NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, US — Perdue AgriBusiness has been named the Port of Virginia’s 2022 Shipper of the Year, which is presented by the port at the Virginia Maritime Association International Trade Symposium and recognizes an exceptional shipper that works with the port to make it better for all users.

The award was presented Sept. 29 to Gary Cordier, senior vice president of Grain and Oilseed for Perdue AgriBusiness, by Thomas D. Capozzi, chief sales and marketing officer for Virginia International Terminals LLC., the port's private operating company. Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin and Virginia Secretary of Transportation W. Sheppard Miller III were present for the presentation of the award as well.

"As a proud employer in the state of Virginia, we are honored to receive this award, which highlights the dedication and expertise of our exceptional associates working in our operations, and strong business partners such as The Virginia Port Authority," Cordier said. "Part of our goal is to bring as many markets to the region’s farmers as possible, and shipping via container is a perfect complement to our legacy business of bulk grain shipment via vessel, which our partnership with The Port of Virginia has helped us expand.

Among the largest grain companies in the US, Perdue AgriBusiness is an independent operating company of Perdue Farms Inc. Perdue is growing its exports through the port and annually moves more than 72 million bushels of soybeans and soymeal in containers through the operation. 

“As we continue to meet the record demand for feed and food goods, our partnership with the Port allows us to move more goods with increased speed and efficiency,” Cordier said. “We look forward to many more years of success and growth at our Virginia operations."