PoultryUSA - March 2018 - 22
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THE WORLD'S LEADING BROILER, TURKEY AND EGG PRODUCERS
pounds of ready-to-cook chicken (RTC) on a weekly basis in
2017, 36.03 million pounds - or about 4 percent - more than
the 862.84 million pounds produced on a weekly basis in 2016.
Nineteen of the 32 companies saw production rise yearover-year while nine experienced no change. Comparatively,
only four companies decreased output during the year. The
decrease was relatively slight as well. As a whole, those
four companies accounted for a decline of only 1.36 million
pounds RTC on a weekly basis.
Top producers invest in expansion
The five largest chicken companies in the U.S. - Tyson
Foods Inc., Pilgrim's Pride Corp., Sanderson Farms, Perdue
Foods and Koch Foods Inc. - retained their leading position
in 2017. With the exception of Koch, all increased yearover-year production. With the wind at their backs, four of
these companies committed to major investments in 2017 to
grow production in the future.
Tyson Foods, the top chicken company, produced
174.80 million pounds of ready-to-cook chicken on a
weekly basis in 2017, an increase of 510,000 pounds - or
about .29 percent - from 2016.
Tyson launched two major expansion projects in 2017,
both in the Volunteer State. In August 2017, it announced
the $84 million expansion of its Union City, Tennessee,
poultry plant. The expansion is expected to add more than
300 jobs and require the addition of 200 more broiler
chicken houses. It should be completed in 2019.
In November 2017, the company announced it would
place a $300 million chicken production complex in
Humboldt, Tennessee. The new plant will produce prepackaged trays of fresh chicken for retail grocery stores
nationwide and is expected to process 1.25 million birds
per week, increasing overall production capacity by the
same amount. The project is expected to create more than
No small feat.
The new Konavi Feeder
The Konavi® Feeding System is a breakthrough
in global broiler feeding. It features an angled
cone with anti-rake fins that helps keep birds
out of the feeder to maintain fresh, clean feed.
With its low pan height and patented scalloped
edge, the Konavi Feeder invites chicks to eat
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from the pan from day one and gives birds