Rockford, IL – March 30, 2017 – The February issue of Egg Industry magazine and March issues of WATT PoultryUSA and Industria Avícola magazines highlighted the latest rankings for the top egg, broiler and turkey producers in the U.S. and Latin America.

These exclusive lists can be accessed in WATT Global Media’s expansive Top Poultry Companies online database that houses information on more than 1,000 poultry producers around the world.

The exclusive Top Egg Company survey is conducted annually and the results reported are comprised from a combination of company-submitted information and estimates made based on input from publicly reported information and industry sources. The top 63 U.S. egg companies surveyed had a collective 313.2 million hens as of December 31, 2016, up from 281.8 million in 2015.

“Based on expansion plans announced by egg producers, there is a good chance that there will be too many layers for demand levels well into 2017,” says Terrence O’Keefe, Agribusiness Content Director. “This means the supply of eggs isn’t likely to shrink quickly and puts extra importance on increasing demand.”

The Top U.S. Poultry Companies survey profiles the leading 34 broiler firms and 23 turkey firms. Broiler companies are ranked by ready-to-cook (RTC) volume and turkey companies are ranked in slaughter volume. The issue also includes an interactive map of all broiler and turkey company plant and headquarters locations for the Top Companies profiled.

“2017’s broiler chicken rankings and poultry company profiles show an industry increasingly focused on the socially conscious consumer,” says Gary Thornton, editor of WATT PoultryUSA magazine. “Consumer issues are shaping the U.S. poultry industry’s investments and growth, and conscious consumerism is reflected in the capital investments and acquisitions at the top of the broiler producer rankings.”

Poultry production in Latin America saw a variety of changes in 2016, with an overall decrease of 3.8% in production of broilers. The population of laying hens in the region increased by 4.5%.

“Between 2015 and 2016, poultry production in Latin America was affected by various factors such as economic, political and climatological, among others,” says Benjamín Ruiz, editor of Industria Avícola magazine. “Sometimes the biggest producers can be the most vulnerable, as in the case of Brazil where poultry production decreased by 1.8 percent or 200,000 metric tons.”

In addition, further data on poultry production trends can be found in the Market Data section of Here, online users can download spreadsheets of data with graphs of additional poultry production and consumption statistics. Free website registration is required to view data and download spreadsheets.

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