US poultry producer Pilgrim's Pride has reported that it received virtually no damage to its company-owned facilities and minimal damage to its contracted growing facilities as Hurricane Rita passed through East Texas, Western Louisiana and Southern Arkansas over the weekend.

Additionally, the number of chickens lost as a result of the storm was insignificant to its operations.

As a result of the power disruption, the company's Lufkin and Nacogdoches (Texas) processing plants have shifted their production to other Pilgrim's Pride facilities temporarily, and are expected to be fully back into operation by Tuesday or Wednesday.

The Port of Houston, which is a major port used by the company, reported receiving no significant damage and is expected to be fully operational by the end of the week, once a sufficient number of people have returned to the evacuated areas. None of the company's products stored in the area is expected to have been affected, including that in the company's Houston distribution centre.