The success of Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. starts with its founder, Fred Adams. Fred’s business interest and ingenuity began at the age of 10 when his father gave him two milk cows and a cotton patch. Fred worked the cotton patch and sold the milk from his cows. In 1957 Adams took the first step to starting an enterprise that has become the largest supplier of eggs in the United States. Purchasing a used truck, he delivered feed in rural areas surrounding Mississippi’s capitol city, Jackson. Later that year, Fred started his first chicken farm on leased property and in 1958 began his first commercial layer operation in Mendenhall, Mississippi.
In 1963, the enterprise expanded to build the world’s largest egg farm in Edwards, Mississippi. During a speaking engagement in Mississippi, national radio commentator Paul Harvey toured the Edwards facilities and was so impressed he dedicated one of his programs to the success of Fred Adams. In 1969 Adams Foods, Incorporated merged with Dairy Fresh Products Company of California and Maine Egg Farms of Lewiston, ME creating Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., supplying eggs from California to Maine.
Since becoming a public company in 1996, Cal-Maine has continued to grow through the acquisition of other egg farms across the country and has maintained its position as the largest producer and distributor of fresh shell eggs in the United States. In 2014 the Company achieved a milestone by selling over one billion dozen eggs in one year.
What Makes Our Products Great?
Our Mission is to be the most sustainable producer and reliable supplier of consistent, high quality fresh eggs and egg products in the country, demonstrating a “Culture of Sustainability” in everything we do.
What makes us most proud of producing Genuine MS products?
As the largest producer and marketer of shell eggs in the United States, we at Cal-Maine Foods take
seriously our position in the marketplace and the opportunity we have to advance the sustainability
of shell egg production. Our eggs are an important source of low-cost protein, vitamins and minerals
for millions of families and providing healthy eggs to families in a responsible and sustainable
manner has always been our goal. We have shared our mission to be the most sustainable producer
and reliable supplier of consistent, high-quality fresh shell eggs and egg products in the country and
we are excited to update you on our progress and what that means at Cal-Maine Foods.
We are proud of our efforts and advancements in recent years to reduce the energy and resource
inputs for our egg production and to improve our stewardship of natural resources. We are equally
proud to be good corporate citizens where we operate, helping contribute to healthy, prosperous
communities. We make it a priority to create job opportunities, support volunteer outreach efforts,
donate healthy food, support agricultural education programs and make other positive contributions
to local economies.