Rockford, IL USA – April 10, 2018 – The February issue of Egg Industry magazine, March issue of WATT PoultryUSA and April issue of Industria Avícola magazines featured updated rankings for the top egg, broiler and turkey producers in the U.S. and Latin America.
The Top U.S. Poultry Companies Survey highlights the top 32 broiler companies and 22 turkey companies for 2018. Broiler companies are ranked by ready-to-cook (RTC) volume and turkey companies are ranked in slaughter volume. Driven by favorable market conditions, 28 of the 32 broiler companies included in the survey have either increased or maintained production levels over the previous year.
“Powered by strong performance, the top integrated poultry companies in the U.S. are making investments in new or upgraded facilities,” says Austin Alonzo, editor of WATT PoultryUSA magazine. According to survey responses and research, 14 of the 32 broiler companies made a significant investment in 2017, or announced plans for new investments in 2018 or later.
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 314.6 million hens as of December 31, 2017, up from 313.2 million in 2016.
“The level of concentration of the U.S. egg industry hasn’t changed much in the past four years,” says Terrence O’Keefe, editor of Egg Industry magazine. In the 2015 survey, the top five egg producers controlled the output of 34 percent of the hens reported. In this year’s survey, the top five egg producers controlled the output of 36 percent of the survey’s hens.
Between 2016 and 2017, Latin American poultry production grew at a rate of four percent in broilers and 5.9 percent in the layer population. All top 5 producing countries registered significant increases: Colombia at 8.8 percent, Brazil at 5.1 percent, Mexico at 3.6 percent, Argentina at 2.4 percent and Peru at 1.9 percent.
“2017 was a year of rich growth for the Latin American poultry industry,” says Benjamín Ruiz, editor of Industria Avícola magazine. “When comparing the total number of chickens produced in 2016 versus 2017, our numbers indicate there was an overall increase of 5.35 percent, which represents 605.7 million more broilers produced in the region.”
The exclusive lists of top egg, broiler and turkey producers can also 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.
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