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. The 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 originated as a turkey producer, but added chicken
in 1959. Chicken products now account for some 90% of overall
Raeford has processing plants and facilities in Georgia,
Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
In 2013 the company announced that it would 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.
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
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