In 1955, when Gus Barber opened his meat shop in Portland, Maine, he had one goal - to sell his customers only the best food. As his business grew, he consistently created delicious food that was easy to prepare, and offered a simple way to create a special meal any night of the week.

Gus loved his hometown of Portland, and as his business continued to grow, he adopted sustainability initiatives that would benefit both his successful business and the community. These included not only using healthy, natural products, but recycling, composting and minimizing both the packaging and waste produced. Building smart facilities that optimized cleanliness and safety while minimizing environmental impact was only the start, and these practices are still in place today.

What’s new with Barber Foods? In 2017, our parent company, AdvancePierre Foods was acquired by Tyson Foods! We’re proud to be part of this distinguished company and look forward to a bigger, brighter and even tastier future. With so many varieties including our Original Stuffed Chicken Breast, our Seasoned Stuffed Chicken Breast and now our Fit & Healthy Stuffed Chicken Breast, we have loyal customers who have enjoyed Barber Foods for more than a generation. If you haven’t tried them, we encourage you to enjoy them with your family and friends and make tonight Barber night. We think you’ll agree that they are a delicious choice for an easy, delicious meal any night of the week.

Committed to Our Community

Throughout our history, Barber Foods has supported Portland, Maine and the surrounding area. It’s where our founder, Gus Barber, made the original frozen stuffed chicken breast, and it’s the people of Portland who have embraced Barber Foods since 1955. We’re proud to call Portland home, and proud of the people who come to work at Barber Foods every day. Our commitment to the community is contagious and employee involvement is encouraged – it’s part of Gus Barber’s legacy.

Embracing Diversity

Barber Foods has a distinguished history of embracing diversity in the workplace. A proud son of immigrants, Gus recognized that a diverse workplace was necessary and that “melting pot” mentality was what truly made America a land of opportunity. Today, Barber Foods has employees from over 50 nationalities, and supports every employee’s success regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability. We are steadfast in our commitment to anti-discriminatory practices and foster equal opportunity through the removal of systemic barriers.

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Sustainability Initiatives

Taking care of the environment is part of the culture of Barber Foods, and it has been a fundamental pillar of the business since 1955. To us, sustainability encompasses efforts to protect the environment for both the natural world and people, and preventing unnecessary waste of both natural resources and capital investments. The Barber Foods ‘Green Team’ works in tandem with our associates to reach our goals and maintain our initiatives including:


  • Since 2006 we’ve decreased total energy consumption over 33%
  • In 2010, we generated 11% less solid waste per pound of product than in 2006.
  • We've reduced our water use rate (gallons water per pound of product) 4% from 2008 to 2010.
  • Our Foodservice division packs a majority of products in bulk, not in individually pouched bags, helping to reduce packaging.

Reuse & Recycle

  • Our used fryer oil is converted to biodiesel fuel for vehicles, and a by-product of that process is used to heat one of our warehouses.
  • Most of our cartons are made from recycled materials and are, in turn, recyclable!
  • Organic waste from our production facility is transported to a digester where it is converted to methane gas that's burned to produce electricity.
  • Food waste is transported to a composting facility helping to produce rich, organic soil.
  • All other trash is sent to an incinerator to make electricity. That means none of the waste from our production facility ends up in a landfill!

Health & Wellness

Barber Foods also makes an effort to sustain our associates with initiatives to improve wellness and further education. We support our community by donating to food banks and other charitable organizations and by participating in campaigns like Keep Maine Strong and Portland Buy Local.

Our Promise To You

We make a simple promise to our customers - to always serve the very best. It's the same promise Gus Barber made to his customers back in 1955, and we’re honored to continue that tradition today. If you're ever not completely satisfied, please let us know and we'll make it right.