A Family Legacy Begins

As we celebrate our centennial—and the start of our second century—we invite you to take a trip down memory lane and explore the history of our family-owned company.

  • 1920s

    1920s

    Arthur Perdue founded his poultry company in 1920, the same year his wife, Pearl, gave birth to their son, Franklin Parsons Perdue.


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  • 1930s

    1930s

    The Perdues' poultry business continued to grow as local farmers trusted Arthur as a man of integrity.


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    1930s

  • 1940s

    1940s

    A poultry disease sweeping through the region destroyed most of the company’s flocks and threatened the family business.


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  • 1950s

    1950s

    Frank took over leadership of the business, which became incorporated as A.W. Perdue & Son.


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    1950s

  • 1960s

    1960s

    The company gained traction in the grain and oilseed business as Frank recognized the increasing importance of feed ingredients, investing in grain receiving and soybean processing.


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  • 1970s

    1970s

    The company's first TV commercial aired in the early ’70s and introduced Frank Perdue, the first company leader to successfully serve as an advertising spokesperson in a major branding campaign.


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    1970s

  • 1980s

    1980s

    Perdue added turkey to its poultry portfolio, introduced its first fully cooked products with the PERDUE® DONE IT® line and branched out into foodservice.


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  • 1990s

    1990s

    Jim Perdue was named chairman in 1991, becoming a third-generation company leader, and took over the role of advertising spokesperson in 1994.


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    1990s

  • 2000-2005

    2000-2005

    Streamlined production, investments in state-of-the-art equipment and a brand-new innovation center positioned the company well in the new century.


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  • 2006-2010

    2006-2010

    Perdue launched the HARVESTLAND® brand, featuring chicken raised with no antibiotics ever, and became the first poultry company to provide consumers the assurance of a USDA Process Verified Program.


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    2006-2010

  • 2011-2014

    2011-2014

    Perdue purchased Coleman Natural Foods and became the leading producer of organic chicken and no-antibiotics-ever chicken, turkey and pork.


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  • 2015

    2015

    Continuing to focus on premium proteins and trusted brands, Perdue Farms acquired Natural Food Holdings, including the NIMAN RANCH® brand, the PRAIRIE GROVE® brand and pork processing operations.


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    2015

  • 2016

    2016

    Groundbreaking Commitments to Animal Care transformed the company's approach to raising chickens, moving from the industry norm of basic needs to the Five Freedoms


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  • 2017

    2017

    The PERDUE® brand continued to make advertising history by introducing a fourth generation of family advertising spokespersons.


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    2017

  • 2018

    2018

    In 2018, we marked the 50th anniversary of the PERDUE® brand and brought the party home with a celebration at our Salisbury, Md., plant where it all started.


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Moving into our Next Century

As we look forward to our second century, our path ahead is about getting better, not just bigger.

We'll continue our ongoing journey to become the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products.

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