The Feed Blog

Here you can get perspectives on topics impacting our business, our people and our world.

Customer promise
Scott Rouse - Dec 17, 2018

The Customer Promise: Our Secret Sauce

The Tyson Foods Customer Promise is ambitious, for sure. It says that we’ll be there for our customers today—and tomorrow. It says we’ll do it in a way that sets them up for growth and success. It says it’s not “us” and “them” but that we’re in it together. And it says we’ll do it all with a smile and positive intent.

 

Karren Peters dogs
Karren Peters - Dec 14, 2018

Season's Treatings: Show Your Dog Some Holiday Love

The holiday season is here, and for most, that means celebrating with friends and family. For about 105 million Americans, that family includes a faithful, furry friend. And for me, it includes Ella and Theo.

With all the support we receive from our furry family members, it’s only fair give them the recognition they deserve, especially when it comes to stuffing Fido’s stocking for the holidays.

 

Wreaths Across America
Sean Ryan - Dec 10, 2018

Remembering Our Veterans: Wreaths Across America

The cold, crisp air on an early December morning can energize the body and mind. On one particular December day each year, Wreaths Across America will also invigorate the soul.

The annual Wreaths Across America (WAA) event is a coordinated wreath-laying ceremony conducted at most of the 1,400 national cemeteries in all 50 States and abroad.

 

National Day of Understanding
Leslie Drish - Dec 7, 2018

Creating a Culture of Belonging for Day of Understanding

When people ask me what I do for a living, I let them know that I’m a diversity and inclusion practitioner. Most of the time, people don’t have a clue what that means, so when they ask me what my job entails, I tell them I teach people how to be nice.

For Day of Understanding, we're celebrating all of the company initiatives that help demonstrate our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

 

Protein - brisket sandwich
Kathleen Novak - Dec 4, 2018

Protein 101

How much do you  know about protein? 

One of our registered dietitians breaks down the seven letter word that provides 20 essential amino acids, making it one crucial building block of nutrition.

 

Asbill family
Jennifer Asbill - Dec 3, 2018

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Inspiration Turned to Action

From a young age, many girls are pre-programmed with the desire to get married and have children. As we grow into young adulthood, while sometimes that desire changes or moves on, one thing is certain: no mother asks to have a child with a disability.

I was one of those young mothers.

In the summer of 2017, I started the Tyson Foods’ DisAbility and Accessibility Awareness Business Resource Group (BRG), our first BRG dedicated to serving those who have disabilities in the workplace, those who care for children or others with disabilities, and those who desire to work with people with disabilities.

 

Keystone
Stewart F. Glendinning - Nov 30, 2018

Translating Global Business Growth

Growing our business in key markets outside the United States is one of the key elements of our long-term strategy. That’s why I’m excited we’ve completed the acquisition of Keystone Foods, welcoming new talent and capabilities to Tyson Foods. With the addition of Keystone, we’ll grow Tyson Foods’ foodservice business in the U.S., as well as our international footprint with operations in China, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea and Australia.

 

Onika Williams - People@Tyson
Onika Williams - Nov 29, 2018

Pushing Poultry Forward: Collaboration as a Catalyst for Change

Working in poultry, there’s a new learning opportunity every day. What’s the next big thing? How can we stay ahead of shifts in consumer behaviors? How are we ensuring we’re doing right by our team members, our animals, our customers, and our company?

In my role, I’m responsible for developing the growth strategy for the poultry segment. This includes looking at realistic and achievable goals to drive us forward, as well as looking at where we can truly innovate our practices to move into the future.

 

Sustainable ag
Leigh Ann Johnston - Nov 28, 2018

Forecasting Agricultural Sustainability: Takeaways from the Sustainable Agriculture Summit

Forecasting Agricultural Sustainability was this year’s theme at the largest-ever annual Sustainable Agriculture Summit in Denver, Colorado. The summit called on food companies, government and non-government agencies, retailers, farmers and other members of our diverse and dynamic industry to unify and lead to drive large-scale advancements in agricultural sustainability.

 

Lola Bus MTM Austin
Debra Vernon - Nov 27, 2018

Giving Back to the Causes We’re Passionate About

Caring for our team members and our communities is part of who we are. In honor of Giving Tuesday, I wanted to share a few of the ways Tyson Foods and our team members are giving back to the causes we care about.

As the largest food processing company in the U.S., Tyson Foods supports hunger relief in a big way. In 2015, we put a stake in the ground when we pledged $50 million in cash and in-kind donations over a five-year period to fight hunger. That pledge is known as the “50-in-5” commitment.

 

Grocery shelf
Tim Madigan - Nov 26, 2018

An Open Letter to Grocery Retailers: The Online Grocery Shift Can Make or Break Your Business

What if I told you 10 percent of your store shelf space is going away tomorrow? What would you do? What if I added that in three years, another 10 percent of your shelf space will disappear? How would that impact your business?

That is the magnitude of the impact that is expected to be brought about by online grocery.

There is a new set of fundamentals—eFundamentals—that grocery retailers need to master to stay relevant and meet their own performance and growth goals.

 

Cornish hen holiday
Morgan Watchous - Nov 20, 2018

A Little Luxury from a Little Bird This Thanksgiving

If you’re short on guests this Thanksgiving, it doesn’t mean you have to skimp on having the whole bird—Cornish hens are perfect if you’re feeling luxurious and have only a few people to feed.

Serve up a sense of elegance this Thanksgiving with Tyson® Premium Cornish Hens and check out a few of our holiday-inspired recipes.

 

Madison plant - on the line
Steve Stouffer - Nov 19, 2018

The Key to Life in a Small Town: Collaboration and Inclusion

Collaboration and inclusion. They’re important in many aspects of life, and vital if you’re a large employer in a small town.

That’s why we’re pleased and humbled that Tyson Fresh Meats has been recognized in helping two small Nebraska communities successfully manage immigration and demographic change.

 

Aurora feed mill
Nov 19, 2018

The Future Is Bright With Our Solar Powered Feed Mill

We’re taking a significant step toward making our company more sustainable by using renewable energy to make a difference in the way we operate.

Our feed mill in Aurora, Missouri, not only plays an integral role in our poultry production at our Monett, Missouri, complex, but it’s now our first commercial feed mill to use solar energy.

 

Hillshire Snacking team
Frank Chen - Nov 16, 2018

Hillshire Snacking Recognized for Snacking Made Sophisticated

This week, Hillshire Snacking received the honor of being listed as one of Nielsen’s Top 25 Breakthrough Innovations of 2018. After reviewing almost 3,500 consumer products, Nielsen narrowed down the coveted list to the products that are the most distinctive and relevant, and have stood the test of time. The Hillshire Snacking team is honored to be recognized for the growth and innovation we brought to the snack market this year and for developing products that fulfill the new ways people are eating.

 

Food Brands Blog
Nov 15, 2018

Food Trends On The Tip Of The Tongue In 2019

In 2015, avocado toast took menus by storm. In 2016, the rainbow bagel became Instagram famous. In 2017, a Starbucks Frappuccino went unicorn and the world followed suit. And in 2018, the poke bowl went from Hawaiian sleeper hit to the new chopped salad. So…what food trends will be on the tips of our tongues in 2019?

 

Jimmy Dean ornament
Scott Glenn - Nov 12, 2018

‘Tis the Season for Sizzling Sausage Recipes and Gifts!

We are saying thank you to the loyal fans who make Jimmy Dean sausage a part of their holidays.

Introducing the new Jimmy Dean Brand Recipe Gift Exchange – an interactive holiday gift shop featuring several delicious sausage recipes and gifts to make your holidays just a bit brighter.

 

Chaplain Karen
Karen Diefendorf - Nov 9, 2018

Celebrating Our Chaplaincy Program This Veterans Day

Helping others has been a key component of my life since serving in the U.S. Army for 24 years. During eight years of my military career, I worked on developing a chaplain training program, skills that are extremely relevant to what I do at Tyson Foods.

 

Achates Power Truck
Rob Lyall - Nov 8, 2018

Improving Energy Conservation, Environmental Impact with Century-Old Technology

As owners of one of the largest private refrigerated trucking fleets, Tyson Foods and its subsidiaries are exploring ways to reduce carbon emissions and conserve energy by adopting modern versions of century-old technology.
 
In 2019, we plan to pilot two emerging motor technologies as part of ongoing efforts to improve fuel efficiency and reduce maintenance costs, all while improving overall profitability.

 

Thea Ross
Thea Ross - Nov 8, 2018

A Voice at the Table: Driving Change with Technology

I joined Tyson Foods right after graduating college. Since day one at Tyson, I’ve known I had a voice at the table. Our team is leading the charge on Tyson’s digital transformation, and I can say with confidence that every single person is playing a major role.

So what would I tell a recent grad or brimming technologist? Silicon Valley isn’t the only place you can innovate, and it’s certainly not the only place you can make an impact or drive change.

 

Marisol Munoz - Time to Vote
Karen Knutson - Nov 7, 2018

Our Part in Voter Turnout for the Mid-term Election

Tyson Foods was one of about 140 companies that joined the Time to Vote campaign, a nonpartisan effort led by CEOs interested in increasing voter participation.

As a major employer, we believe we have a responsibility to encourage our team members to exercise that right. 

 

Smartphones - mobility
Scott Spradley - Nov 7, 2018

Tyson Foods as a Technology Company

Faster, simpler, easier, more efficient. That’s what drives Tyson Foods’ technology team as we look for opportunities to replace manual processes with smart, digital solutions.

While we’re keeping our eye on innovative, futuristic technologies, from edible bar codes to 3-D food printers, our primary attention is on five key areas: mobility, advanced analytics, industrial IoT (Internet of Things), robotics and blockchain.

 

Food Technology Image 1
Rizal Hamdallah - Nov 2, 2018

Food Meets Tech: Tyson Brings Consumer Goods into the Future

We’ve all been there– staring blankly into a refrigerator or pantry after a long day of work, unsure what to do next. But imagine instead a world where your smart devices suggest a range of recipes designed to suit your tastes, and your smart oven is controlled from an app and can precisely cook restaurant quality meals; a world where your favorite snacks come in packages engineered for your preferences and are able to track your eating habits.

 

Chicken at Farmhouse
Karen Christensen - Nov 1, 2018

Our Commitment to Animal Welfare, Research and Transparency

It’s been just over one year since I joined the Office of Animal Welfare at Tyson Foods, and I couldn’t be prouder of the passion and dedication my team brings to improve the lives of the animals raised for our company. 

We have more than 50 animal welfare specialists who come to work every day with the purpose of ensuring the safety of the animals in our supply chain. Our goal is to accelerate progress and lead the industry in animal experience research and innovation, while also advancing transparency. What does this mean? Let me break it down for you. 

 

Jimmy Dean Eggwich
Steve Silzer - Nov 1, 2018

Eggwich is the New Sandwich

While there are lots of bread lovers out there (OPRAH BEING ONE OF THEM!) and even a National Bread Day (Google it!), the culinary preferences of consumers are evolving. We even verified it in a survey - more than 33% of Americans have vowed to eat less of this yeasty treat in the new year and half have eaten a “sandwich” without bread.* So, what gives, Merriam-Webster?

 

the dish
Jess Hines - Oct 31, 2018

October Dish: Serving Up Cool Things in Food This Month

Skimp on sugar and splurge on fortified flour. These are a few of the cool things that happened in the food space this month.

 

I heart FNCE - Monica Stewart
Monica Stewart - Oct 29, 2018

My FNCE® Favorites: 3 Takeaways from the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo

Last week, I was fortunate to attend the largest worldwide meeting for food and nutrition experts with some of my Tyson Foods Nutrition Team members in our nation’s capitol. The conference was the Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo™ (FNCE®), which gives dietitians insight into the latest nutrition research and trends, and provides continuing education required to maintain our professional credentials.

 

Kitchen app cooking
Tom Mastrobuoni - Oct 26, 2018

Welcome to the Future: Cooking in the 21st Century

Our Tyson Ventures CFO Tom Mastrobuoni attended the Smart Kitchen Summit earlier this month where he got a sneak peek at up-and-coming food technology trends.

Check out his key takeaways from the conference and see what the future of food could entail.

 

CONNECT 4 program - Victor
Mike Rogers - Oct 25, 2018

Tackling the Skills Gap in Industrial Maintenance

Did you know that nearly 60 percent of Tyson Foods' maintenance and refrigeration team members are 50-years old or older?

With our CONNECT 4 program, we're tackling the skills gap for this generation and creating an easier path for high school students or current team members interested in pursuing an industrial maintenance career.

 

Innovation Lab team
Chemia Davis - Oct 24, 2018

Innovation Lab Gets Inspired by Chicago Ideas Week

Happy Birthday to us! It has been one year since the Tyson Foods Innovation Lab was born. This hand-picked groups of diverse team members from across the organization is constantly challenging how we think about innovation—and Chicago Ideas Week has been a huge part of that.

 

VR training
Amy Vinson - Oct 23, 2018

Better Reality Through Virtual Reality: Looking to the Future of Workplace Safety

We’re committed to using the newest technology available to help prepare our team members to work more safely and efficiently.  With our virtual reality pilot project, we're helping train new team members before they step foot in the work environment to help them feel confident on the plant floor.

 

CFI Optimizing Sustainability
Justin Ransom - Oct 22, 2018

Working with Our Industry to Optimize Sustainability

Sustainability in the food system can be complex, and often, leaning in on a single issue could have unintended consequences in another area. That’s why we collaborated with the Center for Food Integrity and others to develop a tool that helps companies set sustainability priorities and programs based on their values and stakeholder interests, and evaluate the potential impact of a change in policy or practice in supply chains.

 

NACS donation
Nancy Todys - Oct 19, 2018

Showcasing New Products and Giving Back at NACS

We debuted some of our latest convenience creations at the 2018 NACS show, and gave back to the local community.

 

Sally Grimes Chicago Booth cover
Jess Hines - Oct 18, 2018

Sally Grimes Recognized as Top Woman in Business

Sally Grimes, our group president of prepared foods, has recently received recognition as a top woman in business from a handful of publications, including Fortune, Crain's Chicago Business, and Chicago Booth Magazine. Check out some of Sally's biggest accomplishments in leadership.

 

WWS2018 Future of Food panel
Jennifer "JJ" Davis - Oct 17, 2018

Reshaping the Path to a More Sustainable Food System at #WWS2018

Check out some insights about the future of food our VP of Corporate Communications brought back from the World Woman Summit.

 

OneEgg - Nepal, peace sign
Matt Pakula - Oct 16, 2018

Feeding the World, One Egg at a Time

Take a look at one of our newest OneEgg projects in Nepal, where we've partnered with a local farm to make a world of difference.

 

Schoolgirls - Nepal, OneEgg
Matt Pakula - Oct 16, 2018

Creating Waves of Impact with Simple Solutions for Hunger Relief

We are celebrating World Food Day by expanding our global hunger relief efforts with OneEgg. We now have OneEgg initiatives in six countries, with the most recent addition of Nepal.

With these simple solutions, we hope to make a lasting impact in the fight for #ZeroHunger.

 

Pig farmer
Gary Mickelson - Oct 12, 2018

Family Farmers: The Cornerstone of Our Business

It's National Farmers Day! Our family farmers are essential to our business.

Here are five things you may not have known about farmer and our company.

 

Chicken houses
Chip Miller - Oct 12, 2018

Growing Technology with Help from Farmers

Today is National Farmers Day!

Our Poultry Farmer Advisory Council is helping us stay committed to transparent relationships with our farmers, and with their help, we've recently built technology to keep farming operations efficient.

 

You got this
Jess Hines - Oct 11, 2018

Managing Anxiety in the Workplace

Tyson Foods team members share tips and tricks on how to manage Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) in the workplace in order to #CureStigma and celebrate National Mental Illness Awareness Week.

 

team hands
Kristy Jungemann - Oct 11, 2018

Our Recipe for an Inclusive Culture

We have a unique recipe that we believe makes this a great place to work: our culture.

Culture is a valuable tool in making team members feel included and valued for their unique differences—including mental illness. At Tyson Foods, there is no room for stigma, so we are taking a stance to #CureStigma for Mental Illness Awareness Week.

 

Focus
Jess Hines - Oct 9, 2018

5 Things ADHD Employees Want Managers to Know

In celebration of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Mental Illness Awareness Week, I’m here to set the record straight to #CureStigma around ADHD.

These are some of the common behaviors of ADHD employees (including myself) explained to facilitate communication and understanding for managers and employers.

 

Team members 1 in 5 mental health
Kristi Jackson - Oct 8, 2018

Championing Mental Health with Our Employee Assistance Program

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has designated the first full week in October as Mental Illness Awareness Week. 

At Tyson Foods, we encourage team members to take advantage of our Employee Assistance Program and have an active role in their mental and emotional well-being.

 

Make Time to Vote
Noel White - Oct 4, 2018

We're Making Time to Vote

This week, we’re kicking off our participation in the non-partisan Time to Vote campaign alongside other 140 companies, including Levi Strauss & Co., Patagonia and PayPal.

I’m glad we’re taking this important step to make it easy for our team members to vote – and I look forward to seeing the impact of the broader campaign in all of the places we call home.

 

Corn field
Jamie Burr - Oct 2, 2018

Creating Our Roadmap to Land Stewardship

Improving nutrient use can reduce greenhouse gases and the risk of nutrient runoff. That’s why we set a Land Stewardship target of improving environmental farming practices on two million acres by 2020.

 

Noel White
Noel White - Oct 1, 2018

Onward FY19 - A Message from New CEO Noel White

It’s the first day of a new fiscal year and my first week as President & CEO of Tyson Foods. I look forward to leading this storied brand into the future.

 

Solar panels
Kevin Igli - Sep 25, 2018

Our Commitment to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Earlier this year, we committed to the bold goal of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2030.

I'm excited to announce that our target has been accepted by the Science Based Targets initiative, making us the first U.S. protein company in the food and beverage sector to receive such an approval.

 

Meals that Matter - Florence
Derek Burleson - Sep 24, 2018

'Meals that Matter' Rolls Out After Hurricane Florence

Last week, Tyson Foods Team members from Arkansas, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia began arriving in Fayetteville, NC to set up our Meals that Matter disaster relief cook site to aid people in the region affected by Hurricane Florence.

 

pepperoni pizza
Jess Hines - Sep 20, 2018

It's National Pepperoni Pizza Day!

No matter how you’re celebrating #NationalPepperoniPizzaDay, chances are, your slice of pie had some help from the top pepperoni supplier in the U.S.—Tyson Foods.

 

 

Grocery shopping
Monica Stewart - Sep 19, 2018

Chicken Facts: A Quick Reference to the Packaging Puzzle

Organic? No antibiotics? All natural? What does it all mean?

One of our registered dietitians helps crack the code to some of the most-asked labeling questions when it comes to meat shopping in the supermarket.

 

Tom Mastrobuoni at GFC
Tom Mastrobuoni - Sep 18, 2018

Accelerating the Growth of Making Meat Without Animals

Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in the inaugural Good Food Conference.

Entrepreneurs, scientists, venture capitalists, technologists, engineers and foodies alike gathered for two days to talk about the future of alternative proteins and how to make them better, safer, faster, more affordable and more sustainably through emerging technologies.

 

Lunch tray
Chef Alexa McKay - Sep 11, 2018

Welcome to the Newest Five Star Restaurant: K-12 Food Hall

Meet the newest generation of foodies: kids.

Move aside, turkey and cheese sandwiches – Spicy Korean BBQ, Tangy Thai Lemongrass Chicken, and Garlicky Buffalo Chicken drumsticks are some of the latest "hot recipes" making kids' taste buds buzz. One of our culinary experts dives into the changing pint-sized palates in the lunch room.

 

football field
Amber Crain - Sep 6, 2018

A Touchdown For Team Growth

With football season kicking off, our Talent & Culture Team decided to document the Tyson Foods “secret” to effective teams and create our very own team playbook.

Our "plays" are simple in concept, but powerhouses in execution. And we use these strategies just like your favorite football team: via daily practice.

 

Incubation center chicks
Shelby Watkins - Sep 4, 2018

Chicken Facts: An Egg's Journey Through a Hatchery

The road to a healthy chicken starts with a healthy egg.

Take a look at the journey through a hatchery, and see how our hatcheries are helping us raise the healthiest chicks possible.

 

The Dish
Jess Hines - Aug 31, 2018

August Dish: Serving Up Cool Things in Food

Cows gaining their sea legs and insects that are good for your intestines? For cool things happening in the food space, August did not leave us disappointed. 

 

Moushumi - One Egg
Ian Whitlow - Aug 29, 2018

Gaining Perspective in Nepal

Along with several other members on the Tyson Foods Corporate Communications team, I traveled to Nepal to meet Moushumi Shrestha – agricultural entrepreneur and, together with Tyson Foods, co-sponsor of a brand new OneEgg project in Nepal.

 

Tyson Foods Animal Well-Being Panel
Karen Christensen - Aug 23, 2018

Staying at the Forefront of Animal Well-Being

This week, 15 experts in animal well-being and welfare from all over the world met to help guide the next chapter of Tyson Foods’ animal well-being journey. These esteemed veterinarians, scientists, culinary experts, and more contribute to a new roster and revitalized agenda for the Tyson Foods Animal Well-Being Advisory Panel.

 

Chickens
Karen Christensen - Aug 22, 2018

Chicken Facts: The Truth About “Fast-Growing” Chickens

People often ask me about the difference between “fast-growing” and “slow-growing” chickens. There are good resources that address the topic, and I take a look at several in this blog.

 

No Antibiotics Ever
Bill Hewat - Aug 17, 2018

Chicken Facts: Why We Eliminated Antibiotics From Tyson™ Chicken

When I talk with people about how we raise chickens, questions usually come up about antibiotics. And the false belief that we constantly put them in feed and water.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Last year Tyson Foods announced all Tyson branded chicken products would be raised with No Antibiotics Ever (NAE) – making us the world’s leading producer of NAE chicken. This means these chickens are never given antibiotics in any phase of their lives – from egg to market age.

 

Progressive beef cow
Chad Martin - Aug 15, 2018

Setting a New Standard in Beef Production

As the largest U.S. food company, we have the responsibility and opportunity to be as transparent as we can about the products we produce. Today we’re setting a new standard that we believe will raise expectations across the beef industry around what it means to raise cattle sustainably. We have become the first food company to license Progressive Beef™, the largest-ever cattle sustainability program verified through USDA approved auditors. 

 

The Gen Z Frenzy
Jess Hines - Aug 9, 2018

The Gen Z Frenzy

Gen Z is the hot new demographic everybody is talking about. Like generations before them, Gen Zers have their own unique “profile,” including a new set of needs and expectations that shape how companies like ours develop new products and market to them. And with Gen Z spending power estimated at up to $143 billion, you can bet they’ve got our attention.

I recently sat down with a few of the 8,147 Gen Zers who work at Tyson Foods to understand their unique perspectives, not only as consumers, but as valuable team members who can help crack the code to this new generation.

The Trouble With Tariffs
Steve Stouffer - Aug 3, 2018

The Trouble with Tariffs

When we say Tyson Foods helps feed the world, we’re not kidding. We ship our products to 115 countries. Last year alone, exports generated about 19 percent of our pork sales and 15 percent of our beef sales. 
 
But, now – because of the ongoing trade war and the tariffs its produced – we’re getting less for our products in some key markets.

 

EngageNWA
Garrett Dolan - Aug 1, 2018

Investing in a More Inclusive Community

Northwest Arkansas, like most of America, is changing. Driven by economic growth and a low cost of living, our region attracts a diverse group of newcomers. Some from the Marshall Islands, some from Mexico, and others from around the United States. They come to work hard and make a better life for themselves. However, their can-do attitude sometimes needs a little help to overcome the cultural and language barriers that can isolate us.

 

Nate Kelly with Tom Hayes
Jess Hines - July 26, 2018

Tyson Foods Summer Intern Experience

Our summer intern Nate Kelly had just finished his final presentation when I plucked him from his desk for an interview. Nate is a senior Agriculture and Consumer Economics major at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who is spending his summer interning for our Sales Strategy and Planning team in the Tyson Foods Chicago office. Nate was happy to sit down and chat about his experience, and just in time for #NationalInternDay!

 

 

Tyson Foods at Bite NWA Culinary Festival
Jess Hines - June 29, 2018

Tyson Showcases Culinary Innovation at BITE NW Arkansas

Watch out Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival. Move over Maine Lobster Fest. Take a knee, Taste of Chicago. Northwest Arkansas is here to take a BITE out of the foodie and culinary festival culture.

Last week Bentonville, Arkansas hosted its fourth annual BITE NW Arkansas food and drink culinary festival. Hailed as the region’s premiere foodie experience, BITE invites locals to taste, sip, sample and discover the best of the culinary community in Northwest Arkansas. The event showcases more than 60 restaurants and breweries and draws a crowd of nearly 7,000 hungry attendees, briefly turning Northwest Arkansas into a hotbed of culinary innovation.

 

Grilling with Tom Hayes and Spark Program
Jess Hines - June 21, 2018

Kicking off Grilling Season with the Chicago Spark Program

Last week, we kicked off grilling season on the beautiful rooftop deck at our Chicago office, complete with hot dogs, cornhole and beautiful weather.

We were joined by several special guests, including our CEO Tom Hayes, talented Tyson Senior Chef Kang Kuan, and the VP of Marketing for Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Sanjiv Gajiwala.  But perhaps more notably, we were joined by a group of 7th graders from Frazier International Magnet School, an affiliate of the Chicago Spark Program.

 

Blockchain Blog Post
Tom Mastrobuoni - Jun 14, 2018

Blockchain-ing Our Way to a Stronger Supply Chain

Blockchain is all the buzz these days. Sectors across finance, healthcare, media, government, and food, in the U.S. and around the world, are looking at how they can leverage blockchain for everything from medical record security to financial transactions and more. Blockchain is said to be the great democratizer and equalizer. Some liken it to the emergence of the internet where it can open seemingly infinite possibilities for change and improvement.

 

Yappah Carousel Blog Post
Rizal Hamdallah - May 31, 2018

We’re Rethinking Snacks. For Good.

The statistics behind wasted food are overwhelming. Did you know that nearly one-third of all food used in food production globally ends up as waste? The average person wastes 3.5 pounds of food per week and uneaten food equates to Americans throwing out as much as $218 billion each year, which can end up rotting in landfills emitting greenhouse gases.
 
As the largest U.S. food company, it’s not only incumbent on us to care, it’s on us to do something about it. Our purpose -- to raise the world’s expectations for how much food can do -- is nothing if we don’t act.

 

Memorial Day Stewart F. Glendinning Blog Post
Stewart F. Glendinning - May 28, 2018

What I Learned in the Navy

As an immigrant to the U.S., I will always be grateful for the opportunities this country has given me. One of them was the chance to serve in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

I got there in a roundabout way.

When I was a kid growing up in South Africa, I loved diving. My dad was a commercial diver, and I went diving every chance I got. When I was a college freshman in Virginia, I met a U.S. Navy recruiter who told me I could make money for college (which I sorely needed) and have a chance to go to Navy dive school. I literally dove at the chance.

 

Bring on Grilling Season Tom Hayes Blog Post
Tom Hayes - May 24, 2018

Bring on Grilling Season!

It’s the time of year for making memories – and hot dogs, too.

Most of my favorite memories are from the outdoors, around the grill. One that sticks out is a family reunion in Westford, Massachusetts when I was a kid. I remember the not one – not two – but three hot dogs I ate. I also remember running around the yard with my cousins, though I can’t remember exactly what game we were playing. Maybe it was Tag? Or Capture the Flag?
 

Miles Jones Elementary Blog
Debra Vernon - May 21, 2018

Business for Good

Our purpose is to raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Today, our purpose is coming to life in exciting ways through investments we are making in social enterprise initiatives -- philanthropic investments that create shared value for society and our company.

These initiatives are aimed at using our strength as a modern food company with the size and scale to impact change to help sustainably solve social issues such as food insecurity, while improving communities and making a positive impact on people’s lives.
 

Mothers Day Sally Grimes Blog Post
SALLY GRIMES - MAY 11, 2018

Thank you, mom!

My mom is on my mind often, not just on Mother’s Day. And I know I’m not the only one who feels that way.

My mom shaped my life in many ways, some she likely didn’t realize.

In fact, one of the biggest influences she had on my life was completely unintentional. My mom wasn’t only from another generation; she was from another culture. She came to the U.S. from India in the 1960s and had an arranged marriage to my dad. They met the day before their wedding day…

Farmers Bill of Rights
Doug Ramsey - May 3, 2018

We’re Committed to Enhancing Communications with Poultry Farmers

As part of our journey to continually live our purpose, we’re launching several initiatives aimed at enhancing communications and transparency with the thousands of independent farmers who grow chickens for our company.

Yesterday we mailed every farmer a copy of the Contract Poultry Farmers’ Bill of Rights along with a note explaining that we’re developing an advisory council made up of farmers and we’ll be investing in new communications technology with our growers in mind.

One Egg Sustainable Egg Farm
Debra Vernon - APR 26, 2018

Working for the Greater Good

Tyson Foods’ purpose starts with sustainably feeding the world, and doing this calls us all to be a force for good. Sustainability is all about collaborating for the good of the next generation. We are using our resources, expertise and talent to solve social and environmental problems – not only increasing revenues and lowering expenses, but also making the world a better place.

Tyson Foods’ commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) enables us to be a good employer for our team members, an engaged neighbor within our communities and a valuable partner to our stakeholders. With approximately 122,000 team members in 112 plants in 29 states across the country, we have a profound influence on the communities where we operate.  

Upward Academy and Team Members
Kevin Scherer - Apr 19, 2018

Creating Employee Education with Upward Academy

When I first joined Tyson Foods as a part-time chaplain in our Berry Street and Randall Wobbe Lane plants in Springdale, Arkansas, a little over three years ago, I had only a basic idea of the challenges our team members face. At Berry Street, our workforce is almost exclusively Hispanic/Latino and Marshallese. Very few of the team members speak English, and much of the day-to-day communication is done through interpreters.

It turns out this is a pretty common scenario in many of our plants across the country, where nearly 30 different languages are spoken regularly.

Our Commitment to Animal Care
Karen Christensen - Apr 12, 2018

Our Commitment to Animal Care

I joined Tyson Foods six months ago as senior director of the Office of Animal Well-Being, a department dedicated exclusively to animal welfare and comprised of dozens of people like me who care deeply and work diligently to ensure we act responsibly about their care and treatment. Prior to joining Tyson, I was an associate professor in poultry at the University of Arkansas. In fact, my entire 30-year career has been committed to animal care.

The decision to go back to an industry position after a great experience in academia was a daunting one; however, the opportunity to impact the well-being of the farm animals raised by this company was too important to turn down. 

Steve Stouffer and United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
Steve Stouffer - Apr 6, 2018

Our 30-Year Collaboration with the UFCW

As the President of Tyson Fresh Meats, I’m excited to celebrate a 30 year journey of growing collaboration between Tyson Foods and the UFCW. Together, we’ve worked hard to make a positive impact in our team member’s lives by putting our team members health and safety first and I am pleased to let you know we have made real, measurable progress in that time, particularly over the last 5 years. 
 
Our plants are the foundation of our company and our communities– this is where the work gets done every day to make our business a success. The most important part of any of our plants is the Tyson team members. And to be successful, we need to make sure our team members have the resources and support they need to do their jobs well and to do them in a safe manner.  It is our team members who are dedicated to helping Tyson maintain its leadership in the protein industry.
 

Sustainability Acres of Land
Justin Whitmore - Apr 3, 2018

Sustainability: The Road Ahead

It’s Earth Month and to celebrate, we’re reflecting on the progress we’ve made, the challenges we’ve faced and the road ahead. Throughout the month we’ll offer opportunities to hear directly from our leaders in animal well-being, the environment, workplace safety, hunger relief and more. Part of being a company committed to sustainability is being a company that also cares about transparency.

Sally Grimes International Women's Day
SALLY GRIMES - MAR 8, 2018

A Little Wisdom for the Most Important Woman in My Life

This International Women’s Day, there’s reason to be optimistic.

Looking around the world – I see women of all ages standing up for what they believe in and speaking their minds on what’s important to them.  They’re making a difference, opening the door to conversations that were once shunned.

Looking around the executive conference room – I see a Tyson Foods leadership team more diverse than it was just a year ago, including three women in top positions, guiding the future of America’s largest food company.  Our consumer empathy is stronger today because of our unique perspectives.

CAGNY Dinner Around the Table
Sally Grimes - Feb 20, 2018

What Makes Me Confident in Our Future

Today, we presented at the annual Consumer Analyst Group of New York Conference, otherwise known as CAGNY. We’re hitting our stride as a modern food company, and we took the opportunity to share that story with analysts and investors who cover the food industry.

Simply put: The demand for protein is growing, and we’re evolving alongside consumers to feed them what they want to eat. During our presentation, we unveiled our latest innovations – and we’re not stopping there.

We're Investing in Our People
Tom Hayes - Feb 8, 2018

We’re Investing in Our People

Yesterday, I shared with the team our plans for investing our tax savings, including our plan to provide one-time bonuses to frontline workers whose compensation does not include an annual bonus. These employees are the backbone of our business and we’re happy to show them our appreciation. 

Alternative Proteins
Tom Hayes - Jan 29, 2018

Why We Are Investing in Alternative Proteins

At first, it might seem counterintuitive. Admittedly, it seemed counterintuitive to some inside our company too. We know what comes to mind when people think of Tyson Foods – and that’s chicken. But in truth, we’re about chicken and so much more. We’re about sausage and pepperoni. Scrambled eggs and convenience snacks. Deli turkey and beef jerky. And now, through our venture capital fund, cultured meats and plant-based proteins.