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TAMAQUA , Pa. - Thanks to the country's growing interest in all-natural and organic foods, Koch's Turkey Farm anticipates a record holiday season this year.
"Since we started selling all-natural turkeys 10 years ago, sales have increased considerably," said Duane L. Koch, president of Koch's Turkey Farm. "More and more people recognize the importance of eating right, even during the holiday season."
According to a July 2005 study by the Organic Trade Association, organic poultry sales including turkey are expected to increase annually by 33 percent through 2008. This year alone, Koch's will raise 650,000 all-natural and organic turkeys-- three times as many as last year.
Sold nationally at Whole Foods and other fine natural foods stores, Koch's turkeys grow naturally without the use of hormones, stimulants or antibiotics. Each turkey is fed a special all-natural vegetarian diet and allowed free-range access, weather permitting. All turkeys are raised humanely with Koch's receiving a perfect score on the 2005 Turkey Welfare and Humane Practices independent audit conducted by Steritech, one of the premier providers of food safety and quality assurance services in North America.