After retiring from a 40-year career working in the poultry industry, Davis Lee found an opportunity to start his own company. He had always thought that if he ever owned a company, he would take what he learned from all of his experiences and mentors (good and bad), and create a culture that would be the cornerstone of its success. This culture that puts its people and its customers as the primary focus has remained for twenty years and has allowed him to grow AlaTrade into the company it is today. After buying and operating his first processing plant, Davis built 3 more processing plants from the ground up between the years of 2004 and 2007. Employing nearly 2000 people, these plants are stacked with experience at all levels and with people who work diligently every day to fulfill a mission that hasn’t changed for more than 20 years.
AlaTrade is a company that works within the poultry industry to provide services for its customers that choose to outsource a part of their process. The relationship can be as simple as a fee for service (toll processing), or more complex to include co-packing of products for direct distribution. AlaTrade plants have approvals from many national account foodservice companies to produce products for their restaurants. All plants are BRC certified (quality systems), AMS certified (USDA Grading), and have active USDA Process Verification Programs in place.
We strive to do better today for our customers and our employees than we did yesterday.