The winning company for the 2023 Chicken Marketer of the Year was announced this week at the Chicken Marketing Summit at the Hotel Effie Sandestin in Miramar Beach, Florida.

Wayne-Sanderson Farms helped cost-conscious consumers save money, be more creative in their cooking, and reduce food waste with the launch of its innovative Search By Ingredient tool. As a result of the marketing campaign, Wayne-Sanderson Farms was named the 2023 Chicken Marketer of the Year.

Randy Keene, VP Fresh Sales; Hilary Burroughs, VP Marketing and Communication; Keri Hart, Brand Manager; Tom Bell, VP Prepared Foods Sales

Now in its second year, the Chicken Marketer of the Year award honors exceptional efforts in retail, foodservice, direct-to-consumer, producer/integrator organizations and companies who have demonstrated innovative marketing and creative excellence in promoting chicken consumption. Previously, the 2022 Chicken Marketer of the Year was awarded to Chick-fil-A’s #thelittlethings marketing campaign, which focused on customer service, respect and authenticity.

In 2022, Sanderson Farms remained steadfast in its pursuit to deliver Good, Honest Chicken to consumers across the country. Marketing goals for the company were met, even while completing a complex $4 billion merger with Wayne Farms.

The company’s Sanderson Farms chicken brand launched a Search By Ingredient campaign to aid consumers struggling with high grocery prices. The Search By Ingredient campaign allowed consumers to find recipes and be creative using the ingredients they already had in their pantry thus extending their budgets and ensuring no food goes to waste.

As an added benefit, this campaign helped the Sanderson Farms brand foster a deeper connection with consumers, prioritize community engagement and develop more personal relationships with consumers. The campaign quickly resulted in 250+ user generated recipes, converting followers into fans.