Gold Kist has become the supplier for Panda Express's most popular entrée, Orange Chicken. Gold Kist will produce the battered boneless chicken bites for Panda Express. Additionally, the US's largest chicken producer will supply fully cooked Mandarin Chicken and other chicken products in 2007.

"It is part of Gold Kist's strategic plan to develop long-term business partnerships with category leading, growing companies, like Panda Express, that have strong corporate values similar to our own," said John Bekkers, Gold Kist president and CEO. "We are very proud to be a key supplier of Panda Express Orange Chicken, and we are working hard to ensure that the product meets the expectations of Panda Express every day."