Chickens are always on the menu at this company. Perdue Incorporated is one of the largest poultry (chicken and turkey) producers in the US. The company operates live production and processing facilities in about 15 US states through its some 2,200 contracted poultry farmers. The Perdue Farms division processes and packs more than 3 billion pounds of chicken and turkey a year. The company sells poultry in the US and in 100-plus countries through retail food outlets and to foodservice customers, most of which are located in the eastern half of the US. Its Perdue AgriBusiness company processes grain for animal feed and pet food ingredients, makes vegetable oils, and manufactures fertilizer and renewable fuel.
Perdue continues to strengthen its position in the consumer poultry market with new product innovations, such as frozen and fully-cooked poultry products designed for busy families (and FUN SHAPES Nuggets for the kids). The company has responded to consumer concerns about food quality, trumpeting its "Farm-to-Fork" production and processing capabilities, as well as its antibiotic-free products. It also offers safe-food handling tips on its website.
James Perdue -- like his late father, Frank, before him -- has appeared in the company's advertisements. Perdue uses its own breed of chicken, the skin of which is a distinct yellow color, resulting from a diet that includes marigold petals. Arthur Perdue started the family-owned business in 1920. – less