History

 

Over 100 years of Bell & Evans experience

Discriminating families and chefs on the East Coast began choosing Bell & Evans for poultry products of the very highest quality in the early 1890s. That makes us, we believe, America's oldest branded poultry. The first time you experience The Excellent Chicken, we think you'll agree we've used our time well. 

 

Mid1890's - Howard H. Bell and Carlton Evans started shipping fresh chicken by train to New York City.

1910 - Bell & Evans opens a poultry plant in Bellmawr, NJ.

1958 - Initiation of Federal poultry inspection.  C. F. Manbeck, Inc./Farmers Pride begins private labeling for Bell & Evans to Mr. Bell's and Mr. Evans' stringent specifications.

1984 - Clarence Manbeck retires and sells company to Scott I. Sechler and venture capitalist partner.

 

1986 - Scott Sechler purchases the Bell & Evans brand from the Bell family.

 

1986 - Farmers Pride, Inc., C. F. Manbeck, Inc., and Bell & Evans, Inc. are merged into Farmers Pride, Inc.

 

1988 - Scott Sechler purchases his partner's corporate interest.

 

1999 - Embarked on a $10,000,000 plant expansion project which will double the size of our facility.

2000 - Completes plant expansion; increases capacity bringing our total number of employees to over 700 and over 90 Farm Families.

2001 - Opens our Bell & Evans Retail Outlet to service our employees and make our products available to the surrounding communities.

2002 -  Expands our line of further processed products to include, Chicken Nuggets and Chicken Burgers .

 

2003  - Adds additional further processed products including Chicken Tenders and Coconut Chicken Tenders. Embarks on a $26,000,000 plant expansion that will include state-of-the-art Evisceration, Cut-Up and Air Chill equipment.

 

2005 -  Opened our state-of-the-art Air Chilling facility.  Bell & Evans chickens are considered by experts to be more tender and full of flavor.  In response to our customers with special needs, we launched two new Gluten-Free items,Gluten Free Nuggets and Gluten Free Tenders .

 

2010 - Adds Bell & Evans Organic. Fresh whole birds and cut-up pieces are now available and in revolutionary packaging. The recyclable trays are made from 50% recycled materials and are freezer safe. Air Chilling insures there is no retained water in packaging.

2011 - Bell & Evans introduces Slow Induction Anesthesia (SIA) and the Bell & Evans Humane Animal Welfare Standard.  Garners praise from HSUS, PeTA and Temple Grandin for setting new standard in animal welfare.

   

2012 - Bell & Evans launches new line of prepared Organic products including Chicken Franks and Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, Cut Wings and Drumsticks. 2 lb family packs make it easy to remove just what you need and keep the rest frozen.