Sustainable Poultry

Raising and processing birds responsibly 

Global meat consumption is expected to increase 7 percent by 2023, according to OECD and FAO projections, and more than 70 percent of that growth could come from poultry. Drivers of increasing poultry consumption include population growth, higher incomes, prices relative to other types of meat (poultry are highly efficient at processing feed, making them less expensive to raise) and dietary preferences. Increasingly, consumers desire foods that are produced in a sustainable manner. 

Our commitment

Cargill is committed to sustainable practices across our poultry supply chain. We protect animal welfare, reduce use of growth-promoting antibiotics, reduce environmental impact and increase transparency. We also work to keep people safe, both the workers who handle poultry and the consumers who eat our products.

Our progress

We ensure that the animals under our care are raised in an environment that satisfies their physical, nutritional and health needs, and that they are treated in a manner that minimizes their distress. Consumers increasingly want to know more about how and where their food is produced, and we are helping our customers evaluate and plan for transitions to alternative poultry housing systems. We respect customer and consumer choices and apply our supply chain expertise to meet evolving preferences.

In the U.S., all fresh and frozen turkey products produced under our Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms brands are made from turkeys raised without antibiotics used for growth promotion purposes, meeting the promise we made in early July 2014. These two turkey brands are the first to achieve such status on a large scale in the U.S.

In the U.K., we worked with Oxford University to develop video motion equipment for our poultry business that enables early detection of certain potential health problems in flocks. Keeping animals healthy is the main priority for poultry producers worldwide. Learn about how Cargill’s animal nutrition business combines nutrient analysis and research to produce feed that promotes better health.

Health & Welfare

We work with farmer partners and others to implement best practices that promote animal health and the handling of animals with care and dignity.

Partnership & Collaboration

We collaborate with others across the poultry industry to promote best practices, improve sustainability and advance food safety. 

Our presence

Cargill has poultry operations in Asia, Central America, Europe and North America. In the U.S., our business includes the raising and processing of turkeys as well as the purchase and processing of eggs for our customers. Outside of the U.S., we raise, purchase and process chickens to meet growing global demand. Learn more about our sustainable poultry solutions.

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Poultry nutrition & feed

Learn about how Cargill’s animal nutrition business combines nutrient analysis and research to produce feed that promotes better health.

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