Perdue Harvestland

What is 'Minimally Processed'?

'Minimally Processed' means the ingredient has had no more processing than something that could be made in the household kitchen, stillroom, on a farm, or vineyard. The ingredient requires no more equipment or technology than that which could be employed in those settings.

What are natural ingredients?

Natural ingredients include plant, animal, mineral or microbial ingredients that are present in or produced by nature and processed using minimal physical processing. They’re directly extracted using simple methods, simple chemical reactions or resulting from naturally occurring biological processes. Natural ingredients are grown, harvested, raised and processed in an ecological manner. They’re not produced synthetically, and they’re free of all petrochemicals. Natural ingredients do not contain synthetic ingredients, artificial ingredients including colors or flavoring, or synthetic chemical preservatives.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions about your products?

For more information on PERDUE® HARVESTLAND® products, contact or call 855-673-4300.

Where can I purchase PERDUE® HARVESTLAND® products?

Our Further Processed Chicken, Turkey, Pork and Beef products are available from many national and independent distributors nationwide. Our fresh PERDUE® HARVESTLAND® chicken products are available in the Northeast, Mid Atlantic, Southeast and Midwest.

Does Harvestland also offer organic products in the foodservice channel?

Yes, PERDUE® HARVESTLAND® Organic Frozen Chicken is now available nationwide and PERDUE® HARVESTLAND® Organic Fresh Chicken is now available in limited eastern markets. For more information, please visit our organic page (under products section in navigation).

What type of products are produced under the PERDUE® HARVESTLAND® brand?

We carry fresh, frozen and refrigerated products, including chicken, turkey and select pork and beef. Visit the Products section to learn more about the PERDUE® HARVESTLAND® products available.

Do your products contain allergens?

PERDUE® HARVESTLAND® fresh products do not contain allergens. For those products with additional ingredients, we clearly label any allergens.

What does 'natural' mean?

According to USDA labeling guidelines, 'natural' is a product that contains no artificial ingredient or added color, and is only minimally processed (a process which does not fundamentally alter the raw product). The label must explain the use of the term natural (such as – no added colorings or artificial ingredients; minimally processed).

Do you use GMOs in your feed?

Since more than 90% of the corn and 80% of the soybeans grown in the U.S. are raised from genetically modified seeds, most of the feed for our NO ANTIBIOTICS EVER animals contains biotech grain. Chicken, turkey and pork are not genetically modified.

If your animals receive an all-vegetarian diet, how do you ensure they're getting a proper diet?

Today's poultry and swine are far removed from their wild ancestors, who would forage for just about anything edible. Animal by-products, including blood and feather meal, are often used in animal feeds as a low-cost source of protein. However, soybean meal is also an excellent source of protein for animals, and our nutritionists ensure a proper blend of vitamins, minerals and amino acids to provide a healthy diet for all of our animals.

What are your animals fed?

Many other companies use animal feeds that include animal by-products, including rendered meal from other livestock. All of our feeds are 100% vegetarian, made with grains and no animal by-products.

Do you use gestation crates for your swine?

No. Our sows are raised in group pens, with room to walk about freely. When necessary to protect piglets in their first few days of life, some of our farms will use farrowing pens where the newborn piglets can safely nurse.

Are your animals raised indoors or free-range?

Our NO ANTIBIOTICS EVER chickens and turkeys are raised in temperature-controlled housing with fresh-air ventilation, continuous access to feed and water, room to move about and periods of light and dark. Our NO ANTIBIOTICS EVER hogs are raised in both enclosed houses and open-air structures, depending upon the farm. In both, animals are given room to move about freely and fresh-air ventilation.

What does 'Farm-Raised' mean?

Our commitment to delivering the best, natural chicken, turkey and pork to your family's table is born from the belief that all families deserve to eat well. At Perdue Harvestland, we work with family farmers who raise our chickens, turkeys and hogs to our high standards, so you can feed your family affordable, healthy food raised without antibiotics and on an all-vegetarian diet with no animal by-products in the feed. Our family farmers understand that respect for the animals and land goes hand-in-hand with raising healthy food. Some of our family farmers are seventh-generation farmers.

Where are your animals raised?

All of our animals come from farms on some of the richest agricultural land in America, where the tradition of raising wholesome food runs deep. Our NO ANTIBIOTICS EVER chickens, turkeys and hogs are raised on family farms in Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, Indiana and Iowa. 

If you don't use antibiotics, how do you keep your animals healthy?

By concentrating on providing a clean, healthy, low-stress environment for the animals, we do not need to rely on antibiotics to keep them healthy or to prevent diseases. However, if, in the rare event some of our poultry or swine should become ill, our commitment to animal welfare mandates that we treat sick animals. If antibiotics are prescribed for those animals, they will be treated under the care of a veterinarian, but would be removed from the raised-without-antibiotics program.

How are your animals raised?

Raising animals with NO ANTIBIOTICS EVER goes against the conventional thinking of many food companies who believe you need to continuously use antibiotics to keep animals healthy. That's because when you don't use antibiotics, you have to start with a healthier environment and put more effort into keeping the animals healthy. That includes a clean environment with fresh air and more room to move about with fewer animals in the same space. As an added assurance, our animal welfare programs are audited. This includes the USDA Process Verified Programs for our NO ANTIBIOTICS EVER chicken.

What does 'no antibiotics ever' mean?

We strictly follow USDA's labeling regulations; 'no antibiotics ever' means an animal has NEVER been given any antibiotics during its life cycle. For chickens and turkeys, that includes while they're in the egg.

Does Harvestland ever use antibiotics or added hormones or steroids?

We never have and never will!  Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones or steroids in poultry.


Does Perdue use hormones to grow its chickens and turkeys?

No. In fact, hormones are illegal in growing chickens and/or turkeys.

What does Perdue feed its chickens?

We feed our birds the finest natural grain products, including yellow corn, soybean meal, marigolds, vitamins and mineral supplements. Our company nutritionists develop all of our feed formulations, we have standardized quality control procedures for all of our ingredients and finished feeds, and have full time feed quality control associates in each of our feed mills. Our customers and consumers should have complete confidence in the safety of PERDUE® products that are in stores or homes. Food safety is a top priority of ours, and the standards by which our products are produced actually exceed government standards. 

Where can I find PERDUE®, HARVESTLAND®, CLUX DELUX® and KINGS DELIGHT® Foodservice products?

Our Further Processed Chicken and Turkey products are available from many national and independent distributors nationwide. Our fresh HARVESTLAND® chicken products are available in the Northeast, Mid Atlantic, Southeast and Midwest.

How long has Perdue been processing turkeys?

Since 1984, when the company acquired SHENANDOAH® Products.

How long has Perdue been in the foodservice business?

Actually, Perdue has been delivering its fresh chicken to foodservice distributors since the company started processing chickens in 1968.

Where are Perdue's facilities?

Perdue Foods, headquartered in Salisbury, Maryland, has facilities in California, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.


Does Perdue offer a Fully Cooked Wing that can be prepared in a fryer?

Our entire line up of Fully Cooked Roasted Wings can be prepared in a fryer. The recommended cooking time is 4-6 minutes in a fryer set at 350°F. (Cooking time varies with equipment.) We also offer fully cooked breading wings that are designed to be prepared in a fryer.

Is it possible to bake a RTC Breaded Product?

All of our RTC Breaded Filets and Tenderloin Products can be baked. During production, the breading is blanched or set in hot oil. This process sets the final color of the product as well as allows for oven preparation.

What is the best way to prepare a RTC Marinated Filet?

Our RTC Marinated Filet Products are designed to be cooked frozen. The "Freezer-to-Grill" capability of these items yields a better quality finished product. It also promotes Food Safety with a reduced chance of cross-contamination.

What is a fritter?

A fritter is a breaded product that contains greater than 30% or more breading. We offer Tenderloins and Filets with Fritter Breading Profiles.

What causes breading to fall off in the fryer?

Temperature abuse will cause moisture to accumulate in the breading. When the moisture freezes, it forms ice crystals. These ice crystals expand during cooking and cause the breading to come off the product.

What causes a breaded tender/filet to cook up dark?

Dark breading is most often caused by temperature abuse during transportation or storage. If a breaded product thaws and refreezes, the breading will turn dark


Why does turkey fall apart when I slice it?

If you have cooked the turkey, allow it to rest and cool before slicing. Also, you may be slicing too thin for the type of turkey used.

Why is there so much juice in a bag of turkey?

Purge is the natural juice from the turkey that is retained in the cooking bag. Bags that are swollen and contain excessive purge may indicate the meat has spoiled. Contact your Sales Rep if you have doubts or questions.

Can I freeze turkey products?

For best results, our fully cooked refrigerated turkey breast products should not be frozen; but yes they can be frozen provided it’s frozen before the "Use By Date." After thawing, the product will last 3 to 5 days.

How long is the product safe after opening the package?

Properly refrigerated turkey products are good from 3 to 5 days after opening. Five days of use requires colder temperatures (32-36°F).

What is Pan-Roasted turkey?

We've hand-placed the turkey lobes in a pan and "open" cooked them to resemble that ideal "Thanksgiving turkey" texture. After cooking, they’re browned or smoked before packaging.

What are blood spots?

Blood spots indicate the breast meat was not trimmed perfectly. Blood retained in the muscle during cooking makes the meat dark. Perdue works hard to minimize these spots.

How safe is your product?

Perdue uses antimicrobials (sodium diacetat and potassium lactate) along with Post Package Pasteurization, for Level I Listeria control providing the highest level of food protection.

What is the difference in your turkey's 1*- 5* ratings?

Perdue's star classification system helps you easily distinguish between the different attributes and applications of our turkey products. Number of muscles used: 5* has 2 lobes, 4* has 2-3 lobes, 3* has 4-7 pieces. 2* and 1* have multiple pieces. Marination levels are less on higher star products, yielding a "Thanksgiving turkey" bite. 4* and 5* products are ideal for center-of-plate and can be served hot or cold; 1*, 2* and 3* are best for sandwiches.