Founded in 1920, Perdue is a food and agricultural company that offers fresh chicken to customers in the eastern United States. It is a privately held, family-owned company that is comprised of more than 20,000 employees. The company distributes food service poultry products and sliced meats throughout the U.S. Perdue serves restaurant chains, the U.S. military, and national and regional distributors. With annual sales of over $4 billion, it is one of the largest poultry companies in the U.S. The company also sells edible oils, lecithin and other ingredients to various food manufacturers. Perdue s wholly owned subsidiary, Heritage Breeders, markets a selection of commercial breeder stock to other poultry companies. It offers uncooked products under the PERFECT PORTIONS, TENDER & TASTY and OVEN READY brands. The company s fully cooked products include turkey meatballs, frozen chicken and sliced lunch meats.