This company's chickens have roads in three states to cross. Mountaire Farms operates poultry hatcheries and processing plants in several states, including Delaware, Maryland, and North Carolina. Each week, the vertically integrated poultry processor produces more than 2 million pounds of fresh, frozen, and value-added chicken products for wholesale, foodservice, and private-label food customers. Mountaire Farms sells its chicken products throughout the US and overseas. The company owns feed mills across its operations for its own use and operates full-service grain elevators in Maryland and Delaware that handle corn, soybeans, wheat, and barley from local farmers.
Mountaire Farms processes some 250 million chickens. It operates breeder facilities in North Carolina and mills in North Carolina, Maryland, and Delaware. It contracts with local trucking companies to deliver its grain.
Arkansas-based Mountaire Farms sells its poultry products nationwide and overseas. It has operations across the East Coast in Delaware, Maryland, and North Carolina.
Sales and Marketing
Mountaire Farms offers its customers poultry processing, case-ready poultry, and exports.
The company sells its products through a network of wholesale distributors. Its products, including fresh and frozen, are sold under its own retail private label, to the foodservice industry and to wholesalers for export.
The poultry processor boasts a variety of brand names. Its foodservice products are sold under the Mountaire Black Label Brand, its Asian foodservice brand is BO-SAN, and its wholesale brand is Mountaire Blue Label.
Its product sales comprise 80% fresh and 20% frozen. It generates revenue from multiple industries, including retail (29% of 2012 sales), foodservice (29%), industrial (22%), and export (20%).
To keep up with demand, the company has had to expand capacity at its feed mills. In 2011 Mountaire Farms added 2,700 feet of track to its feed mill operation in Candor, North Carolina, allowing the poultry products company to unload some 90 trains within 15 hours.
It also purchased Gavilon Grain in Townsend, Delaware, in 2012 to expand its business.
Mountaire hoped to purchase the assets of competitor
Allen Family Foods
, which filed for bankruptcy in mid-2011; however, it lost the auction to South Korea-based Harim Holdings. Harim's bid of $48 million for Allen Family Foods beat out Mountaire's $30 million offer.
Privately held, Mountaire Farms started in 1914 as the Hays Grain and Commission Company, a feed business located in Arkansas. In 1971 it began processing poultry and changed its name to Mountaire.