FAQFrequently Asked Questions

Corporate FAQs:

Where is your corporate headquarters?

Koch Foods is headquartered in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Where are your locations?

Koch Foods is a leading poultry processor in the United States with locations across Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee.

How many employees does Koch Foods have?

We are proud to have over 13,000 employees across our corporate office, processing locations and distribution centers. In addition, all of our birds are raised with independent growers, making Koch Foods a strong supporter of small, family farms.

How is Koch Foods structured?

Koch Foods is a vertically integrated poultry processing company.

Where can I find Koch Foods' latest media or news releases?

You can find media information and press releases here.

Is Koch Foods a publicly traded company?

No, we are a privately held company, and we are not traded on any stock exchange.

Are you related to other companies with the Koch name?

Koch Foods is an independent, privately held company that specializes in the processing of poultry. We are in no way affiliated with the Koch brothers, Koch Industries, Koch Companies or any other organization that uses the Koch name.

What sales channels do you service?

Koch Foods is a multichannel provider supplying chicken to the foodservice, consumer products and export channels. You will find Koch Foods poultry in national restaurant chains, c-stores, schools, hospitals and grocery stores, to name a few. You can learn more about our breadth of distribution in our Sales Channels section.

Can I apply for jobs on your website?

Yes, you can! To get started, visit our Careers section to see if there are any job openings in which you might be interested.

Sales Channels FAQs:

I currently buy Koch Foods foodservice products through a distributor, but it doesn't carry all of your products. Where can I get them?

Please contact us, and we can work together to find a solution.

I am a foodservice operator and would like to do business with Koch Foods. What is the process?

We’ll get you in touch with the right people here at Koch Foods. Please contact us to let us know how we can help, and we’ll get the process started.

I love your products! Are they available in my grocery store?

You can find Koch Foods chicken under the Cravers Chicken® brand name. We’ll get our store locator up soon, but in the meantime, please feel free to contact us.

How do I obtain the ingredients and nutritionals for a specific product?

You can find our product specifications here.

Do you have any products that are Halal Certified?

Yes! Koch Foods has Halal certified products. You can find all of our products and their specifications, which includes Halal certification, here. For additional information about Halal certification, click here to be taken to the U.S. Halal certification website.

Are there any Kosher Koch Foods products?

At this time, Koch Foods does not sell Kosher products.

Is my Koch Foods foodservice product gluten free?

You can find our products and their specifications, which include gluten free, here.

Do you have an export sales team?

We sell chicken parts, packed in 10kg and 15kg boxes, available fresh or frozen, FOB for any trade area location that is open to the United States (U.S.). If you would like to discuss an opportunity with us, please contact us. For additional information on current U.S. export rules and regulations, here is a link to the USDA.

Koch Foods Poultry FAQs:

Where are Koch Foods' chickens raised and processed?

All poultry from Koch Foods is hatched, raised and harvested in the United States. All live operations, which include feedmills, hatcheries, breeders and broilers, are based in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. We have additional processing and distribution facilities in Illinois, Ohio and Tennessee.

Are any of your products processed outside of the United States?

No, Koch Foods is a leading poultry processor in the United States with locations across Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee.

Are your birds cage free?

We are cage free in all of our live bird operations. The only time birds are in cages is during transport from one facility to another, which is a measure we take to ensure the safety of our birds.

Do you give your chickens hormones?

Koch Foods does not administer hormones to our chickens. Hormones and steroids have been prohibited under U.S. federal law for use in raising chickens for more than 50 years.

What do you feed your chickens?

We manufacture our own feed, predominately made from high quality corn and soybean meal, in FDA-inspected facilities. The feed is carefully formulated by Koch Foods’ nutritionist to provide the poultry with all the required nutrients to ensure the birds are healthy and stress free. No steroids or hormones are ever used in the production of Koch Foods’ poultry feed. Only carefully screened quality ingredients from select vendors are used in the production of our poultry feed.

Are Koch Foods' chickens raised using antibiotics?

Koch Foods utilizes antibiotics at levels for therapeutic use to treat or prevent illness and disease. In the event a poultry flock must be treated, Koch Foods follows all FDA regulations regarding the use of antibiotics. The antibiotics utilized are not common to critically important compounds used in human medicine. Strict quality control, including Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP), is strictly utilized in the manufacture of our feed for poultry including testing of the feed for proper level and type of antibiotic added. Koch Foods adheres to all FDA regulated withdrawal periods, and as a result, our poultry meat has never tested positive for antibiotic residuals.

How should I cook or handle my chicken?

Please check our Safe Handling section for information on how to safely cook and handle chicken.

Do you feed genetically modified corn to your chickens?

Koch Foods purchases feed ingredients from commercial suppliers. We cannot guarantee that no genetically modified varieties of corn or soybeans are included in the purchased commodities. Any genetically modified grain that may be included in the feed stocks would only be from varieties approved by federal agencies for use in animal feed.

How are you managing with Avian Influenza (AI)?

As a participant of the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP), all birds are tested for AI before being processed. Birds are inspected both pre- and post-processing by Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) employees, following all regulations for the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA).

  • About Us

    In the last 30 years, we’ve grown from a one-room operation to one of the largest vertically integrated poultry processors in the country. Our capabilities and state-of-the-art facilities are matched only by our commitment to quality and service.

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    From the ethical treatment of our animals to the conscientious use of resources, we take our responsibilities as one of the nation’s largest poultry processors very seriously.

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    Whether you’re looking for more information about Koch Foods, our business capabilities or specific details about our products, you’ll find answers to many commonly asked questions here

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