Founded in 1920, Perdue Farms is one of the nation's leading poultry companies, with processing, further-processing and cooking plants throughout the eastern half of the United States. It is also a leading agricultural products company. Perdue is one of the top-rated brands of fresh chicken in the eastern United States. Ranked in the Top 5 in sales in the poultry industry, Perdue Farms is a leading international food and agriculture business providing products and services to customers in more than 40 countries. The company has been privately owned and family operated for three generations. It employs approximately 19,000 associates and partners with 7,500 independent farms. Perdue Farms maintains its headquarters in Salisbury, Md.