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Jim Perdue Receives National Protein and Food Distributors Assn. Lifetime Achievement Award

Feb. 2, 2024
The third-generation Perdue is the 33rd recipient of the award; his dad, Frank Perdue, was the first, in 1991.

Jim Perdue, third-generation chairman of Maryland-based Perdue Farms, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Protein and Food Distributors Assn. this week at the annual Protein Convention and Showcase in Atlanta.

Perdue is the 33rd recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, joining his dad, Frank Perdue, who was the first person recognized in 1991.

“My grandfather, Arthur W. Perdue, built our business on quality, integrity and trust, and my father transformed the industry. I’m proud to carry on their legacy into our company’s second century,” said Perdue.

“While the business may have changed over the years, our values continue to guide our decisions today. I’m humbled by this recognition but accept the award on behalf of the thousands of hard-working associates who have made this company what it is today.”

Perdue grew up in the family business and learned early on the importance of customer satisfaction and quality products. After obtaining a master’s degree and a doctorate, Perdue returned to the company in 1983 and worked his way up the ranks. He became CEO and chairman of the board in 1991.

Under his leadership, Perdue Farms expanded its portfolio to include chicken, pork, beef, turkey and lamb, and was the first major poultry company to move all its chickens to no-antibiotics-ever protocols. The company is also a recognized industry leader in animal welfare through its Commitments to Animal Care initiatives.

Perdue Farms was Food Processing’s Processor of the Year in 2020.

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Dave Fusaro has served as editor in chief of Food Processing magazine since 2003. Dave has 30 years experience in food & beverage industry journalism and has won several national ASBPE writing awards for his Food Processing stories. Dave has been interviewed on CNN, quoted in national newspapers and he authored a 200-page market research report on the milk industry. Formerly an award-winning newspaper reporter who specialized in business writing, he holds a BA in journalism from Marquette University. Prior to joining Food Processing, Dave was Editor-In-Chief of Dairy Foods and was Managing Editor of Prepared Foods.

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