2018 Key Facts and Figures

>2.2B

chickens raised by our family farm partners

>5,400

family farm partners

$1.2B

paid to family farm partners

“Family farm” is any farm organized as a sole proprietorship, partnership or family corporation where the majority of the business is owned and controlled by a person and his or her relatives.

Our business can only be successful if the family farmers who supply the chickens to our operations are profitable. Their success leads to more vibrant rural communities, increased economic opportunities for rural families and a consistent supply of high-quality products that our customers have come to expect and enjoy.

In 2018, Pilgrim’s partnered with more than 5,400 U.S., Puerto Rican, Mexican and European family farm partners and paid them more than $1.1 billion to raise our chickens. In the U.S., we do not own poultry facilities, but work in partnership with family farmers to whom we provide poultry and feed, as well as technical and veterinary services. In Europe and Mexico, we own poultry facilities in addition to working in partnership with family farmers. Our family farm partners provide the labor, housing, bedding and, most important, knowledge and expertise essential to maintaining the Pilgrim’s standards of excellence.

Last year, our family farm partners raised more than 2.2 billion chickens according to our Animal Welfare Program. We audit a subset of our U.S. family farm partners according to our Animal Welfare Program using internal Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organizations (PAACO) certified team members and third-party external auditors.

In Mexico, every farm is audited in compliance with Mexican government standards, including SADER (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development), CPA (Mexico-United States Commission for the Prevention of Diseases and Other Exotic Animal Diseases), SAGARPA (Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food), SEMARNAT (Ministry of the Environment and Natural resources) and State Civil Protection.

In Europe, all poultry farms are Red Tractor approved, and our farms meet or exceed Red Tractor, Bord Bia or equivalent welfare standards. Farms are audited to this standard by independent and approved certification bodies. In addition, for purchased meats, Pilgrim’s Moy Park operates under a Policy for Supply Chain Assurance for meat and ingredients, ensuring that meat products come from approved suppliers who operate to a minimum Red Tractor or equivalent standard.

Branded Chicken Program Requirements

Programs Program Requirements
Just Bare Natural
  • Farm has passed the American Humane Certified™ Farm Program assessment based on a list of more than 200 standards unique to chickens.
  • Chickens have been fed 100% vegetable and grain-based diet.
  • Chickens have never been given antibiotics.
Just Bare Organic
  • Certified USDA Organic.
  • Chickens have been fed 100% vegetable and grain-based diet.
  • Chickens have never been given antibiotics.
Gold'n Plump
  • Chickens have never been given antibiotics.
Linea Selecto
  • Chickens have been fed 100% vegetable and grain-based diet.
  • Chickens have never been given antibiotics.