All of our Heritage birds are humanely and individually processed by hand. In fact, at our poultry processing plant in North Carolina, almost everything is done by hand using traditional methods. That means:
In 2016, we updated our fabrication floor with the installation of a new scale system, improving the efficiency of our operations while ensuring greater accuracy. We also improved workflow through an additional system of conveyers that move product down the line as it is hand cut. This allows us to maintain our superior hand-cut/hand-trimmed standards while increasing the overall level of productivity. Stuart Joyce, our VP of Operations, led this project.
Our poultry processing plant has consistently earned a 100% score in animal welfare by a third party auditing company. It is clean and sanitary, with excelled quality control led by Quality Assurance Manager Jimmy Mitchell.
The processing plant also operates as our company headquarters. The building includes:
Now, we are in the process of expanding our facility. A 10,400 square foot expansion is scheduled to be completed in January 2017. It will include an additional 10,000 square feet of dry storage space and a new, state-of-the-art 2,000 square foot hatchery, which will greatly improve our capacity to incubate and hatch birds in our Heritage Poultry line.