Our History

History

1935

Founded

Butts Foods, Inc was founded as a live chicken distributor by Ray Butts Sr. During the 60's, the company expanded isn processed broiler and hen distribution for retail markets.

60's - 70's

Distribution Expands

Throughout the 60's and 70's , R.E. Butts Jr. expanded the distribution business and opened a hen processing plant in Jackson, TN.

1978

Focus & Construction

In 1978, the company moved away from all live poultry distribution and processing and concentrated on the distribution of fresh processed poultry and other proteins to retailers and restaurants in the Southeast.

2004

Family Business

Butts Foods, Inc. is still 100% family owned after 80 years of serving the Southeast. The third and fourth generations of Butts family ownership, Ray Butts III and R.E. Butts IV continue to grow the business into new markets and services, including consulting and supply chain management for a wide range of clients.

2016

New Building

2016 brought on a newly renovated office building, creating an innovative workplace designed for future generations.

2017

Great Progress

Butts Foods, Inc. delivered over 60 million pounds of protein to restaurants and food retailers throughout the Southeast and Midwest.

2018

Further Expansion

Butts Foods, Inc. acquired Nashville Wholesale Meats and the Tarrant Distribution Center from Mar-Jac Poultry, strengthening our presence in the Nashville and Birmingham areas.

Why Butts Foods, Inc.

Key Employees of the Past

  • Ray Butts Sr. - Deceased 1959

  • R.E. Butts Jr. - Deceased 1978

  • Margaret Hays Butts - Deceased 1992

  • Luellen Hills Butts - Deceased 1997

  • Alice Butts Bryson - Retired 2009

  • Stanford Pittman - Deceased 1989

  • G.W. Hailey - Deceased 1995

  • Florence Bledsoe - Deceased 2008, over 60 years with the company

  • Eddie Osbourne - retired 2016

Long Time Current Employees (25+ years)

  • Ray Butts - since 1971

  • Elroy Miller - since 1978

  • Ed Hare - since 1979

  • Mike Pack - since 1984

  • Joe Woods - since 1987

  • Dennis Hucheson - since 1989

  • Donald Pugh - since 1990