Our People and Our Birds
Over the last 30 years, the turkey industry has gone from mainly marketing a single-product consumed at holidays or special occasions, to offering a diverse array of food choices ranging from sausages to burgers, deli meats, and more. Increasingly, consumers are including turkey in their daily diets because of its health benefits, versatility, and great taste.
Today, the turkey industry contributes $26 billion to the U.S. economy annually, and employs between 20,000 and 25,000 people, with tens of thousands more working in related industries such as contract growing, product distribution, equipment manufacturing and a wide variety of other affiliated services. NTF members who comprise the turkey industry include growers, processors, hatchers, breeders, distributors, allied services and state associations.
Turkey companies are vertically integrated, meaning they control or contract for all phases of production and processing—from breeding through delivery to retail. By controlling research, hatching, growing, feeding, processing, packaging, transportation and marketing, the industry can better produce wholesome, safe, high-quality products at the lowest possible cost to the consumer.