Perdue Farms on Wednesday announced the release of its FY2023 Company Stewardship Report, highlighting the company’s strides in environmental sustainability, animal care, and community impact.

“As we progress in our second century of our company’s history, we continue to face some tough challenges in our industry – from fluctuating grain markets, inflationary costs, and persistent supply chain issues,” Perdue Farms CEO Kevin McAdams said. “We have reinvigorated our commitment to put our people first, be best-in-class suppliers to our customers and consumers, be exceptional stewards of our animals and environment, make products that meet evolving consumer demands, and support our local communities. We are tremendously grateful for our more than 20,000 associates and 9,000 farmer and ranch partners for their continued dedication to helping keep our nation’s families fed, each and every day, with world-class products.”

Among the report’s highlights:

  • Donated nearly $1.7 million through the Franklin and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to support 71 non-profits in addition to volunteering;
  • Donated more than 25 million pounds of protein to local food banks, food pantries, and hunger-relief initiatives to alleviate food insecurity;
  • Achieved an eight percent reduction of solid waste to landfill, exceeding its goal of 90 percent diversion;
  • Perdue AgriBusiness launching collaboration with Bayer to reduce carbon emissions and increase sustainability in the food chain;
  • Researched benefits of on-farm hatching of chicks to improve early broiler chick quality;
  • Launched “pasture choice” research to study what plants will thrive in the pasture and which plants birds prefer;
  • Advanced 10 new animal care initiatives to ensure continuous improvement and compliance to current programs;
  • Launched Iberian Duroc Pork and Grass-Fed Beef programs under the Niman Ranch line;
  • Launched Flavor-Infused Chicken and Chicken Plus Snackers to increase convenience offerings;
  • Earned the distinction of one of America’s Most Trusted Companies by Newsweek.

The full report can be found here.