Sanderson Farms, Inc. is a poultry processing company, which engages in the production, processing, marketing, and distribution of fresh, frozen, further processed, and partially cooked chicken products. It operates through the following divisions: Production, Processing, and Foods. The Production division refers to the production of chickens to the broiler stage. The Processing division involves the processing, sale, and distribution of chickens. The Foods division comprises the processing, marketing, and distribution of prepared chicken items sold nationally and regionally. The firm offers its products under the brand Sanderson Farms. The company was founded by Dewey R. Sanderson, Dewey R. Sanderson, Jr. and Joe Frank Sanderson in 1947 and is headquartered in Laurel, MS.