Chicken (broiler) production is a $50 billion industry, employing 230,000 people. Chicken has become America’s favorite source of protein and is also the most affordable meat-based protein source.
There is approximately 4% food-related waste in the U.S. poultry supply chain, vs. 10-15% in less developed countries. To a great degree, this low figure is due to modern packaging and distribution.
Chicken packaging is highly efficient. A five-pound broiler can be packaged in less than 0.5 oz. of flexible material. Thus, less than 1% of the overall mass is package related, while over 99% is from the product.