Mississippi-based Heartland Catfish Company has been named vendor of the year by US quick-service restaurant Golden Chick.

Heartland Catfish has been a supplier of catfish to the fast food chain for more than a decade.

The company describes itself as the largest single producer of farm-raised catfish in the United States.

Heartland Catfish sells fresh and frozen catfish products to retailers and restaurants around the country, and has received several major bids this year from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for federal food nutrition programs.