It doesn't matter if Henny Penny is having hot flashes, Foster Poultry Farms never uses hormones (nor does it inject salt water into its birds to plump them up). The company is a top US poultry processor. Vertically integrated, it takes chickens and turkeys from the incubator to grocers' meat cases, delis, and freezers. Foster Poultry Farms sells some 750 poultry products mostly under the Foster Farms brand. Besides its focus on retail, the company supplies prepared foods to the foodservice industry, including restaurant and other hospitality operators. The family-owned and -operated company was established in 1939 by Max and Verda Foster. The family also owns and operates sister company Foster Dairy Farms.
Foster Poultry Farms has operations in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Oregon, and Washington.
Foster Poultry Farms has been expanding through targeted acquisitions. It purchased a chicken operation in Farmerville, Louisiana, from then struggling Pilgrim's Pride in 2009. The $80-million deal included $40 million from the State of Louisiana, which pledged another $10 million toward equipment upgrades in order to save jobs at the plant. Foster also acquired the Fernando's and El Extremo foodservice brands from ConAgra. Both brands offer ready-to-heat Mexican entrees and appetizers.
As part of its business, the poultry company operates thefosterimposters.com website based on some 20 commercials it has produced since 1993. The website works to educate consumers in the health benefits of eating chicken. Foster Poultry Farms has also earned the distinction of providing the two turkeys pardoned by President Barack Obama during the 2010 annual ceremony commemorating Thanksgiving at the White House. The company also operates a free 24-hour turkey helpline during Thanksgiving. – less