Founded more than 80 years ago, OK Foods has evolved from a livestock and poultry feed manufacturer to one of the world’s largest fully-integrated chicken producers. In November 2011, OK Foods was integrated into Industrias Bachoco located in Celaya, Mexico. Today, the OK Foods family includes more than 3,000 team members who are dedicated to producing consistently high-quality chicken products and nourishing people around the world.
Our hatcheries are designed with the chick’s health and well-being in mind. Eggs from our breeding operations are carefully selected and delivered to our hatcheries where they are placed in incubators, keeping them warm and safe until they hatch. Once hatched, they are transported by our careful drivers to the care of a closely supervised, local family farm.
Our chickens are raised on family-run farms with computer-controlled facilities that assure ideal environmental conditions for comfort and health. The chickens are raised in an open-air house and are fed a balanced diet, free from growth hormones and steroids. Our highly-trained farmers and service technicians are committed to raising the highest quality chickens. At OK Foods, we are proud to support local family farms and foster their tradition and spirit throughout our organization.
OK Foods began as a manufacturer of poultry and livestock feed. Today, we formulate and produce our own proprietary feed blends to provide the best nutrition for every stage of our birds’ development. Steroids and growth hormones are NEVER added to our feed and we continually test to ensure we include only the highest quality ingredients for a balanced diet.
Using comprehensive food safety and quality control management processes, our team members process several million pounds of chicken each week. We produce a full line of consistent, high-quality chicken products, and our efficiency and flexibility allow us to meet our customer's product and budget needs. We continually invest in advanced technologies in order to keep our facilities among the most modern in the industry.
Our high quality, great tasting chicken products are closely supervised all the way to your door. Our own fleet of refrigerated trucks and carefully selected outside carriers ensure prompt and safe delivery of our products to customers across the country. We proudly hire only the most safety-conscious and courteous drivers.
Vision: Nourishing the world today, tomorrow, and for generations to come.
Mission: To be a high-performing and successful organization in today’s diverse and evolving marketplace by nourishing our consumers, our employees, our environment, and our shareholders.
Collier Wenderoth, Sr. founds OK Foods as a manufacturer of poultry and livestock feed in the Arkansas-Oklahoma area, employing 12 people.
The feed business expands to encompass sales throughout Louisiana and eastern Texas.
OK Foods begins to place chickens with contract farmers and constructs its first poultry processing plant, called O.K. Processors. The plant processed 12,000 birds per day and employed 80 people.
Collier Wenderoth Jr. becomes president of the company.
Continued success in the poultry processing industry allows OK Foods to open its first hatchery in Fort Smith and build a new feed mill in downtown Fort Smith.
Collier Wenderoth, Jr. is recognized as a pioneer in the development of further processed poultry.
OK Foods becomes a fully-integrated chicken producer by changing its name to O.K. Industries and becoming the parent company of all its wholly-owned subsidiaries. A second hatchery opens in Heavener, Oklahoma.
Randy Goins, son-in-law of Collier Wenderoth Jr., is named President and CEO.
Continued growth leads to the opening of new processing plants in Arkansas and Oklahoma, a new Corporate Office, a new distribution center in Muldrow, a new feed mill in Heavener, a new hatchery in Stigler, and a state-of-the-art research and development center in Fort Smith. The TenderBird® retail brand is also introduced.
OK Foods becomes one of the largest chicken producers in the U.S., serving customers across America and across the world.
OK Foods integrated with Bachoco in November 2011. Bachoco is the leading poultry producer in Mexico.
OK Foods makes its first acquisition as a Bachoco Company by purchasing a hatching egg operation in Hermitage, AR.
OK Foods acquires an additional facility in Baldwin, Georgia to supply broiler hatching eggs to Bachoco.
The Heavener Processing Plant is remodeled to better serve retail and fast-food customers with product shipped fresh daily.
OK Foods completes its third acquisition: a fully-cooked plant in Oklahoma City.
All entities of O.K. Industries consolidate into one new company, presented as OK Foods, Inc.
The Heavener Hatchery expands to accommodate growing customer demand.
Antibiotics, Hormones and Steroids
OK Foods was a pioneer in the poultry industry in developing an animal welfare program that set the standard by which all companies are measured. Our strict animal welfare policy is frequently audited – both internally and externally – to maintain the highest standards. In fact, our internal plant and farm auditors are PAACO-certified (Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization) to ensure the safe, humane handling and treatment of each of our flocks. We understand the importance of ensuring the safe and fair treatment of all chickens for health and development.
Our multi-level bio-security plan surpasses industry standards and encompasses all of our facilities. It includes educational programs for producers and vendors to emphasize practices that help ensure the health of our birds and our industry. Our program is consistently audited.
OK Foods operates all of its facilities with the goal of creating the smallest environmental footprint possible by practicing a corporate sustainability initiative. This includes developing protection plans, documenting compliance, maintaining permits, and reporting and tracking our efficiencies.
OK Foods is fully supportive of our local community and puts great emphasis on community involvement. We believe that by investing in our local community, we are investing in our people. OK Food supports a variety of causes and organizations that are in line with our mission to nourish the world.
Food safety is vital to delivering quality chicken products to our customers around the world. All OK Foods facilities are regularly inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). And, as a full-integrated poultry processor, we have implemented food safety auditing programs across all operations to ensure our products meet and exceed food safety standards.
The safety of our team members is top priority. We are committed to providing all team members a safe working environment, as well as extensive safety training to ensure we understand and can effectively practice safe operating procedures.
We strive to offer team members a healthy, safe, and supportive environment in which to work. We believe in putting our people first, and that everyone should be treated with respect. OK Foods has always been a family company, and will continue to operate as such in the years to come.
OK Foods strives to provide healthy chickens and wholesome processed chicken products across the world. When deemed medically necessary, FDA-approved anti-microbial products are used for the prevention, control, and/or treatment of clinical disease under the direct supervision of OK Foods’ fully-licensed, USDA-accredited company veterinarian. The processed chicken meat is tested to ensure it is free of any residual antimicrobial products, meaning OK Foods chicken is antibiotic-free. No added hormones or steroids are used at any stage of the production process. The use of added hormones and steroids is strictly forbidden by the FDA for all chicken produced in the United States.
OK Foods follows NPIP standards to maintain a clean Avian Influenza status. All of our flocks are tested and declared negative for Avian Influenza before movement off the farm to the processing plants. We are quick to adapt to outbreak changes over time by carefully monitoring and modifying our level of bio-security to match the current state of the disease.