Perdue facility opens at Norfolk terminal

Maryland Watch

September 20, 1997

Perdue Farms Inc., the Salisbury-based poultry processor, yesterday received a big boost in its efforts to expand its markets overseas from the state of Virginia.

Perdue officials joined those of the Virginia Port Authority in a dockside ceremony marking the opening of a $7.5 million cold storage plant at the port of Virginia's Norfolk terminal.

The facility was constructed exclusively for Perdue, and will allow the company to freeze up to 210 million pounds of fresh poultry annually.

The frozen poultry will then be shipped to Perdue's international customers, primarily in Eastern Europe and the Far East.

Claudia K. Thayne, a spokeswoman for Perdue, said the freezer is "within a short drive of 80 percent of our processing plants."

James Perdue, chairman and CEO of Perdue Farms, added: "This partnership will enable Perdue to provide better service to our international customers while decreasing our storage and handling rates."

Exports have been the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. poultry industry in recent years, according to the National Broiler Council.

Pub Date: 9/20/97

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