WATT PoultryUSA’s 2011 Rankings
U.S. chicken producers
increased volume in 2010
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U.S. chicken companies stepped up
2010 production with hefty increases in
ready-to-cook production, according to
WATT PoultryUSA poultry rankings.
BY GARY THORNTON
The U.S. chicken industry cranked up production in 2010
with 22 companies in WATT PoultryUSA’s 2011 rankings
reporting increases in ready-to-cook chicken production.
Increases in production among 42 chicken companies surveyed ranged from 1.3% to 36.9%, with the median rise in RTC
production at 6.2%.
Top 10 post gains, declines
Of the top 10 chicken producers, eight posted increases in RTC
chicken production on an average weekly basis in 2010, with No. 1
ranked Tyson Foods leading the pack with an increase of 10.1%.
Top 10 companies registering declines in production in 2010 are
No. 2 ranked Pilgrim’s Pride, which cut production by 6.5%, and
No. 3 ranked Perdue Farms, which lowered production by 0.7%.
Other chicken producers in the top 10 reported signi;cant
increases: Fourth-ranked Sanderson Farms up 5.8%, ;fth-ranked
Koch Foods up 6.7%, sixth-ranked Wayne Farms up 6.2%,
seventh-ranked Mountaire Farms up 6.3%, eighth-ranked House
of Raeford Farms up 7.3%, ninth-ranked Foster Farms up 5.1%
and tenth-ranked Peco Foods up 6.1%.
Other production gainers
Other producers with notable gains in average weekly RTC
production include No. 12 ranked Simmons Foods
+ 13.6%, No. 15 ranked George’s + 11.4%, No. 16
ranked Case Foods + 5.9%, No. 18 ranked Amick
Farms + 36.9% and No. 20 ranked Marshall Durbin
Companies + 5.0%.
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