Perdue Farms

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Perdue Farms is the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness, headquartered in Salisbury, Maryland. Perdue Foods is a chicken, turkey and pork processor in the United States. Perdue AgriBusiness is among the leading grain companies in the United States. Perdue Farms has annual sales of $6.7 billion in 2016.[1]


The company was founded in 1920 by Arthur Perdue with his wife Pearl Perdue. The company began selling eggs, and in 1925 Perdue built the company’s first hatchery and began selling layer chicks to farmers instead of just eggs for human consumption.

In 2010, the Assateague Coastal Trust sued Perdue for violating the Clean Water Act because the company allegedly allowed too much chicken manure to enter the Bay. Also in 2010, the Humane Society of the United States filed a lawsuit against Perdue because the company violated a New Jersey consumer deception law by labeling its products “all-natural” and “humanely raised” even though consumers would not consider the conditions under which Perdue chickens are raised to be “humane.” The Humane Society filed a similar lawsuit in Florida in April 2013. Perdue was criticized for failing to follow some basic animal welfare practices in its factories. The guidelines Perdue follows, which were created by the National Chicken Council, have come under fire for allowing birds to be deprived of light, food and water for long periods of time, and also for allowing animals to be hung upside down by their ankles before slaughter.[2][3][4]

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