Wilcox Farms Inc. Marks 100 Years
Venerable Northwest brand celebrates success as fourth generation, family-operated business
Wilcox Farms Inc. was started in
Back then, it would have been difficult to imagine that the business and a 240 acre farm would grow to 1,800 acres and become home to over one million Leghorn hens and pullets, a shell egg processing plant, and a liquid egg processing plant. Today, the company operates two egg production facilities – in
Northwest consumers now find Wilcox eggs in some of the area’s — and nation’s — most well-known retailers, including Costco, Wal-Mart, Albertson’s, Haggen/Top Foods, Metropolitan Market, Target, Walgreen, Rite-Aid, Bartells and many more.
Over the years, the company has expanded and evolved to stay competitive, including entering the dairy business in 1961 and opening a milk processing plant in 1973. In 2008, due to increasing operating costs and domination of large businesses in the industry, Wilcox made the difficult decision to cease milk operations. Focusing instead on one of their founding products — eggs — the family decided to put their resources toward expanding their natural, organic and cage-free egg products. This melds with the family-run company’s belief in providing “local food for local people” and its commitment to producing products that come off their own farm.
Today, Wilcox Farms remains family-owned and operated, with Andy,
“Wilcox Farms prides itself on being local and sustainable, as well as having always been a family farm,” says
In the year of Wilcox Farms’ centennial anniversary, the company has also earned an additional distinction. All of its farmland has earned 100 percent organic status, of which the family farm harvests organic hay and other crops.
“We have always been very conscious of the land and our animals, wanting the best care for both,” says
For more information about Wilcox Farms Inc. and to find out about centennial celebration events scheduled throughout the year, visit www.wilcoxfarms.com.
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