Whole Foods Chicken Supplier Plans To Triple Its Output With Organic Booming
by Megan Durisin, Bloomberg
Posted: 2017-11-29 16:09:49 EST

Americans can’t seem to get enough organic poultry, driving the U.S.’s oldest chicken brand to break ground on a new plant in the Northeast.

Bell & Evans, a supplier to Whole Foods Market Inc., is set to triple its total production by constructing a new Pennsylvania processing facility, with an eye to increasing its organic output along with more flavorful birds. The 560,000-square-foot plant is scheduled to open in early 2020 with capacity to process 2.6 million birds a week, according to a statement Monday.

The organic chicken business has been booming. American farm sales climbed 78 percent last year to $750 million, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. That makes chicken the third-largest organic agricultural commodity, trailing milk and eggs, and several of the largest U.S. poultry companies have launched organic lines.

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