Miller Poultry named Whole Foods supplier of the year

Miller Poultry has been honored with the Global Supplier of the Year award from Whole Foods Market.

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Galen Miller, owner of Miller Poultry | Photo courtesy of Pas Reform
Galen Miller, owner of Miller Poultry | Photo courtesy of Pas Reform

Miller Poultry has been honored with the Global Supplier of the Year award from Whole Foods Market.

The award was presented on April 19 at Whole Foods’ annual supplier awards ceremony, which spotlights producers that exemplify the grocer’s mission and core values through a commitment to quality, environmental stewardship, ethical sourcing and culinary innovation.

According to a press release from Whole Foods Market, Miller Poultry was recognized for its visionary approach to animal welfare and its commitment to raising “high-quality, healthy chickens.”

“In addition to providing a premium organic selection, Miller Poultry only uses non-GMO feed for their conventional, no-antibiotic birds. They’ve shown true innovation and growth with both their non-GMO project verification and the purchase and remodel of an outdated feed mill, that not only expanded their business, but created jobs in their community,” the press release stated.

Miller Poultry in 2016 revealed that it was expanding its operations by adding about 52 new contract growers and adding a second shift to its plant in Orland, Indiana, the same town in which Miller Poultry is headquartered.

The company is also renovating its hatchery in Goshen, Indiana. Upon completion of the renovation, the hatchery was expected to have the capacity to set 1.1 million eggs on a weekly basis.

Also being honored by Whole Foods with the Global Supplier of the Year award was Pacha Soap Company.

“Our shoppers look to Whole Foods Market for new and delicious products, and we are honored to recognize our top supplier partners who demonstrate industry-leading innovation and impactful work,” said A.C. Gallo, president and chief operating officer at Whole Foods Market. “These national and local suppliers were selected from thousands of driven, passionate, mission-based brands at Whole Foods Market and represent the best in class in sourcing, and commitment to the highest quality standards.”  

Miller Poultry, according to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, is the 25th largest broiler company in the United States. It processed 2.7 million pounds of ready-to-cook chicken on a weekly basis in 2017. The company is headquartered in Orland, Indiana.

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