Robert Sparboe hatched the idea for the Sparboe Chick Company in 1954. Since then, we have grown from a day-old chick producer and distributor in central Minnesota to one of the largest egg producing companies in the United States. We have faced challenges, learned lessons and taken advantage of great opportunity in order to provide fresh shell eggs and egg products to our customers across the nation. Feeding families has always been a part of our heritage and will continue to be an important part of what we do each day – caring for our hens and producing safe, wholesome and affordable eggs.

Our interactive timeline highlights important parts of our history, growth, and development:

1954: The Beginning...

Bob Sparboe founded the Sparboe Chick Company and was a baby chick...

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1960: Changes

The Midwest market for day old chicks was vanishing. The company...

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1965: Challenges

Mareks disease became a threat to the industry. The company...

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1970: AGRI-TECH is formed

The 20-week pullet business continued to expand. The activities...

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1973: First Farm

Sparboe Summit Farms, Inc. began construction of Minnesota's...

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1986: Improvements in Egg Grading

Processed egg sales were accelerated with the...

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1988: Aquired Goodell Farm

In 1988, Sparboe acquired a new farm in Goodell, IA. The central...

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1993: Changing for the Customer

Sparboe continued to grow our business with grocery and foodservice customers...

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1996: Sparboe Foods

Sparboe expanded our product offerings to include egg products after we acquired...

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1999: Aquired Hudson Farm

In 1999, Sparboe Farms acquired a new farm in Hudson, Colorado. This...

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2000: New Hampton

Production of liquid product was shifted from Calmar to a newly remodeled...

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2002: Aquired Humboldt Farm

While Sparboe was expanding at farms in Iowa and Colorado in the early 2000s...

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2002: Renovation at Hudson Farm

After acquiring the Hudson, Colorado farm, Sparboe decided to expand...

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2004: Business Hall of Fame

The Chicken or the Egg? Sparboe Companies' founder built a small chicken...

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2006: SQF 2000 Level 3 Certification

Sparboe became the first egg producer to become certified...

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2009: Expansion at Prairie Farm

Sparboe added the newest barn to our first farm. Barn 15 was built...

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2009: Cage free in Colorado

Sparboe Farms converted four barns at our Colorado Farm from conventional...

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2011: Wash Water Treatment Facility

In our effort to be as environmentally responsible as possible, Sparboe...

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2011: Renovation at Goodell Farm

Sparboe renovated our Goodell processing facility, including a new...

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2011: More Expansion in Colorado

Again, due to increased customer demand in the...

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2011: Annual Family Business Awards

Sparboe Farms was recognized as a finalist in Twin Cities...

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2011: SQF 2000 Level 2 Certification

Sparboe Foods became certified under the SQF 2000...

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2012: Changing for the Future

Sparboe began demolition of old barns at our first farm – Prairie. These barns...

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