Arkansas’s agricultural boom has benefited from local, value- added processing companies turning raw ingredients into the products you see on the shelf. Ozark Mountain Poultry is one of those companies, striving to “provide affordable, premium- quality chicken to families.”
Ozark Mountain Poultry’s growth is indicative of the success of Arkansas’s agriculture industry. With sales reaching more than $240 million, the company produces more than
4 million pounds of antibiotic- free poultry products a week. Processing services include front- and back-half deboning, tray pack, portion control and specialty packaging.
These products are served in local and national restaurants or sold in grocery stores under the consumer-based brand, Forester Farmer’s Market.
The Forester Farmer’s Market brand touts “butcher shop-quality chicken” raised with the utmost care and compassion in large, open chicken houses. These houses protect the chickens from predators, insects and rodents, while allowing the birds to roam safely.
The chickens are fed a traditional diet of corn, soybean meal, vegetable oil, minerals and vitamins to ensure they grow healthy and strong. With no added preservatives, Forester Farmer’s Market provides high-quality chicken that’s as good for you as it tastes.
National fast-food chains, such as Chipotle Mexican Grill, have taken note of Ozark Mountain Poultry, featuring its chicken in signature dishes like tacos, burrito bowls and nachos.
In addition to providing quality poultry products, Ozark Mountain Poultry offers employment opportunities to local communities. With the acquisition of Pilgrim’s Pride’s former processing facility in Batesville, Ozark Mountain Poultry was able to preserve 250 jobs that would otherwise have been lost. This investment in expanding the company was also an investment in the community.
Through a commitment to quality and community, Ozark Mountain Poultry has contributed to the success of Arkansas’s agriculture industry.