Ranking the meat and poultry industry's top 10 companies

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KANSAS CITY – The meat and poultry industry faced a tough 2012, marked by historic drought conditions, rising feed costs and a national cattle shortage, according to Meat & Poultry magazine, a publication owned and operated by Sosland Publishing, the parent company of Food Business News.

Market challenges led to plant closures for some top processors, including Cargill Meat Solutions, which earlier this year announced plans to cease operations at its Plainview, Texas, beef plant.

Other companies adapted by broadening their product portfolios. For example, Hormel Foods Corp. in January acquired the Skippy Peanut Butter brand from Unilever for $700 million. This past month, Tyson Foods, Inc. acquired the assets of Don Julio Foods, a tortilla and salty snack maker.

Meat & Poultry’s annual Top 100 Ranking of the leading companies reflects the industry’s evolution during challenging times. For the full list of the leading companies in the animal protein segment, go to http://www.nxtbook.com/sosland/mp/2013_03_01/index.php?startid=18.

1 Tyson Foods, Inc.
Annual sales: $33.3 billion
Employees: 115,000
Plants: 84
Headquarters: Springdale, Ark.
Chief officer: Donnie Smith
Species: Beef, chicken, pork
Products: Bacon, battered/breaded products, canned meats, cured/cooked beef, cured/cooked pork, cured/cooked poultry, ham, luncheon meats/loaves, prepared meals, rendering/byproducts, sausage-cooked, skinless/boneless poultry
www.tyson.com

2 JBS USA
Annual sales: $31.3 billion*
Employees: 61,959
Plants: 47
Headquarters: Greeley, Colo.
Chief officer: Andre Nogueira
Species: Beef, chicken, lamb, pork
Products: Bacon, rendering/byproducts
www.jbssa.com

3 Cargill Meat Solutions
Annual sales: $18 billion
Employees: 35,000
Plants: 33
Headquarters: Wichita, Kas.
Chief officer: Jody Horner
Species: Beef, chicken, pork, turkey
Products: Bacon, battered/breaded products, cured/cooked beef, cured/cooked pork, cured/cooked poultry, ham, luncheon meats/loaves, rendering/byproducts, sausage-cooked, sausage-fresh, sausage-traditional, skinless/boneless poultry
www.cargill.com

4 Smithfield Foods, Inc.
Annual sales: $13.09 billion
Employees: 46,050
Plants: 40
Headquarters: Smithfield, Va.
Chief officer: C. Larry Pope
Species: Pork
Products: Bacon, canned meats, cured/cooked pork, ham, luncheon meats/loaves, prepared meals, rendering/byproducts, sausage-cooked, sausage-fresh, sausage-traditional
www.smithfieldfoods.com

5 Sysco Corp.
Annual sales: $11.8 billion*
Employees: Not reported
Plants: Not reported
Headquarters: Houston
Chief officer: Richard J. Schnieders
Species: Beef, chicken, pork, turkey
Products: Battered/breaded products, cured/cooked beef, cured/cooked pork, cured/cooked poultry, ham, luncheon meats/loaves, sausage-cooked, sausage-fresh, sausage-traditional, skinless/boneless poultry
www.sysco.com

6 ConAgra Foods, Inc.
(Consumer Foods Segment)
Annual sales: $8.2 billion*
Employees: Not reported
Plants: Not reported
Headquarters: Omaha
Chief officer: Gary M. Rodkin
Species: Beef, chicken, pork, turkey
Products: Battered/breaded products, cured/cooked beef, cured/cooked pork, cured/cooked poultry, luncheon meats/loaves, prepared meals, sausage-cooked, sausage-fresh, sausage-traditional
www.conagra.com

6 Hormel Foods Corp.
Annual sales: $8.2 billion
Employees: 19,700
Plants: 42
Headquarters: Austin, Minn.
Chief officer: Jeffrey M. Ettinger
Species: Beef, pork, turkey
Products: Bacon, canned meats, cured/cooked beef, cured/cooked pork, cured/cooked poultry, ham, luncheon meats/loaves, prepared meals, rendering/byproducts, sausage-cooked, sausage-fresh, sausage-traditional, skinless/boneless poultry
www.hormelfoods.com

8 National Beef Packing Co., L.L.C.
Annual sales: $6.8 billion
Employees: 9,000
Plants: 6
Headquarters: Kansas City
Chief officer: Tim Klein
Species: Beef
Products: Not reported
www.nationalbeef.com

9 Keystone Foods, L.L.C.
Annual sales: $6.3 billion*
Employees: 7,075
Plants: 13
Headquarters: West Conshohocken, Pa.
Chief officer: Larry McWilliams
Species: Beef, chicken, seafood
Products: Battered/breaded products, cured/cooked poultry, skinless/boneless poultry
www.keystonefoods.com

10 OSI Group, L.L.C.
Annual sales: $5.9 billion
Employees: 19,400
Plants: 46
Headquarters: Aurora, Ill.
Chief officer: Sheldon Lavin
Species: Beef, chicken, pork
Products: Bacon, battered/breaded products, cured/cooked beef, cured/cooked pork, cured/cooked poultry, ham, luncheon meats/loaves, prepared meals, sausage-cooked, sausage-traditional, skinless/boneless poultry
www.osigroup.com

*Indicates that data is estimated based on industry research

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READER COMMENTS (36)

By H C 11/20/2017 6:42:52 AM
please email reply. are any of the top 10 meat and poultry assoc with foreign companies. I understand china is in the mix..?

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Are any of you NOT in the Las Vegas market??

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By Manoj Kumar Pandey 9/12/2016 5:05:47 AM
Dear Sir, I am looking for Head of Marketing person , for India No.1 Company in Broiler Chicken Business. Job Location is Rajasthan(India). Currently working in Suguna Foods Pvt. Ltd. searching job in other companies.

By A.Althaf Ahmed 8/18/2016 5:35:09 AM
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By Colleen 7/7/2016 4:20:46 PM
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By Winnie Okidi 9/27/2015 10:52:30 PM
Just wanted to know how much you charge the Caron of 340g beef. I request you give me the prices of the best five companies and their quotation. Thanks

By tshehlana 9/22/2015 2:12:47 PM
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By Sam Liang 8/9/2015 3:54:54 PM
My, J & L (USA) INTERNATIONAL, INC. is a international corporation. special in food import and export . now we need some beef sale to ASIAN . we are looking forward to any company.

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By Anushka 5/25/2015 10:00:48 PM
Hi, I am looking for Head of Marketing person , for Indias No1. Company in Meat Business. Job Location is Mumbai. Salary is NO BAR FOR RIGHT CANDIDATE.

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By JOhnny Pearson 10/29/2014 12:35:25 PM
we are a recycling company who takes protein/food residual films from food plants. These films have always gone to the landfill. We have 10 plants we take these from now. We are in need of 100s more but have a hard time getting the plants to capture this landfill item. Any ideas?

By Henrietta Brigham 10/21/2014 9:17:20 AM
Work with daycare homes. We are looking for foods that has the child nutrition label(cn),sausages,hot dogs,bolonga,pot pies Which companies carry these labels

By eknath badhe 7/13/2014 9:14:14 PM
Currently working in venkeys india pvt ltd searching job in other companies

By madhusudan maharana 7/11/2014 2:32:38 AM
I am interested to learn about poultry industry.

By Josh 7/10/2014 4:03:02 PM
As an employee of the top poultry processing tool manufacturer, Vac Air, I was sad to see we didn't make your list :)

By Kimo 7/9/2014 8:14:51 AM
You seem to have left out the effects of the locavore movement toward locally sourced meat. Any thoughts on this? Thanks

By Express Green PAK 1/28/2014 12:32:40 PM
Bio-trays will help eradicate Styrofoam landfill cost for cities and communities

By Dr.M. Hemayatul Islam 9/23/2013 7:42:16 PM
Great jobs. But I know the position ob Bangladesh to produce beef in World Rank. If Have any opportunity to work with that company. Thanks

By Renato ibarra 3/22/2013 9:41:55 PM
In what place Would Perdue and pilgrims would be qualified ? Sincerely

By Theopolis "Theo" Waters 3/19/2013 9:03:48 AM
Good information for us livestock types to have! Go Royals!!!