poultry. The company’s FreeBird antibiotic-free chickens are fed a diet free of animal byproducts.


37>Miller Poultry  Orland, Indiana
Ready-To-Cook Volume
0.88 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
Live Throughput @ Plants
0.22 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 5.30 Lbs.

Slaughter/processing plant 1
Hatchery 1
Feed mill 1

Miller Poultry produced an estimated 0.88 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010. The company brand is Amish Country Poultry.


38>Murray’s Chickens  Fallsburg, New York
Ready-To-Cook Volume
0.79 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
Live Throughput @ Plants
0.23 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 5.00 Lbs.

Sales $22 million
Employees 350
Slaughter/processing plant 1

Murray’s Chickens produced 0.79 million pounds of RTC chicken on a weekly basis in 2010, according to President and CEO Murray Bresky.

Sales and marketing:  Murray’s Chickens sales break out 80% retail and 20% foodservice. Product forms are 75% fresh; 5% frozen, 5% cut-up, 10% non-cooked further processed and 5% cooked. Murray’s offers 100 products. The company brand is Murray’s Chickens.


39>Empire Kosher Poultry, Inc.  Mifflintown, Pennsylvania
Ready-To-Cook Volume
0.59 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
Live Throughput @ Plants
0.23 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 4.98 Lbs.

Employees 680
Slaughter/processing plant 1
Further processing plant 1
Cooking plant 1
Hatchery (480,000 eggs wkly) 1
Feed mill (5,040 metric tons wkly) 1
Breeder farms 9
Breeder houses 16
Broiler farms 40
Broiler houses 77


40>Eberly Poultry, Inc.  Stevens, Pennsylvania
Ready-To-Cook Volume
0.31 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
Live Throughput @ Plants
0.08 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 5.18 Lbs.

Eberly Poultry, Inc., produced an estimated 0.31 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010.


41>Vineland Kosher Poultry, Inc.  Vineland, New Jersey
Ready-To-Cook Volume
0.31 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
Live Throughput @ Plants
0.08 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 5.10 Lbs.

Vineland Kosher Poultry produced an estimated 0.31 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010. The company reportedly shut down production on December 31, 2010.


42>Agri Star Meat & Poultry, LLC  Postville, Iowa
Ready-To-Cook Volume
0.29 Mil Lbs. Wkly.
Live Throughput @ Plants
0.07 Mil Hd. Wkly.
Avg. Wt. Per Hd. 5.40 Lbs.

Agri Star Meat & Poultry produced an estimated 0.29 million pounds RTC chicken production on a weekly basis in 2010.