SALISBURY, MD. — Fourth-generation, family owned protein processor Perdue Farms was named one of the most trustworthy companies in America by Newsweek.

Newsweek recognized a total of 700 companies, and Perdue ranked 16th out of 45 food and beverage businesses.

For this second annual report, market research partner Statista collaborated with Newsweek a in review of 3,100 US-based companies with revenue over $500 million.

The rankings are based on trust amongst consumers. A pool of 25,000 Americans was surveyed on the companies’ customer treatment, career growth opportunities and investor interest. 

“At Perdue Farms, our vision is to be the most trusted name in food and agricultural products,” said Randy Day, chief executive officer at Perdue Farms. “It is a key driver of every decision we make as a company.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for our commitment to our associates and customers in Newsweek’s report of the Most Trustworthy Companies in America and take great pride in providing our customers and consumers with premium food and agricultural products. The dedication of our associates and farming partners enables everything we do. Now in our second century of business, we remain committed to these important stakeholders.”

Perdue Farms said its products are antibiotic-free and it never uses drugs for growth promotion in raising poultry and livestock. The company implements animal welfare programs, which it actively works to improve.