Poultry Experts Talk Up The Benefits Of Turkey, Push For Better Marketing

Turkey is often the overlooked protein by consumers perusing their grocery meat case – except, of course, for the Thanksgiving Holidays when the big birds take center stage. But, turkey processing is big business in Arkansas. The Natural State will rank second only to Minnesota in pounds processed annually this year, according to the National Turkey Federation.

Cargill Meat Solutions operates a large processing center in Springdale, employing 1,000 workers and running at full capacity this time of year, according to Mike Martin, corporate spokesman with Cargill.

“The Springdale plant will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015. More than 250 million pounds of turkey products are processed at Cargill’s Springdale plant annually – more than 1 billion 4-ounce servings,” Martin said.

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