Approximately 30 federally inspected companies are involved in the business of raising processing and marketing chickens. Approximately 30 federally inspected companies are involved in the business of raising processing and marketing chickens. In 2018, more than 9 billion broiler chickens, weighing 56.8 billion pounds, liveweight, were produced. More than 42.1 billion pounds of chicken product was marketed, measured on a ready-to-cook basis. The United States has the largest broiler chicken industry in the world with about 17 percent of production exported to other countries. The United States is the second leading broiler exporter in the world, behind Brazil. The top 5 export destinations (value) in 2018 were Mexico, Canada, Taiwan, Angola, and Cuba. Americans consume more chicken than anyone else in the world – more than 93.5 pounds per capita in 2018 – the number one protein consumed in the United States. The top 5 broiler producing states are: Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Mississippi.