Tyson Foods

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

Berryville

Chicken

Arkansas

Clarksville

River Valley Animal Foods

Arkansas

Clarksville

Chicken

Arkansas

Dardanelle

Chicken

Arkansas

Fayetteville

Prepared foods

Arkansas

Grannis

Chicken

Arkansas

Green Forest

Chicken

Arkansas

Hope

Chicken

Arkansas

Nashville

Chicken

Arkansas

North Little Rock

Chicken

Arkansas

Pine Bluff

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

Georgia

Buena Vista-Dawson-Vienna

Chicken

Georgia

Cumming

Chicken

Illinois

Chicago

Prepared foods; Further processed beef

Illinois

Joslin

Beef

Indiana

Corydon

Chicken

Indiana

Logansport

Pork

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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.

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Founder and former CEO

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Investor

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Employee

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Employee

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General Counsel

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Carlos Arturo Alaniz

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Carmichael Caldwell III

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Catherine Zhou

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Chad Schellhorn

Employee

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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
July 10, 2020
WebWire
Tyson Foods announced it is the first company to receive audit certification for all poultry across its supply chain after its FarmCheck ® Animal Welfare Program completed the certification of company-wide poultry audits from the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO). PAACO recently certified FarmCheck ® audits for both breeders and turkeys, bringing the company's total certified poultry audits to three, following broiler chicken certification by PAACO in 2019...
Zaheena Rasheed
June 27, 2020
news.google.com
US VP Mike Pence postpones bus tour in hard-hit state as health authorities report more than 9,500 new COVID-19 cases.
The Associated Press
June 22, 2020
CTVNews
Tyson Foods is looking into reports that China's customs agency has suspended poultry imports from a Tyson facility in the United States after coronavirus cases were confirmed among its employees.
Cade Metz
June 3, 2020
www.nytimes.com
The charges are the first in a Justice Department investigation involving several other major chicken producers.
June 1, 2020
WebWire
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) announced the results of facility-wide testing for COVID-19 at its Sherman, Texas, case-ready beef and pork facility. Of the 1,604 team members who work at the facility and were tested, 326 tested positive. The total comprises 211 individuals who were tested by the Texas Division of Emergency Management with the National Guard onsite May 13 and 14. The additional 115 were tested when seeking care through their own health care providers. Team members who test...
May 14, 2020
WebWire
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) and Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department (ELVPHD) announced the results of facility-wide testing for COVID-19 at Tyson's Madison, Nebraska pork plant, where limited production has resumed following a temporary halt for deep cleaning and sanitization. Of the 1,467 team members and contractors who work at the facility, 212 tested positive. The total comprises 112 people identified through mass testing and 100 individuals identified through local healt...
Tom Levitt
May 13, 2020
the Guardian
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May 12, 2020
WebWire
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) announced that it has completed facility-wide testing for COVID-19 at its Portland, Maine poultry plant, where limited production resumed last week. Of the 403 team members and contractors who work at the facility, 51 tested positive, including 31 individuals who did not show any symptoms and otherwise would not have been identified. Team members who test positive receive paid leave and may return to work only when they have met the criteria established by...
May 7, 2020
WebWire
Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) announced it will resume limited production at its Waterloo, Iowa facility on Thursday, May 7. Team members have been invited to tour the facility Wednesday to view the enhanced safety precautions and protective social distancing measures installed throughout the plant. The reopening of the facility follows a tour of the plant by Black Hawk County health officials, Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart, Black Ha...
Clint Boulton
May 7, 2020
CIO
The nation's top meat processor has turned to machine learning to model the potential spread of coronavirus in its plants and has deployed computer vision to monitor worker health.
April 28, 2020
WebWire
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) provided tours of two production plants in Northwest Arkansas to state and federal health officials to outline the safety measures and social distancing efforts in place at Tyson facilities. Plant managers led extensive tours of the company's Berry Street plant in Springdale, Ark., and Chick-N-Quick plant in Rogers, Ark. Attending the tours were: , , , , , , • Dr. Richard McMullen, state environmental health director and associate director for science, Center...
Will Knight
April 25, 2020
Wired
Social distancing requires rethinking the layout of workplaces. A new breed of robots can help keep factories and warehouses running.
The Associated Press
April 22, 2020
CTVNews
Tyson Foods suspended operations Wednesday at an Iowa plant that is critical to the nation's pork supply but had been devastated by a growing coronavirus outbreak.
April 8, 2020
WebWire
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) issued the following statement from CEO Noel White about the company's efforts to address the COVID-19 situation in the U.S., as well as the impact of the virus on operations: "We're working hard to protect our team members during this ever-changing situation, while also ensuring we continue fulfilling our critical role of helping feed people across the country. We've been taking the temperature of workers at all of our locations before they enter company...
April 3, 2020
WebWire
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) announced it will pay approximately $60 million in "thank you" bonuses to 116,000 frontline workers and Tyson truckers in the U.S. who support the company's operations every day to provide food during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible team members will receive a $500 bonus, payable during the first week of July. The bonuses are in addition to other company-announced efforts to support workers, plant communities and livestock producers during the global pandemic...
Associated Press
March 15, 2020
Boston Herald
Meat companies are making it easier for you to eat your vegetables by blending them into burgers, meatballs and sausages. Applegate is introducing a line of meat-and-veggie burgers and meatballs at grocery stores next month. Tyson Foods is already selling a beef and pea protein patty as well as blended sausages. Perdue Farms has chicken-and-vegetable [...]
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.
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