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February 21, 2018

Why a “Slow-growth Chicken” Focus Alone is Problematic

In my last blog, I introduced our new, proprietary breed of higher-welfare chickens named Das Klassenbester™. If you haven’t read that post, you may want to start there because this is a continuation of that discussion. We’re really excited about our new, higher-welfare breed. Our Das Klassenbester grows more humanely, meaning its natural genetics (or...

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February 13, 2018

Introducing Das Klassenbester™ Chickens!

We recently shared BIG news with the poultry industry – 100% of our chickens are transitioning to a higher-welfare, slower-growing breed by the end of 2018, which will result in a better quality, more flavorful product! We named our new, proprietary breed “Das Klassenbester” for its European descent and premium, best-in-class genetics. Our first Das...

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January 8, 2018

Bigger Isn’t Always Better

When it comes to wings, the smaller, the better!  Unfortunately, many restaurants want to advertise large or jumbo wings, and people order them thinking they’re getting more bang for their buck and not knowing what a great wing is supposed to taste like. Large wings tend to be rubbery and flavorless – the only flavor...

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November 6, 2017

No Cut Corners – How Even Our Chick Transport Trailers Exceed the Norm!

When it comes to chick transportation, our trailers are the Rolls Royce!  We recently purchased two “HatchTravellers” from HatchTech, the same Dutch company that designed our chick hatchers at our new World’s First Organic Certified Animal Welfare Focused Chicken Hatchery. It only made sense to turn to our innovative friends again for new trailers, especially...

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October 5, 2017

Baby Wipes…Really?

Some commodity chicken producers claim to wipe down their eggs with baby wipes.  We don’t do this at Bell & Evans, and I think this practice raises some questions. Freshly laid eggs have a natural, anti-bacterial coating on them called the bloom that keeps bacteria from entering.  Shells are porous, so when you wash off...

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September 29, 2017

Chlorinated Chicken Concerns – Is Europe Overreacting?

Since Brexit, the U.S. and U.K. have been talking about a trade deal.  One of the biggest disputes is regarding American chicken!  Europe doesn’t want American chicken because of a process called “water chilling” that most U.S. poultry producers use…not Bell & Evans though.  We use 100% air chill to cool our chickens. In chicken...

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September 25, 2017

The Dr. Oz Show

I recently had the pleasure of speaking on The Dr. Oz Show in an episode called “In Defense of American Chicken” which first aired on September 20, 2017.  Bell & Evans was represented alongside two large commodity chicken producers, and together, we answered audience questions as a panel. The point of the episode was to...

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September 5, 2017

It’s Official! We have the World’s First Organic Certified Animal Welfare Focused Chicken Hatchery!

This has been an exciting time for Bell & Evans! On Saturday, August 26, the first chicks began to hatch at our brand new hatchery. Those chicks were delivered to our farms on Monday, August 28, the same day that our  Hatchery received its “organic certification” from Pennsylvania Certified Organic, a nonprofit certification agency accredited by...

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August 18, 2017

Greed Over Good Sense

Greed prevailed. According to an article published today by LancasterOnline, the state approved an air pollution plan for Perdue’s hexane soybean processing plant in Lancaster County. Apparently in Pennsylvania, pollution isn’t an issue. Representatives had a problem with pulling out of the Climate Agreement, yet don’t flinch when approving Perdue’s soybean-processing, air-pollutant-spilling plant in Conoy...

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August 17, 2017

“Special” Isn’t Good Enough for Us

Our take on the August 14, 2017, Bloomberg article “That Chicken From Whole Foods Isn’t So Special Anymore.” We agree that the chicken at the other end of the case shouldn’t be there. At Bell & Evans, we have been perfecting “The Excellent Chicken” for over 100 years. We uphold the highest animal welfare standards...

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