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said his company saw positive signs at the close of the
year and expects to grow the business in 2020.
The top five producers: Butterball LLC, Jennie-O
Turkey Store, Cargill Protein, Farbest Foods Inc. and Tyson
Foods Inc. collectively dropped their production by 54 million pounds, or about 1%, in 2019, compared with 2018.
Those five companies represent 62% of total domestic turkey production covered in the WATT Global Media survey.
The group expects to drop production again in 2020, too.
According to the survey responses, the top five's output will
decline to 4.443 billion pounds, or by about 0.6%, in 2020.

Fallout of Zacky closure
The closure of Zacky & Sons Poultry at the beginning of
2019 likely accounted for a notable portion of the yearover-year production decline. The California turkey producer slaughtered an estimated 82.96 million pounds of
live turkeys in 2018, but it closed its doors in January 2019
citing an inability to do business in the current market.
In October 2019, Foster Farms purchased the former
assets of Zacky after placing the high bid of $31 million
for 19 farms that were formerly part of Zacky. If combined, the full production capacity of Zacky's former assets would raise the California-based turkey and chicken
producer's annual output above 300 million pounds.

Top companies invest in production
Jennie-O, Farbest and Dakota Provisions invested in
new operations in 2019. In January 2019, Jennie-O
opened a $137 million processing plant in Melrose,
Minnesota. The plant partially replaced an existing
plant in the city.
In 2019, Farbest spent $10 million on its
Huntingburg, Indiana, processing plant, to continue

WATT PoultryUSA Top Companies survey, 2020

TOP TURKEY COMPANIES, TOTAL
Rank

Company

1

Butterball

2

Jennie-O Turkey Store

3

Cargill Protein

4

Farbest Foods

5

Tyson Foods

6

Kraft Heinz Company

7

Perdue Foods

8

Cooper Farms

9

Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative Inc.

10

Michigan Turkey Producers

Plainville Farms sold

11

Dakota Provisions

The assets of Hain Pure Protein's turkey operation were
also sold early in the year 2019 after an extended campaign to sell the business.
In February 2019, The Hain Celestial Group Inc., sold
its turkey operations and its brand - Plainville Farms -
to a Delaware limited liability company called Plainville
Brands LLC. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Those
operations are now doing business as Plainville Farms.
However, the new unit produced 35 million less pounds of
live turkeys in 2019 than it did the prior year.
Hain Celestial also sold its chicken operations -
branded as FreeBird and Empire Kosher - to Aterian
Investment Partners, a private equity firm, for $80 million.

12

West Liberty Foods LLC

13

Foster Farms

14

Turkey Valley Farms

15

Plainville Farms LLC¹

16

Prestage Farms

17

Pitman Family Farms

18

Northern Pride Inc.

19

White Water Processing Co.

20

Koch's Turkey Farm

21

Jaindl Turkey Sales Inc.

1. Plainville Farms acquired the turkey operations of Hain Pure Protein in 2019.

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Poultry USA - March 2020
Contents
A new decade to resist slow-growing genetics
4 trends that changed poultry production in the last decade
2020 Top poultry companies
Top broiler companies expand, face favorable market
WATT PoultryUSA’s 2020 top broiler companies
Average weekly broiler liveweight slaughter
WATT PoultryUSA’s 2020 top broiler companies
Top US broiler companies: 2020 profiles
Average weight per broiler slaughtered trend, live lbs.
Average weight per broiler slaughtered, live lbs.
Average weekly broiler slaughter, million head
Comparison of broiler slaughter, million lbs
Average weekly broiler production, RTC
Broiler companies, sales
Top companies broiler facilities
Broiler companies, number of employees
Top 7 broiler companies 2011-2019
Slaughter growth of top 7 broiler companies vs. 8-30
US turkey production falls by 5% in 2019
WATT PoultryUSA’s 2020 top turkey companies
Top US turkey companies: 2020 profiles
Turkey companies, number of employees
Turkey companies, sales
Top companies turkey facilities
Product Review
Ad Index
Market Place
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Poultry USA - March 2020 - Contents
Poultry USA - March 2020 - A new decade to resist slow-growing genetics
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Poultry USA - March 2020 - 4 trends that changed poultry production in the last decade
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Poultry USA - March 2020 - Top broiler companies expand, face favorable market
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Poultry USA - March 2020 - WATT PoultryUSA’s 2020 top broiler companies
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Poultry USA - March 2020 - Average weekly broiler liveweight slaughter
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Poultry USA - March 2020 - Average weight per broiler slaughtered trend, live lbs.
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Poultry USA - March 2020 - Broiler companies, sales
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Poultry USA - March 2020 - Top 7 broiler companies 2011-2019
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