The Bell & Evans Timeline
Howard H. Bell of Bellmawr, New Jersey, starts a poultry business on his family’s farm.
Bell expands his poultry business by partnering with another local farmer, Carlton Evans, forming “Bell & Evans.”
Bell & Evans opens its first poultry plant in Camden, NJ.
Bell & Evans is officially incorporated.
C.F. Manbeck, Inc./Farmers Pride began private labeling Bell & Evans poultry to Bell & Evans’ stringent specifications.
Clarence Manbeck (right) retired and sold his company to Scott Sechler (left).
Sechler started requiring cement floors and disinfecting and cleaning the chicken houses between each flock.
Sechler (left) purchased the Bell & Evans brand from the Bell family and merged it with Farmers Pride.
Bell & Evans introduced an all natural feed and started raising birds without antibiotics.
Bell & Evans completed its $10 million plant expansion, doubling the size of the facility. This brought its total number of employees to over 700 and total farm families to over 90.
Bell & Evans introduced chicken nuggets.
Bell & Evans Retail Outlet opened for business in Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania.
Bell & Evans opened its $26 million state-of-the-art 100% Air Chilling facility.
Bell & Evans launched gluten free nuggets and gluten free tenders.
Bell & Evans launched its organic line of products.
Bell & Evans introduced innovative freezer-safe recyclable packaging, made with #1 PETE recyclable materials.
Bell & Evans introduced Slow Induction Anesthesia (SIA) and the Bell & Evans Humane Animal Welfare standard, which garnered praise from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Temple Grandin.
Bell & Evans opened a $110 million, 160,000 square-foot Further Processing, Packaging and Par Frying Facility.
Bell & Evans launched a premium line of ready-to-cook, gluten free, organic items.
In July, Bell & Evans opened the world’s first Organic Certified, Animal Welfare-Focused Chicken Hatchery.
In November 2017, we had the first hatch of our New Breed, Das Klassenbester™, higher-welfare chickens.
In December 2021, we opened our brand new Organic-Certified Chicken Harvesting Facility.