Producing Safe, High-quality, Affordable Food
of chickens raised with no antibiotics ever
of U.S.-sold products made in the U.S.
of U.S.-sold products from animal raised and processed in the U.S.
CN (child nutrition) products
low- or reduced- sodium products
whole grain products
of operations covered by the Global Food Safety Initiative
In 2016, we capped 18 months of industry-leading milestones in reducing antibiotic use by becoming the first major chicken company to eliminate the routine use of all antibiotics. This includes:
As part of our commitment to animal care, we will never withhold appropriate treatment and will administer a short, targeted course of antibiotics when a veterinarian prescribes them, which happens in roughly 5% of chicken flocks.
Hogs for the COLEMAN NATURAL® and NIMAN RANCH® brands continue to be raised under no-antibiotics-ever protocols, also with an average of about 5% requiring treatment.
In 2016, our no-antibiotics-ever turkey production reached 75% of live weight.
Perdue announced that, by removing all animal antibiotics, we were raising 95% of our chickens without any antibiotics, becoming the first major poultry company to end the routine use of all antibiotics.
Perdue converted all our frozen and refrigerated convenience products to no antibiotics ever, transforming the retail chicken market. Our no-antibiotics-ever chicken production reached 67%, and turkey surpassed the halfway mark. Perdue Foodservice announced that it would convert all its turkey products to no antibiotics ever, joining a full roster of no-antibiotics-ever chicken.
No-antibiotics-ever production exceeded 50% of our chickens and 40% of our turkeys. Perdue Foodservice converted its K-12 products to no antibiotics ever during the 2014-15 school year. That fall, Perdue acquired Niman Ranch, increasing no-antibiotics-ever pork and beef production.
By improving husbandry and hatchery practices, Perdue ended the routine use of human antibiotics in our chicken production. Over the previous 12 years, our use of human antibiotics in chicken production dropped by 95%. Other poultry companies and some of their customers followed with promises to reduce antibiotic use. Later that year, Perdue transitioned all PERDUE® SIMPLY SMART® convenience products to no antibiotics ever.