Tyson Foods opens new US$425m Tennessee poultry complex amid unending price-fixing allegations

US – Tyson Foods, the world’s second-largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork, has officially inaugurated its new poultry complex in Humboldt, Tennessee, following a total investment of US$425 million. Located within the Gibson County Industrial Park , the site consists of a processing plant, feed mill and hatchery, and represents Tyson Foods’ biggest investment in Tennessee. The plant is expected to start production later this month and will produce pre-packaged trays of fresh chicken for retail grocery stores nationwide. According to Tyson Foods, several hundred workers have…

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Kellogg, Tyson make new investments in capacity expansion

BELGIUM – Kellogg, an American multinational food manufacturing company, has announced a €30 million (about US$36 million) investment in its Pringles plant in Mechelen, Belgium, to boost sustainability and throughput. The facility – which is one of two Pringles plants in Europe – ships cans of the brand’s potato chips to more than 40 countries across the continent, North Africa and the Middle East. Kellogg says that the US$36million investment will be used to upgrade production lines with a new fryer to increase throughput. Additionally, the company plans to install…

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Donnie King appointed as Tyson Foods Group Chief Operating Officer

US – American multination meat corporation Tyson Foods has appointed group president of poultry Donnie King to the role of chief operating officer (COO). The appointment comes at a time when the corporation which is the world’s second largest meat company is implementing a number of organisational changes intended to create a more agile business. King took up the position of group president of poultry in September 2020 and will continue to serve in this role, in addition to his COO duties. King first joined Tyson Foods in 1982 where…

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Tyson to buy 49% stake in Malayan Flour Mills Berhad’s poultry business even as Q1 profits plunge

MALAYSIA – American multinational food corporation Tyson Foods has agreed to acquire a 49% stake in the poultry segment of Malaysian food manufacturer, Malayan Flour Mills Berhad (MFM). Tyson Foods, the world’s second largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork currently operates one plant and one innovation centre in Malaysia. The new partnership will see Tyson invest in the company’s vertically integrated poultry business, which includes feed mills, hatcheries, farms and processing facilities, with the aim of increasing supply flexibility for both companies. “Once completed, the poultry deal…

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Tyson Foods invests US$26m in bacon facility expansion even as it settles chicken price-fixing lawsuit

US – American multinational food corporation Tyson Foods has announced that it is investing $26 million to expand production at its Wright Brand bacon facility in Vernon, Texas. The expansion project – which is scheduled for completion by March this year – is expected to create 32 new jobs, bringing the plant’s workforce to more than 800. The Wright Brand has reportedly increased volume by 29% since 2017, surpassing bacon category growth during the same period. With the expansion, Tyson Foods which is the world’s second largest processor and marketer…

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Meat processing giant Tyson Foods partners NW Natural, BioCarbN to convert methane into renewable natural gas

US – Tyson Foods, the world’s second largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork has entered into a partnership with NW Natural and BioCarbN that will see methane from some of its facilities converted into renewable natural gas (RNG). RNG is produced from organic materials like agricultural and forestry by-products, food waste, wastewater, or landfills, and is a unique and valuable form of renewable energy.  It combines similar emission reduction benefits of traditional, intermittent renewables such as wind and solar, with the reliability and seasonal storage capabilities of…

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Tyson Foods to build two new factories in Asia to bolster international production capacity

ASIA – American multinational corporation Tyson Foods has announced plans to build new production facilities in China and Thailand in an effort to boost its international production operations. In the same vein, the American food giant also plans to inject funds into the expansion of its existing factory in the Netherlands. These production expansions will reportedly add 100,000 metric tonnes of fully cooked poultry capacity, enabling the company deliver on its global growth strategy of serving emerging markets and strategic customers. According to Tyson, the new plant in China is…

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Protein-centric brands Tyson Foods partners with Where Food Comes From to increase sustainable food production

USA – Tyson Foods, a processor and marketer of protein-centric brands, has partnered with Where Food Comes From, a provider of certification and verification services to the food industry, in a move to accelerate sustainable food production. The new beef transparency programme aims to verify sustainable beef production practices on more than 5 million acres of cattle grazing land. According to Tyson, it would be the largest known initiative of its kind in the US. “We recognise the importance of sustainable beef production practices that take care of people, the…

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Tyson Foods adds Johanna Söderström to the company’s leadership team

USA – American meat processing giant, Tyson Foods has named the former Dow Chemical Chief Human Resources Officer, Johanna Söderström as the company’s new Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, effective July 6, 2020. Tyson Foods said in a statement while announcing the appointment that Söderström will report to Chief Executive Officer Noel White and will lead all aspects of the company’s global people strategy to enable its overall growth, innovation and transformation agenda. Söderström succeeds Mary Oleksiuk, who is retiring after a 35-year career, and will also…

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Trump signs executive order for meat processing plants to stay open

USA – U.S President Donald Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act compelling meat processing plants in the United States to remain operational amid the Coronavirus pandemic. The move comes at a time when meat processor in the country including Tyson Foods, JBS, Smithfield Foods and Cargill among other meat companies have been shutting down activities due to increased Covid-19 cases linked to maintaining operations at the facilities. Tyson Foods had previously unveiled that it was considering only keeping 20% of its facilities open sending a warning that millions of…

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