Executive Summary

A Year of Advancement

As we look back at 2018, it was a year of advancement in making organic chicken more accessible; building momentum in our industry-leading animal care commitments; and making progress in the key areas of environment, diversity and inclusion, communities and people, reinforcing our stewardship platform:

“We believe in responsible food and agriculture.®”


We believe in responsibly producing safe, high-quality, trusted and affordable food.

  • Grew our leadership in organic chicken with the introduction of the PERDUE® SIMPLY SMART® Organics chicken line
  • Continued to introduce new products that meet demand for both convenience and sustainability


We believe in being responsible stewards of our natural resources.

  • Made progress on our five-year goals for reductions in greenhouse gas, water use and solid waste
  • Processed soybeans with renewable energy and recycled water at our Pennsylvania commercial crushing plant

Animal Care

We believe in responsibly raising animals for food.

  • Hosted our third annual Animal Care Summit, reporting our progress toward goals outlined in 2017 and committing to next steps
  • Committed to researching different chicken breeds as part of our continuous improvement in poultry care
  • Continued to bring high welfare levels to live bird handling, beginning at the farm
  • Worked with our farmers to create better poultry house enrichments
  • Achieved Tier Two ranking—the second best—in the global 2018 Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare for the second straight year

People & Partners

We believe in being a responsible employer, investing in our associates’ growth, safety and well-being.

  • Received 24 safety awards from the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council
  • Hosted first Diversity and Inclusion Forum
  • Named to “Best Employers for Diversity” list by Forbes
  • Increased hourly production pay rates and paid out a profit-sharing bonus to all eligible associates
  • Recognized for our Health and Wellness Program


We believe in being responsible members of the communities where we do business.

  • Provided food, financial aid and volunteer support to natural disaster relief efforts, including hurricanes and flooding in the Carolinas and wildfires in Sonoma County
  • Recognized as a Mission Partner by Feeding America for 2018
  • Provided more than $1.5 million in grants through the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
  • Perdue truckers paid tribute to fallen heroes through partnership with Wreaths Across America
  • Coleman Natural pledged $800,000 to Pups4Patriots Program


We believe in helping agricultural customers prosper with flexible, forward-thinking solutions.

  • Improved organic grain supply chain efficiency through leased warehouse at Port of Baltimore
  • Improved service for farmers at harvest time


We believe in responsibly contributing to the economic stability of our company and our business partners.

  • New advertising helps promote organic chicken and convenience
  • Reaching millennial shoppers with a fresh look for PERDUE® fresh chicken
  • Celebrating the 50th anniversary of PERDUE® branded chicken
  • Investing in our operations to meet customer demand



Consumer Brands
Perdue Simply Smart Organics
Perdue Harvestland
Coleman Natural
Draper Valley
Petaluma Poultry
Praire Grove Farms
Niman Ranch
Panorama Meats
Spot Farms Pet
Full Moon Pet
Business to Business
Perdue Foodservice
Perdue Foods
Perdue Foods International
Perdue agriBusiness