About Butterball

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Submitted by nick.dubois on Fri, 07/20/2018 - 16:52

Butterball, LLC, one of America’s most iconic brands, helps consumers celebrate Thanksgiving, bringing delicious turkeys to tables around the world. We are a vertically integrated company, which simply means we start with our farms and end at our consumers’ table. Located in the thriving Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area, our business model gives us the opportunity to provide a diverse array of career opportunities and paths which include our farms, processing facilities and support offices.

We are the largest producer of turkey products in the U.S., and we make a lot more than Thanksgiving turkeys. Our company’s measurable growth is in no small part due to our team members in North Carolina, Arkansas and Missouri, who each have a seat at the table to contribute to our success.

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Social Responsibility
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Learn more about our four pillars of good corporate citizenship—Plate, Planet, People and Philanthropy.
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Commitment to Animal Care and Well-Being
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We work hard every day to provide the best possible care for our turkeys. Learn more about our commitment.
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Position on Antibiotics
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Regardless of where you stand on antibiotics, we’ve got a product to meet your needs. Learn more about our position on antibiotics
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Our Mission
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Butterball will provide great-tasting foods that inspire joyful experiences, bringing people together. Our commitment to quality and innovation will allow us to deliver superior products and services that generate confidence, pride, and success for our consumers, customers, associates, business partners, and stakeholders.
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To be the food brand of choice, loved and trusted by all who rely on us, to provide reasons to celebrate every day.
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Products
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Iconic Name
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Butterball received its name from the broad breast and plump, round shape of the turkey.
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Animal Care & Well-Being
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We are the first nationally certified American Humane turkey producer.
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We Got Scale
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The largest turkey processing facility in the world is Butterball's 675,000 square foot Mount Olive, NC facility, located 64 miles outside of Raleigh, processing 17 million turkeys each year.
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Since 1981 a team of Butterball turkey experts runs the turkey talk line providing advice to over 100,000 cooks, preparing their Thanksgiving turkey. In 2016, the talk line introduced texting.
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Safety Matters
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Butterball plants are consistently recognized by OSHA for meeting safety standards across North Carolina, Missouri and Arkansas.
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Team Members
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Butterball has over 6,000 team members throughout it's six plant locations and corporate offices.
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Giving Back
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Butterball supports many non-profit organizations including the American Heart Association and donation of product to Feeding America and Operation BBQ Relief.
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Going Global
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Butterball's international distribution includes more than 50 countries.
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Six Plants
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Butterball has six different processing plant locations in North Carolina, Missouri and Arkansas.
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Burger Business
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In 2011, Butterball began producing frozen turkey burgers and is now the #1 selling turkey burger in America.
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Butterball has grown exponentially throughout the last 60 years behind the iconic Butterball brand through innovation and corporate partnership.
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1954
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Butterball turkey is introduced as a new special breed white feather turkey.
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1972
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Butterball introduces patented turkey lifter, a special string cradle that permits easy transfer of turkeys from roasting pan to plate.
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1981
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Butterball launches one of the first branded Deli meats, Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, and introduces the Turkey Talk Line.
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1985
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Carolina Turkeys is established as a joint venture of Maxwell Farms, LLC and Carroll's Food, Inc.
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1986
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Butterball begins selling pre-packaged turkey lunchmeat to meet the growing needs of the consumer market.
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1999
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Smithfield Foods, Inc. acquires Carroll's Foods, Inc.
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2006
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Carolina Turkeys acquires the Butterball division from ConAgra Foods, Inc. and establishes Butterball, LLC.
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2007
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Butterball, LLC begins strategic initiative to enhance retail sales and introduces a new line of value-added consumer turkey products.
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2008
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Improved Butterball Fresh Turkey juiciness; introduced our Foodservice Just Perfect Roast & Serve Turkey Breast.
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2009
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Butterball successfully launches several new products including Deep Fried Fully Cooked Turkey Breast and Ready to Roast Whole Young Turkeys.
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2010
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Seaboard & Goldsboro become 50/50 owners of Butterball.
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2011
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Butterball successfully launches several new products including Fully Cooked Turkey Bacon and Frozen Turkey Burgers.
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2014
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Butterball's 60th Anniversary.
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2015
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Butterball purchases former "House of Raeford" facility.
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2016
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Butterball launches their first "raised with no antibiotics ever" product line, Farm to Family.
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The National Provisioner Plant of the Year (Raeford, N.C. facility).
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National Underwriter’s Magazine Safety Award.
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Our Huntsville facility received the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Star Among Stars Award from OSHA.
Our Mt Olive facility holds numerous North Carolina OSHA Carolina Star designations.
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Joint Poultry Industry Safety’s Award of Distinction, the highest category available, for our Huntsville, AR., Carthage, MO. and Raeford, NC., locations.
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Joint Poultry Industry Safety’s Award of Honor for our Mount Olive, NC., Ozark, AR., Jonesboro, AR. and Goldsboro, NC. locations. This accolade recognizes improved safety performance at the facility level and applauds facilities that achieve high levels of safety as an effort to reduce occupational injuries and illnesses.
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As the most recognized name in turkey, our passion is helping consumers celebrate traditional holidays and every day meal occasions. The brand represents more than 60 years of history, and during that time our mission remains unchanged, to make delicious, nutritious, and affordable food in a responsible way, and it all starts with finding the right talent. Our team members are the heart of our business and their satisfaction, work-life balance and career fulfillment are our top priorities.

One of every three turkeys at Thanksgiving is a Butterball. Beyond the holidays, we offer a wide variety of healthy turkey products including burgers, smoked sausage, bacon, and deli meats for every day meals.

Staying on top of what our consumers want is always a priority. In 2016, we launched one of our biggest innovation projects to date, the Farm to Family brand, bringing no-antibiotics-ever offerings to key retailers across the country, to meet the preferences of our consumers.

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We will continue to be the turkey leader in the U.S. and continue to gain market share around the world. Our iconic brand, for the last 60 years, laid an amazing foundation to prepare our brand, company and talented team members for success. We will continue to innovate and produce new products to exceed the expectations of our customers and consumers, and source top talent to push our business to new heights. In today’s world, we know that innovation, knowledge and perspective are key to success. We will work hard to develop new skills and knowledge to remain a competitive force within the turkey and consumer packaged goods industries.

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Headquartered in Garner, N.C., Butterball is the largest producer of turkey products in the U.S. – producing more than 1 billion pounds of turkey each year. For 60 years, the company has provided foodservice and retail products to customers and consumers around the world. As an industry leader in quality, food safety and animal well-being,
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