Our company has remained family owned and operating since 1920. Two generations currently work in the company and the family is committed to keeping Perdue Farms a family-owned business.
In 1920, Arthur W. Perdue completed his plan for going into business for himself. He gave up a promising career as a railroad agent on the rural Eastern Shore of Maryland to manage his backyard table-egg business.
Mr. Arthur, as everyone called him, was known for his concern for people, his frugality, his love of reading and poetry, and a dedication to his faith and hard work. His values of quality, integrity, trust and teamwork still make an impact on our company today. Mr. Arthur was active in the business up until his death in 1977 at age 91.
Frank Perdue began helping his father as soon as he was big enough to hold a chick in two hands.
In 1939, at the age of 19, Frank Perdue left college to join the family business as its third full-time employee. Frank took over leadership of the business in 1950, nurturing the company through a period of phenomenal growth. He invested in the grain facilities, feed mills, soybean refinery and processing plants that allowed the company to expand into fresh poultry. Through his now-famous advertising campaign, which stressed his stubborn commitment to quality, he made the PERDUE® brand a household name.
Jim Perdue grew up in the family business but didn't decide to make it his career right away. In 1983, he accepted his dad Frank's invitation to return to the family business, joining the company as an entry-level management trainee in quality assurance.
After working many different management jobs in just about every area of the company and earning his master's degree in business administration along the way, Jim became chairman in 1991 and took over as advertising spokesperson in 1995.
Jim is guiding the company toward its second century of ownership by holding fast to the values he inherited from his grandfather and father and responding to consumers and other stakeholders.
As a result, Perdue Farms has become the first major company to move away from all routine antibiotic use, the number one producer of USDA-certified chicken and a leader in improving animal care.
In addition to Chairman Jim Perdue, four members of the next generation of Perdues are currently working in the family.
All in the Family
Being a family owned company has its advantages, which means a lot to family members.
Integrity is a core value of Perdue, guiding every decision that’s made within the company.
Leading The Industry
Perdue is continuously raising the bar in animal care and beyond.
Tough Man, Family Man
Frank Perdue's legacy continues to drive the company.
Building On The Past
Carrying the company's 100 year legacy into the future.
The Man Behind The Chicken
Jim Perdue is much more than the Chairman of the company, both inside and outside of Perdue.
Meeting New Family Needs
How Perdue continues to meet and exceed new expectations as family needs evolve.
Delivering The Best
Quality is a key pillar today, tomorrow and always.
The Centennial is an important milestone today and moving into the next century.
Teamwork is paramount to achieving success with such a complex business.