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THE ZACKY FARMS STORY

By Lillian Zacky, Director of Consumer Affairs

Company Spokesperson Lillian ZackyAs a working mother, wife and grandmother, I'm so proud of our Company. Family values have been our guiding principles ever since Samuel Zacky began the enterprise of raising and dressing fresh, premium quality poultry in the mid-twenties. Whether you're preparing breakfast, lunch or dinner at home, entertaining friends, or enjoying a meal at a restaurant, you'll find our turkey and deli products of the highest quality, second to none. Over the years, our Company has become a major corporation, but we've never lost sight of our family heritage, and never will.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you with your thoughts, meal planning ideas and recipes. Write to me at lillianzacky@gmail.com.

 

A Look Back at the History of Our Company

How do successful companies get their start? How do they grow and how do they develop leadership in product quality, freshness, brand recognition and preference among millions of consumers in the Western United States?

Sam's Poultry Market
Sam's Poultry Market

The extraordinary success story of Zacky Farms began in Kiev, Russia in 1897 with the birth of Samuel Zacky. His family immigrated to the United States in 1908, eventually settling in Los Angeles. He entered the poultry business in 1928 when he opened Sam's Poultry Market in Los Angeles. Sam bought live chickens from local farms daily, and would sell them to the public in his store. He would also buy turkeys before the Thanksgiving holiday. The customer would go to the market and pick out the turkey they wanted for their dinner. He would process it for them right there and then.

 

 

Sam Zacky
Sam Zacky
Esther Zacky
Esther Zacky

Sam and his wife Esther raised three sons: Harry, Al and Bob. The boys got their first taste of the poultry business by helping out on the Van Nuys ranch. After finishing their schooling, the boys began working in their father's store and eventually joined the family business, which moved from a retail to a wholesale enterprise.

In 1955, Zacky Farms incorporated, signaling the start of its rise to becoming a leader in the California poultry industry. Samuel Zacky remained active in the company until his death in 1964. Following his death, Al and Bob assumed total management of Zacky Farms.

Realizing the need for a steady supply of quality birds for a processing plant which had been established in South El Monte, Zacky Farms began building their own ranches and hatchery in the 1960's.

In 1971, Al and Bob made their boldest move yet, with the purchase of Balfour Guthrie assets in California. Zacky Farms acquired their first feed mill located in downtown Fresno, a hatchery and several ranches. Suitably modified and expanded, the mill provides scores of types of feed to the millions of birds growing on the ranches. Later, a facility was purchased and became our South California Distribution Center in South El Monte, Ca.

In 1984, the company acquired the turkey assets of Swift & Company, including a processing facility, cold storage and packaging building, a hatchery, and ranches also in the Fresno area. Even though Zacky Farms always sold turkeys, this allowed them to enlarge and prosper in that end of the poultry business.

To continue the growth and provide additional marketing opportunities for the growing turkey market, Zacky Farms purchased Poppy Foods Company in 1985 and entered in a much broader way the further processed poultry market. These expansions led to Zacky Farms being a fully integrated turkey and chicken company with breeder ranches, hatcheries, grow out ranches, processing, feed mill, sales and distribution networks.

In late 1994, a new further processing facility was acquired from Safeway in Stockton to replace the Poppy plant in Dinuba. This state of the art facility allowed Zacky Farm to continue its full ability to produce quality cooked and further processed products for an ever growing demand. Added growth to the turkey complex occurred in 1995-1997 with the major renovation of the turkey processing plant and the addition of cooler/freezer space for over fourteen million pounds of product.

In October 2001, a family decision was made to sell the chicken business and focus on growing the turkey business. Introduction of turkey tray pack in 2001 gave Zacky Farms a case-ready brand of distinction in the turkey industry. A complete line of more than 20 varieties of fresh boneless, skinless, bone-in as well as ground turkey products provided convenient repeat-purchase items for consumers. Our franks, deli meat and foodservice lines provided limitless possibilities for snacks, wholesome, gourmet sandwiches and for center-of-the plate applications.

Kerman Turkey Hatchery
Kerman Turkey Hatchery

Zacky Farms currently employs more than 1,500 people in Los Angeles, Fresno, Tulare, Kings & San Joaquin Counties. Zacky Farms' continued capital investment reinforces its commitment to growth and development in its primary production area of Central California.

Kerman Turkey Hatchery
"ZACKY VALLEY"
Home to millions of Zacky Farms' California grown poultry

Zacky Farms has grown from a small, family-run retail business to a completely integrated poultry operation. As grower, processor, distributor and wholesaler, Zacky Farms continues to rank among the largest turkey businesses in the U.S. In addition, Zacky Farms is a top feed and grain manufacturer and merchandiser in Central California's San Joaquin Valley.

Throughout the years, Zacky Farms has been a consistent supplier of quality products and has established consumer awareness that associates the name of Zacky Farms with quality and excellence. Zacky Farms Turkey is as fresh as you can get!

Samuel's Ranch Free-Range Turkey

Samuel Turkey package

As a tribute to our grandfather and founder, we named our premiere free-range feasting bird Samuel's Ranch. Like our Prime Quality birds, this is a completely pure and natural turkey, with no hormones, preservatives or additives, raised in the open air and sunshine, permitted to roam freely, and fed a special diet of #1 corn and other natural grains. So, for the most tender, moist and meaty turkey, roast up a Samuel's Ranch Free-Range Turkey for your family and friends.

Prime Quality Turkey

Turkey platter picture

Customer satisfaction is a result of many complex operations. In a way, we make it look easy. As you shop the fresh meat and deli case of your favorite grocer, you see our gleaming packages of whole body turkeys, bone-in and boneless turkey specialties, and franks and sliced meats. And, you're assured of the freshest, most nutritious and delicious pure and natural products available. But, we never take our extended family... your family... for granted. Our reputation for Prime Quality is achieved through the latest high-technology processing methods, including science, food safety, and sanitation... from hatchery to dressing, and every step in between. All under the watchful eyes of quality assurance specialists.

Earning Your Trust Turkey plate picture

For those of you who are long-time Zacky Farms customers, we are grateful for your patronage. And to our new extended families, a warm welcome. We will never let you down because at our Company, promises made are promises kept. It might sound a bit old-fashioned, but we know your family expects and deserves nothing less.


Foodservice Product Excellence

And to our friends in the foodservice and service deli industries, thank you too for placing your trust in Zacky Farms. Whether you're menuing for fast food, coffee shop, institutional cafeterias, family dining or center-of-the-plate, it is a privilege to be your resource for the highest quality turkey products on the market.

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