Foster Farms values chicken wings
Foster Farms' cooked chicken plant in Porterville, California, USA, expanded
wing-processing capacity in hopes of capturing key foodservice
Foster Farms' produces some 14 million kg of chicken wings a year. Although
the plant also produces millions of kg of cooked chicken strips, whole-muscle
products and formed chicken products for retail and foodservice annually, the
most recent expansion was a strategic decision to support Foster Farm's wing
business, explains Paul Bravinder, manager of cooked chicken and a 23-year
industry veteran who joined Foster Farms in 2001.
The plant started off with two processing lines in 1999, but has already
expanded with another two lines since then. â€œWe made a decision as a company to
get serious as far as the wing business is concerned,â€ he says. â€œPrior to last
year, we were producing all of the formed product, as well as the wings, on the
same line. What [the expansion] did is allow us to dedicate this line 100% to
our wing manufacturing, and that allowed us to go after some key wing accounts.â€
The expansion landed the company accounts with key foodservice operators on the
â€œIt's industry-standard equipment, but it's the high-capacity line that we
needed. One of the things that we've been working on is automated delivery of
wings to the line,â€ adds Bravinder.
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