Shelton's is a family business in the clearest sense. All of the ownership and all of the upper management are made up of one family.
Shelton's Turkey Ranch started in 1924 with one hen and one tom that had been given to Mr. & Mrs. Shelton as a wedding gift. In 1969, the Flanagan family, then Shelton's largest distributor, purchased the ranch and incorporated it into their own family business.
Now the third generation of Flanagans are involved in the little family business. In addition to their own family, they support several other family agricultural businesses. The first criteria for a Shelton product is that it taste good. They won't sell anything that they wouldn't eat themselves.
Shelton's poultry is grown in free range conditions, which is defined by the USDA as ,'having access to the out of doors'. They raise the birds without the use of antibiotics or artificial growth stimulants. If any of the birds become sick, they are treated with a proper antibiotic and marketed under another label.
All of Shelton's value added products are made from their natural poultry as well as the finest natural ingredients available. They use no preservatives, flavor enhancers, modified starches, irradiated spices, animal protein or any artificial ingredients. Their ingredients lists read like home recipes instead of chemistry textbooks.