Proudly Serving the Top Industry Leaders in the U.S.
Aeros is proud to call some of the top industry leaders in the U.S. valued customers. The Aeros team takes great pride in these key partnerships and looks forward to many more years of providing innovative services and solutions to these valued customers. They count on us and our software to run their businesses, which is not a responsibility that we take lightly. Read our customer success story which features our long-time partnership with Cal-Maine Foods.
Featured Customer Success Story
The following customer success story details the partnership formed between Aeros and Cal-Maine Foods in 1977 and how they have spent the past 43 years growing together and remaining on the cutting edge of technology in the egg industry.
Cal-Maine Foods is the largest producer and distributor of shell eggs in the United States. In fiscal 2020, they sold approximately 1,069 million dozen shell eggs representing approximately 19% of domestic shell egg consumption. Their total flock of approximately 40 million layers and 11 million pullets and breeders is the largest in the U.S. Cal-Maine’s mission is to be the most sustainable producer and reliable supplier of consistent, high quality fresh shell eggs and egg products in the country, demonstrating a “Culture of Sustainability” in everything they do, and creating value for our shareholders, customers, team members and communities.
Cal-Maine started its shell egg operations as Adams Egg Farm in 1958. In 1963, the enterprise built the world’s largest egg farm in Edwards, Mississippi. Since that time Cal-Maine has grown to 145 facilities with breeder farms, hatcheries, distribution centers, feed mills, shell egg production, pullet growing, processing, packing and egg products. Cal-Maine employs approximately 3600 people.
Cal-Maine is also a leader in industry consolidation. Since 1989, they have completed 22 acquisitions ranging in size from 160 thousand layers to 7.5 million layers. Although the market is sometimes characterized as consolidated, the shell egg production industry remains highly fragmented. According to Egg Industry magazine in its 2020 survey, 66 producers, owning at least 500 thousand layers, owned approximately 99% of total industry layers. The ten largest producers owned approximately 54% of total industry layers compared to 50% in 2015. Cal-Maine believes industry consolidation will continue and plans to capitalize on opportunities as they arise.
Collecting and managing data is paramount to successful enterprise operations. Keeping that data secure is an ever-evolving process. Cal-Maine uses a plethora of business metrics to check the pulse on all of its operations. Implementing software specifically designed for its business is vital in order for Cal-Maine to fulfill these needs.
Cal-Maine has successfully benefitted from a partnership with Aeros for multiple generations of software functionality over the past 40+ years. Today’s Aeros software environment provides the necessary tools to manage the enterprise from both financial and operations aspects. As Cal-Maine has grown and completed numerous acquisitions over the years, and Aeros has provided an efficient platform to support that kind of integration.
In the 1970s, Cal-Maine developed its own software in-house and was limited by staff and the ability to meet its own needs. Aeros—known at that time as Chilson Management Controls—presented Cal-Maine executives its software tools to better manage the enterprise. Moving from stand-alone environments where each location was a silo to a consolidated ERP system has given Cal-Maine the ability to significantly improve its metrics for managing the enterprise.
Cal-Maine and Aeros are long-time partners with a strong trust relationship. Together they have helped each other become stronger and more efficient in the use and development of the software tools necessary to properly manage the animal protein business.
“Achieving the goal of producing and marketing over one billion dozen eggs a year would not have been possible without the use of Aeros to track and manage Cal-Maine’s progress.” – Bob Gilmore, IT Director with Cal-Maine Foods
“Our partnership with Aeros has proven to be very successful. They go above and beyond to maintain a deep understanding of our business and this has helped us maximize our software investment so that we can operate our business more effectively and efficiently.”