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Tyson grows KY operations to meet consumer demand

Dive Brief:

  • Tyson Foods Inc. is undergoing a $13.5 million expansion at its Robards, KY-based poultry plant, which is designed to upgrade the company’s product mix to better meet consumer demand, according to Food Business News
  • Among the improvements expected in the next month are upgraded freezer equipment, the addition of two new production lines, plus innovative processes and technology designed to help with food safety, quality and workplace safety. 
  • The expansion will add 66 new jobs. The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority is providing tax incentives and the state will also help with new and existing employee training programs through the Kentucky Skills Network program.

Dive Insight:

Tyson's latest investor report showed its commitment to accelerate growth of domestic value-added chicken sales, and talked about company innovation and cultivating the development of team members to support future growth.

Earlier this month, Tom Hayes, Tyson’s president and incoming chief executive officer, told investors at the Bernstein Consumer Summit that the company sees more growth in its retail and foodservice businesses.

“We continue to see success in leveraging consumer insights in our prepared foods’ business, and the most recent data indicate that our Core 9 categories and foodservice top tier offerings continue to outperform the industry,” Hayes said at the time. “This growth, coupled with beef and pork segments performing well in excess of their normalized ranges, has us poised to achieve our best quarter in history.”

Meat and poultry sales have both been strong in 2016 with analysts predicting continued increases for next year, so other meat and poultry companies could follow Tyson's lead and expand further as well.

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