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Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods is the largest chicken, beef, and pork processor and marketer in the world. As of September 30, 2017 Tyson Foods has ~122,000 employees world wide. Tyson Foods was founded in 1931 by John W. Tyson in Springdale, Arkansas.

Tyson Foods is the largest chicken, beef, and pork processor and marketer in the world. Tyson Foods was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson in Springdale, Arkansas. As of September 30, 2017 Tyson Foods has ~122,000 employees world wide. Approximately ~117,000 in the United States, and ~5000 around the world (primarily in China).

History

Tyson Foods began in 1935 after John W. Tyson moved to Springdale, Arkansas looking for better opportunities. Tyson began raising chickens and selling them to surrounding markets in the Midwest, and the company Tyson Foods is born. Tyson Foods kept growing over the next decade, setting up new poultry businesses in Cincinnati, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; and Cleveland, Ohio. A chick shortage for Tyson Foods lead to the creation of their own hatcheries and chicken feed businesses. 



During World War II the United States put wartime rations on beef and began to subsidize poultry production. These subsidizes were good for Tyson Foods and lead to the company securing its position as a dominant poultry producer and processing company in the United States. They used their profits from this time to invest in vertical integration. These investments lead Tyson Foods to gain control over the majority of their business needs. Everything from feeding their chickens, growing their chicken, and distributing their chickens to the market. 



During the post World War II period the poultry industry was under a lot of pressure from the post-war economy and from a chicken disease out break. Tyson Foods began buying up surrounding poultry producers to mitigate their risk of bankruptcy and from being bought out by larger companies. In 1957, Tyson Foods officially controlled each step of its operations after the completion of its first chicken processing plant in Springdale, Arkansas. 



In April 1963 Tyson Foods went public selling 100,000 shares at 10.50. Shortly after in 1967, the founder of Tyson Foods John W. Tyson and his wife died in a car crash. After the death of John W. Tyson, his son Don Tyson took over the company, and successfully grew the company over the next 30 years to become one of the leading producers of meat in the world. 



1982 was an important year for Tyson Foods. They were put on the Fortune 500 list for the first time and signed major contracts with McDonalds to supply them with chicken nuggets.  The company kept growing, and by 2002 they had become the second largest publicly traded food company in the United States after acquiring several new companies including Holly Farms (1988), Hudson Foods (1997), and Iowa Beef Producers (2002). 



In the fiscal year of 2006, Tyson Foods posted a loss of $196 million. Resulting in John Tyson (the son of Don Tyson) resigning as CEO and being replaced by Richard Bond. 



Tyson Food locations

Tyson Food factories are primarily located in the Midwest and Southern regions of the United states. 

State
Town/city
Type

Alabama

Albertville

Chicken

Alabama

Blountsville

Chicken

Arkansas

Pine Bluff

Chicken

Arkansas

Clarksville

River Valley Animal Foods

Arkansas

Fayetteville

Prepared foods

Arkansas

Grannis

Chicken

Arkansas

Green Forest

Chicken

Arkansas

Hope

Chicken

Arkansas

Nashville

Chicken

Arkansas

North Little Rock

Chicken

Arkansas

Dardanelle

Chicken

Arkansas

Russelville

Chicken

Arkansas

Scranton

River Valley Animal Foods

Arkansas

Springdale

Tyson Foods headquarters; Chicken

Arkansas

Texarkana

Chicken

Arkansas

Van Buren

Chicken

Arkansas

Waldron

Chicken

Arkansas

Berryville

Chicken

Arkansas

Clarksville

Chicken

Georgia

Cumming

Chicken

Georgia

Buena Vista-Dawson-Vienna

Chicken

Illinois

Joslin

Beef

Illinois

Chicago

Prepared foods; Further processed beef

Indiana

Logansport

Pork

Indiana

Portland

Prepared foods

Tyson Food brands

Tyson food has many different brands under its name. Each can be found below: 

  • Tyson
  • Jimmy Dear
  • Hillshire farms
  • Hillshire snacking
  • Ball Park
  • Tyson Tastemakers
  • Aidells
  • Golden Island
  • State Fair
  • Nature Raised Farms
  • Sara Lee
  • Wright Brand
  • Boscos
  • Gallo Salame
  • Bonici
  • The Bruss Company
  • Chairman's Reserve Beef
  • IBP
  • Lady Aster
  • Open Prairie
  • Star Ranch Angus
  • Supreme Tender Pork
  • Wunderbar
  • Advance Pierre Foods
  • Barber Foods
  • Big AZ
  • Fast Fixin
  • Hot'n'Ready
  • Jamwich
  • Landshire
  • Russer
  • Steakeze
  • Original Philly
  • Bryan
  • True Chews
  • Top Chews
  • Nudges
  • River Valley Animal Foods



Tyson Foods, Inc. launched a venture capital fund in the fall of 2016. Tyson Ventures was established with a $150 million commitment from Tyson Foods and a mandate to make minority stake investments in promising entrepreneurial food businesses.



Their strategy is to be at the forefront of the future of food. Tyson Ventures invests in companies with disruptive products, breakthrough technologies, and innovative solutions to sustainably drive operational excellence, with the goal of supplying a growing global population with delicious and nutritious protein.



The team collaborates with leading entrepreneurs whose companies are making meaningful changes and improvements to our food system. Cultivating purposeful relationships with universities, institutions and other strategic partners is also critical to their success.

Timeline

June 2019

Tyson Foods announces its own alternative protein products under the Raised & Rooted® brand, led by Justin Whitmore, executive vice president of alternative proteins and chief sustainability officer for the company. 

January 15, 2019

Tyson Foods Announces Executive Changes Following Keystone Acquisition

As part of the integration of recently acquired Keystone Foods and the company's global growth efforts, Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) today announced changes to the enterprise leadership team that reports directly to President and CEO Noel White, effective January 28, 2019.

January 1, 2002

Tyson Foods acquires Iowa Beef Producers (IBP)

In 2002 Tyson Foods buys IPB and becomes the second largest public American food company. 

September 5, 1997

Tyson Foods announces it buy Hudson Foods for $642.4 million

After Hudson Foods recalled 25 million pounds of hamburgers, Tyson Foods announced they will buy out Hudson Foods for $642.4 million. 

June 24, 1989

Tyson Foods purchases Holly farms for $1.4 billion

Holly Farms is bought buy Tyson Foods for $1.4 billion.

September 1, 1982

Tyson Foods make the Fortune 500 list

Tyson foods was put on the Fortune 500 list for the first time and signed major contracts with McDonalds to supply them with chicken nuggets.

January 1, 1967

Founder of Tyson Foods, John W. Tyson, dies in a car crash

In 1967, John W. Tyson and his wife die in a car crash. 

April 1, 1963

Tyson Foods goes public

In April, 1963 Tyson Foods became a publicly traded company and sold 100,000 shares at $10.50. 

January 1, 1957

Tyson Foods builds first chicken processing plant

In 1957, Tyson Foods officially controlled each step of its operations after the completion of its first chicken processing plant in Springdale, Arkansas. 

September 1, 1939

World War II begins and US government subsidizes poultry production

During World War II the United States put wartime rations on beef and began subsidizing poultry production. This was good news for Tyson Foods and lead the company to securing its position as a dominant poultry producer and processing company in the United States. 

January 1, 1935

Founding of Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson in Springdale, Arkansas.

People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

John W. Tyson

Founder and former CEO



Adam Kiyoshi Cline

Investor



Ajay Vohra

Employee



Akin Akintunde

Employee



Alejandro Roch

Employee



Amanda Long

Employee



Amy Tu

General Counsel



Amy Tu

Executive vice president, general counsel



Amy Zanlungo

Employee



Andie Diep

Employee



Andy Dilatush

Employee



Anna Solemani

Employee



Antonio San Juan

Employee



Arann Barnett

Employee



Ashley Zulpo

Employee



Barbara A. Tyson

Director



Brad Lawless

Employee



Bryan C Fleck

Employee



Candise Rolufs

Employee



Carl Urquizu

Employee



Carlos Alba

Employee



Carlos Arturo Alaniz

Employee



Carmichael Caldwell III

Employee



Catherine Zhou

Employee



Chad Schellhorn

Employee



Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

BUSINESS; Why Is He on Top? He's a Tyson, for One

David Barboza

News article



History of Tyson Foods, Inc. – FundingUniverse

International Directory of Company Histories

Academic article



Lab-Grown Meat Startups Backed by Bill Gates, Tyson Foods Face FDA Oversight

Anna Edney

News article



No exec bonuses: Tyson misses earnings target

Associated Press/NBC news

Press release



The feathered kingdom: Tyson Foods and the transformation of American land, labor, and law, 1930--2005.

Brent E. Riffel

Book



Tyson Foods begins construction of $300m poultry plant

News Desk

News article



Tyson: From Farm to Market- The Remarkable Story of Tyson Foods

Marvin Schwartz

Book



Why Tyson Foods Is Using Blockchain Technology to Track Your Chicken

Brian Sozzi

Web article



Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Tyson Foods - Historical "Founders Room" Museum

July 5, 2013

Tyson Foods CEO: Raising Expectations | Mad Money | CNBC

November 2, 2017

Tyson Foods Is On a Mission

March 6. 2018

What's in a Tyson Fun Nugget? [Extended]

May 3, 2017

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

Beyond Meat







FoodLogiQ







Future Meat Technologies







Memphis Meats







Tovala







News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Tom Polansek
December 16, 2019
U.S.
Tyson Foods Inc received approval from U.S. and Chinese authorities to export American poultry to China from all 36 of its U.S. processing plants and expects to begin taking orders early next year, a chief supply chain officer for the company said.
December 5, 2019
WebWire
In 2015, Tyson Foods pledged $50 million in cash and product donations by 2020 to fight hunger and is proud to announce it has exceeded that goal early by contributing more than $60 million for hunger relief in just four years. The company's contributions consist of hunger relief grants to nonprofit organizations and more than 5 million pounds of protein donated to food banks, community pantries and disaster relief efforts. In honor of achieving and exceeding its 50 in 5 goal, the compan...
November 19, 2019
WebWire
Following the August 9 fire that disrupted operations at its Holcomb, Kansas beef complex, TYSON FRESH MEATS, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), today announced reconstruction of the facility is near completion. Efforts to resume harvest operations will begin the first week of December, with intentions to be fully operational by the first week of January. "We recognize the disruption the fire caused for our suppliers and our customers and are more than please...
Sandra E. Garcia
November 8, 2019
www.nytimes.com
Simmons Prepared Foods recalled the poultry, much of it intended for business customers, after metal was found in the meat.
Jonathan Shieber
October 10, 2019
TechCrunch
Are consumers ready for meat grown in a lab? Companies like Memphis Meats, Aleph Farms, Higher Steaks, Mosa Meat and Meatable are all trying to bring to supermarkets around the world meat made from cultivated animal cells, but the problem has always been the cost. Now, Future Meat Technologies has raised $14 million in new [...]
September 20, 2019
WebWire
Tyson Foods announced a donation of almost 170,000 pounds or nearly 700,000 meals* for Feeding America food banks and their partner agencies throughout Arkansas in honor of Hunger Action Month. The company has donated a total of 3.8 million pounds of product in its home state this year. Food banks across the state will receive the following: , , , , , , • River Valley Regional Food Bank in Fort Smith - 45,156 lbs., , • Northwest Arkansas Food Bank in Bethel Heights - 38,660 lbs., , • Food Bank of No...
September 9, 2019
WebWire
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), through its corporate venture subsidiary, Tyson Ventures, has completed an investment in New Wave Foods®. Based in San Francisco, New Wave Foods is focused on producing plant-based shellfish and plans to have a shrimp alternative ready for food service operators in early 2020. "We're excited about this investment in the fast-growing segment of the plant-based protein market," said Amy Tu, president of Tyson Ventures. "This continues our focus of identifyi...
September 9, 2019
WebWire
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), through its corporate venture subsidiary, Tyson Ventures, has completed an investment in New Wave Foods®. Based in San Francisco, New Wave Foods is focused on producing plant-based shellfish and plans to have a shrimp alternative ready for food service operators in early 2020. "We're excited about this investment in the fast-growing segment of the plant-based protein market," said Amy Tu, president of Tyson Ventures. "This continues our focus of identifyi...
August 16, 2019
WebWire
Tyson Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling 39,078 pounds of Weaver ® Fully Cooked Chicken Breast Patties with Rib Meat. Some consumers reported finding pieces of extraneous material in the product. Even though these reports are limited, out of an abundance of caution, Tyson Foods is recalling the product. Tyson Foods has received no reports of injuries or illnesses associated with the potentially affected product. U.S. Department of Agriculture has classified this as a Class I recall...
August 14, 2019
WebWire
A fire partly destroyed the Tyson Foods beef plant in Holcomb, Kansas on Friday, August 9. The plant will be down indefinitely, however; the company plans to rebuild the plant at the same location. Officials are still assessing the damage, so it's too early to establish a timeline, but work to clear damage has already begun. "This is a difficult time for our team members and their families, and we want to ensure they're taken care of," said Steve Stouffer, group president of Tyson Fresh M...
August 13, 2019
WebWire
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) has named Chief Marketing Officer Noelle O'Mara to lead its growing prepared foods business. O'Mara's new role involves managing all aspects of Tyson Foods' $9 billion prepared foods business, which includes billion-dollar brands Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, and Hillshire Farm®. The job also includes oversight of one-third of Tyson Foods' manufacturing facilities and more than 25,000 team members. O'Mara has more than 17 years of general management experience th...
August 10, 2019
WebWire
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) has created a new, state-of-the-art facility designed to help the company develop more automation and robotics for its food production plants. The Tyson Manufacturing Automation Center (TMAC) officially opened in downtown Springdale today. The center provides space for the development of new manufacturing solutions and collaboration with the company's information technology team and equipment suppliers. It also serves as a location for team member training o...
July 16, 2019
WebWire
As part of Tyson Foods' (NYSE: TSN) commitment to support its plant communities, the company announced today it will fund $1 million in DonorsChoose.org projects for 46 school districts in 37 Tyson communities. The investment will bring much-needed resources to schools in Tyson communities and introduce teachers to a source of potential support for future projects. Between August 1, 2019 and January 29, 2020, Tyson will fully fund projects posted by teachers in qualifying Tyson school dis...
David Yaffe-Bellany
June 25, 2019
www.nytimes.com
Claims of price manipulation have been floating around for years, but a government filing means criminal charges could follow.
June 21, 2019
WebWire
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) continues to meet changing consumer needs and is well-positioned for long-term, sustainable growth, company officials told investors and analysts today during Tyson Foods' Investor Day at the New York Stock Exchange. Chairman John Tyson, President and CEO Noel White and members of the company's senior management team spoke at the event, which showcased the strength of Tyson's diversified portfolio, execution of its long-term growth strategy, efforts to increa...
June 13, 2019
WebWire
As part of efforts to expand its protein offerings, Tyson Foods, Inc. (NSYE: TSN) today introduced the company's first plant-based and blended products, along with its new Raised & Rooted ® brand. The initiative makes Tyson Foods the largest U.S. meat producer to enter the growing alternative protein segment with its own products. The RAISED & ROOTED brand was created to provide great-tasting plant-based and blended foods that are rooted in how people eat today. The initial products...
May 15, 2019
WebWire
Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) released its 2018 sustainability report today, demonstrating progress and increased transparency across key sustainability measures, including farming practices, worker health and safety, hunger relief and more. The company accomplished the following in 2018: , , , , , , • Workplace Safety: More than doubled its 10 percent year-over-year commitment to reduce OSHA recordable workplace injuries and illnesses (a 22 percent decline)., , • Team Member Education: Expanded Upwar...
May 8, 2019
WebWire
Tyson Foods, Inc., has decided to expand a voluntary recall originally issued on March 21, 2019 of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products made at one location between October 1, 2018 and March 8, 2019. In recent days additional consumers reported finding fragments of metal in a small number of products. The company is expanding the recall in the interest of public health even though the vast majority of the products have already been consumed without any reported incidents. "Consume...
CONCEPCIÓN DE LEÓN
March 22, 2019
www.nytimes.com
A spokesman for the company said it would "continue to investigate" what happened.
February 8, 2019
WebWire
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) today announced a definitive agreement to acquire the Thai and European operations of BRF S.A. The $340 million (USD) purchase includes four processing facilities in Thailand, one processing facility in the Netherlands and one processing facility in the United Kingdom. This deal builds on the company's growth strategy to expand offerings of value-added protein in global markets. "As noted when we acquired Keystone Foods on November 30, we believe some of our...
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