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Tyson Foods, Inc.

Company name: Tyson Foods, Inc.,

Founder: John W. Tyson

Year: 1984

Total Assets: US$ 29.109 billion

Revenue: US$ 40.052 billion

Net Income: S$ 3.027 billion

Country:  USA

Headquarter:  Springdale, Arkansas, U.S.

Industry: Food Processing


Number of employees: 97,000


Tyson Foods, Inc., incorporated on January 31, 1986, is a food organization, which is involved in offering beef and pork, chicken, as well as a variety type of prepared foods. The Company offers foods product under Jimmy Dean, Tyson, Hillshire Farm, Sara Lee, Wright, Ball Park, Aidells and State Fair brands. The Company operates through four segments: Chicken, Pork, beef, and Prepared food. It operates a vertically integrated chicken production process, which consists of reproduction inventory, contract gardeners, feed production, handling, further-processing, promotion and transportation of chicken and relevant allied items, such as animal and canine ingredients. Cobb-Vantress, Inc. (Cobb) – a subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc., and through it the business is involved in supplying chicken reproduction inventory across the world. It produces a range of clean, freezing and under refrigeration food products.

Tyson2The company’s products are promoted and sold to grocery retailers, shopping merchants, various foods suppliers, warehouse club shops, industrial foods handling organizations, military commissaries, chain shops & restaurants or their suppliers, live marketplaces, worldwide trade organizations and household suppliers serving cafes and restaurants, food service functions, such as plant and school cafeterias, shopping stores, hospitals and other vendors. The Company has a presence in North America, Central America, Canada, China, the European Union, Asia, the Middle East, South Korea, and Taiwan. Tyson Foods, Inc., is a renowned company operating and doing business successfully.

It also supplies chicken breeding stock; sells allied items, such as hides and meats; and manufactures and markets frozen and under refrigeration foodstuffs, such as ready-to-eat sandwiches, flame-grilled hamburgers, Philly steaks, pepperoni, bacon, morning meal bread, turkey, lunchmeat, hot dogs, flour and corn tortilla products, appetizers, snacks, prepared foods, cultural foods, side dishes, various foods recipes, breadsticks, and prepared foods.

Company’s Chicken segment contains the organization’s domestic operation relevant to raising and handling live chickens into clean, freezing and chicken items, as well as product sales from allied items. This section also contains strategies operations to shift items through its domestic supply chain and the global functions of its chicken breeding stock subsidiary.

The Beef segment contains the company’s functions relevant to handling live fed cattle and fabricating dressed various foods carcasses into primal and sub-primal meat cuts and case-ready items. This section also contains product sales from allied items, such as hides and variety meats, as well as strategies functions to shift items through the supply chain.

The Pork segment contains the company’s functions relevant to handling live market hogs and fabricating chicken carcasses into primal and sub-primal cuts and case-ready items. This section also contains its live swine group, relevant allied product handling activities and strategies functions to shift items through the supply chain.

The Prepared foods segment contains the company’s functions relevant to manufacturing and promotion of freezing and under refrigeration foodstuffs and strategies functions to shift items through the supply chain. This segment contains manufacturers such as Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Village, Ball Park, Wright, State Fair, Van’s, Sara Lee and Chef Pierre, as well as artisanal brand Aidells, Gallo Salame, and Golden Island. Its items primarily include pepperoni, bread, morning meal bread, turkey, lunchmeat, hot dogs, pizzas crusts and toppings, flour and maize tortilla items, snacks, side dishes, prepared foods, cultural foods, soups, sauces, desserts, various foods recipes, breadsticks, and prepared foods.

The company’s products were marketed and sold to nationwide and local grocery stores, local shopping merchants, various foods suppliers, clubs, and warehouse stores. Institutional customers included military commissaries, industrial foods handling organizations, and national and local chain restaurants. Tyson also distributed via worldwide trade organizations and domestic suppliers. Their leading trade marketplaces included North America, China, Canada, Asia, Mexico, Europe, Puerto Rico, Russia, and South Korea.  Approximately 12% of Tyson’s total product sales were to a single customer, Walmart Stores, Inc.

In August 2001, Tyson acquired IBP, Inc., (renamed Tyson Fresh Meats [TFM]), a major supplier of processed, minimally processed, and processed chicken and various foods items.  The combined company comprised two primary promotion groups: food service and worldwide group and new food and retail store group.  Operations were conducted in five segments: beef, chicken, pork, prepared foods, and other.  Tyson held about 27% of the U.S. beef market, 23% of the chicken market, and 19% of the pork market.  Chicken accounted for 32% of fiscal 2004 revenues and 59% of profit; beef 45% and 14%; processed foods, 11% and 15%; pork, 12%, and 9%; other sources of revenue were nominal.

adfdqewIndustry analysts noted that Tyson had had a difficult year in 2004. It began the year with strong demand and higher prices as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, and other fast food restaurants rushed to promote white meat chicken and lower-fat beef items, in an attempt to take advantage of the growing popularity of the Atkins and Southern Beach diets.  However, the huge demand drove prices to a point at which both customers and food suppliers began to cut back purchases.

Since 2000, Tyson Foods has given more than 78 million pounds of its items to hunger and disaster relief in the United States – altogether enough protein to have served one meal to every American citizen. Tyson has donated millions of dollars in cash to help non-profit organizations across the country. For these efforts, Forbes named Tyson Foods the second most proportionally generous company for its donations in 2007 totaling 1.6 percent ($8 million) of its annual operating income.

Tyson is one of the largest U.S. marketers of value-added chicken, pork and beef to retail store grocers, broad line food service suppliers and nationwide fast foods and full-service restaurant chains. It supplies Yum! Brands chains that use chicken, such as KFC and Taco Bell, as well as McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, IGA, Walmart, Beef O’Brady’s, Kroger, small cafe businesses, and prison.

While the entire market had suffered some bad publicity relating to the unsanitary conditions of  plants, high illness and injury rates for chicken and meatpacking workers, and heavy-handed tactics with gardeners and other suppliers, Tyson had been the subject of more negative news that its competitors, such as wage and hour suits filed by current and former employees; Environmental Protection Agency suits claiming violations of various environmental rules,  such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; a suit claiming violation of securities rules with respect to the IBP acquisition; and various patent infringement actions.  In addition, Tyson had been targeted for investigation of influence peddling and charged with conspiracy to smuggle illegal aliens to work at a handful of the company’s chicken plants.

With 97,000 workers in 27 states; Tyson Foods rated No. 80 in the 2018 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by total income. The Tyson logo, used as a corporate logo from 1978 to 2017. It has been seen with minimal changes since 1972. It remains used as an emblem on Tyson brand products.

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