At House of Raeford Farms, a turkey can become a meatloaf, a pot
roast, or a ham; a chicken can be transformed into fajitas, lunch
meat, or a dog-on-a-stick. The family-owned and
led poultry processor supplies fresh, frozen,
and ready-to-serve chicken and turkey products to retail
supermarkets, in-store delis, and foodservice providers.
It offers a full lineup of whole, cut-up, ground, and boneless
and bone-in meat products, as well as smoked and
breaded cutlets, and packaged entrees. Its House of Raeford
and Lakewood Plantation brands are sold throughout the US and
in certain international markets. Among the largest
poultry processors in the US, Raeford operates from facilities in
the southeastern US.
The company was established as a turkey producer, adding chicken
to its menu in 1959. Chicken products now account for some 90% of
Raeford has processing plants and facilities in Georgia,
Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Sales and Marketing
The company counts several big-name restaurants among its list
of clients, including Applebee's, Ruby Tuesday, Smokey Bones, and
In 2013 the company began to exit the commodity turkey growing
and slaughter business as it increases its focus on chicken
production volumes and fully cooked turkey and chicken product
lines over the next several years. The restructuring resulted in
the closure of a turkey hatchery in Rose Hill, North Carolina, and
a turkey slaughter plant that employed nearly 1,000 in Raeford,
North Carolina, among other operations.
Looking to support its focus on chicken, Raeford in 2014 bought
the Speedy Bird trademark and opened a 64,000-sq.-ft. processing
plant in Mocksville, North Carolina, that produces fully-cooked
chicken products, such as fully-cooked chicken sausage and burgers,
grill-marked fajita strips and filets, and whole muscle and formed
chicken tenders, filet wings, nuggets, and patties.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Raeford in 2014 inked a deal to purchase Georgia-based Filet of
Chicken from Flagship Food Group LLC.
The poultry producer was founded by the Johnson family and
traces its history to the 1930s. The company is currently run by
the third-generation of the family, including CEO Robert