PCI to build new meat processing facility

Published 10:42 am Thursday, January 20, 2022

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians announced today plans to build a new meat processing facility.

The state-of-the-art USDA inspected facility will have the capacity to process up to 125 cattle per week, according to a release.

The Tribe has owned and operated Perdido River Farms (PRF) since 1992. PRF is one of the largest cattle farms in Alabama and has plans to expand their production. The Poarch Creek Indians will be able to harvest and process cattle and hogs for both livestock-producing customers and a retail and wholesale business.

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“I am excited about the opportunities this project creates for our region’s farmers and the agriculture industry,” PCI Chairwoman and CEO Stephanie Bryan said in a release. “Like so many other local meat producers, we have had no other option other than to send the cattle we raised right here at Perdido River Farms out of state for processing. This new facility will provide us and other farmers the opportunity to process locally- raised beef and pork right here in Atmore. Not only will that make bringing a wonderful product to market easier and more cost-effective, it will also give Alabama producers an opportunity to be part of the “farm to table” movement that is so important to both consumers and local agriculture.” 

Current processing facilities across the Southeast have limited capacity for new business. The Poarch Creek Indians new facility will help meet that demand and create a larger capacity for meat processing in the future. The Tribe plans to complete the project by the end of 2023.