Introduction to the US Chicken Meat Industry

  • Paul W. Aho


The chicken meat industry in the United States is a recent and phenomenal agricultural success story. Although the industry did not exist at the beginning of the 20th century, by the end of the century it has become an agribusiness giant selling $25 billion worth of product at the wholesale level and generating $40 billion in retail sales. The net income of the industry is approximately a billion dollars per year. Equally impressive is the fact that in the last decade of the century, chicken consumption per capita surpassed that of beef, the former king of meats (Figures 41-1 and 41-2).


Cash Flow Vertical Integration Chicken Meat Live Chicken Breast Meat 
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