Sanderson Farms has grown from a small general feed and seed business in 1947 to one of the nation's leading food corporations in fiscal 2012, with sales of more than $2.4 billion. We are currently the third largest poultry producer in the U.S., with plans to process over 2.386 billion pounds of meat in fiscal 2013.
Our state-of-the-art facilities provide us the capacity to process more than 9.375 million chickens per week. We currently operate ten poultry plants with our most recent opening in Kinston, NC in January 2011. Combined with our company-owned feed mills and hatcheries, we are well positioned to keep up with the growing demand for our products.
Our 11,000+ employees and over 800 independent growers are committed to offering our customers the very best products on the market today. Perhaps that's why the products carrying the Sanderson Farms® brand name can be found in nearly every state in the country as well as overseas.
Sanderson Farms was incorporated in Mississippi in 1955 as a fully integrated poultry processing company that produces, processes, markets and distributes fresh and frozen chicken products. Our stock became publicly traded in May 1987 and is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol SAFM.
Today, the company continues to build upon its rich traditions, believing that our success is largely due to the values instilled by the tenacious efforts of our founders and our extended family of employees. This includes the tradition of providing quality products to our customers and being responsive to their diverse needs, a hallmark of our business for the past 65 years.