Poultry producer Pilgrim's Pride Corporation has received an innovation award from fastfood company Wendy's International.

"We are honoured to receive Wendy's 2005 Innovation Award, and we are proud to have earned one of Wendy's highest honours for the second time in a row," said O B Goolsby, president and CEO of Pilgrim's Pride.

Wendy's, one of the world's largest restaurant operating and franchising companies, presented the Innovation Award to Pilgrim's Pride in recognition of its longstanding customer support, introduction of innovative new products, and partnership in reducing cost, Pilgrim's Pride said.

Pilgrim's Pride received earned Wendy's Quality Supplier of the Year Award in 2003, the year the awards program first began. Wendy's presents its Quality Supplier of the Year Award and Innovation Award every two years to only two of its outstanding business partners.