Bird-in-Hand Farms


Herman Bloom

Fred Bloom

Ted Bloom

Bird-in-Hand Farms, Inc. was founded by Herman M. Bloom in 1949. In the past 50 years the company has grown from a small poultry processing plant in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania to a multi-office trading complex with locations across the United States.

In its early days, the Bird-in-Hand Poultry Company produced frying chickens under the Bird-in-Hand label for sale in Philadelphia, New England, and the New York area. The company was a pioneer in both brand labeling and tray-packing, developing the tray-pack concept in 1959, several years before it became popular nationally.

The company's initial foray into poultry trading also began in 1949 with an opportunity to trade turkeys. By 1972 the company, now led by Mr. Bloom's son Fred, had decided to focus exclusively on trading. The processing plant was sold and Bird-in-Hand added chickens to its expanding list of traded items. A third generation of Blooms entered the business in 1992 when Ted Bloom joined the company.

Today, Bird-in-Hand Farms operates 12 offices across the country and draws upon the expertise of 20 traders, incorporating a breadth of industry experience. Buying and selling all poultry and selected red meat items from producers and further processors, the company enjoys strong relationships with its suppliers and customers.

Bird-in-Hand associates include Jackie Cates in Nacogdoches, Texas; Alec Herring in Chapin, South Carolina; Randy Witt and Tom Drewianka in Monett, Missouri; David Cole and Donnie Pepper in Jackson, Mississippi; Bill Lewis in Russellville, Arkansas; David Wilson in Southern Pines NC; Selena Jackson and Wayne Reynolds in Topsail Beach, North Carolina; and at company headquarters in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Fred and Ted Bloom, and Bob Willoughby