About Cobb-Vantress, Inc.

Tyson Foods spreads its wings beyond the chicken coop. While it's one of the largest US chicken producers (processing some 40 million a week), Tyson's Fresh Meats division makes it a giant in the beef and pork sectors. The company also offers value-added processed and pre-cooked meats and refrigerated and frozen prepared foods. Its chicken operations are vertically integrated -- the company hatches the eggs, supplies contract growers with the chicks and feed, and brings them back for processing when ready. Tyson's brands include Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells, and State Fair. Its customers include retail, wholesale, and food service companies worldwide.


In terms of volume Tyson Foods is, indeed, a chicken company, processing about 40 million chickens a week compared to 456,000 pigs, and 165,000 head of cattle at its 100 food production plants worldwide. But when counting dollars instead of eggs, the company makes 40% of its revenue from its beef segment and 30% from its poultry operations. Prepared foods and pork products contribute about 30% and 10%, respectively.

While its chicken operations reach from egg to drumstick, Tyson raises no cattle of its own. It buys live cattle on the open market and they're raised under contract at third-party feed lots. The majority of Tyson's swine are bought from producers; however, it does raise some swine and supplies feeder pigs to independent producers on a contract basis.

Tyson's wholly-owned subsidiary Cobb-Vantress Inc. is a top poultry breeding stock supplier globally that leverages research and development to breed desirable characteristics into its flocks.

Among Tyson's facilities are processing plants, rendering plants, blending mills, feed mills, broiler hatcheries, breeder houses, and a dozen distribution centers.

Geographic Reach

Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, Tyson Foods serves retail and foodservice customers across the US and in about 115 countries worldwide. Tyson's major export markets include Canada, Central America, China, the European Union, Japan, Mexico, the Middle East, South Korea, and Taiwan. Export sales from the US total about $3.5 billion annually, or roughly 10% of total revenue.

Sales and Marketing

Tyson Foods' products are marketed to grocery stores, meat distributors, club stores, military commissaries, chain restaurants, and foodservice operators, among other customers. Walmart accounts for nearly 18% of Tyson's sales.

Tyson's products are marketed and sold primarily by its sales staff to grocery retailers, grocery wholesalers, meat distributors, warehouse club stores, military commissaries, industrial food processing companies, chain restaurants or their distributors, live markets, international export companies and domestic distributors who serve restaurants, foodservice operations, cafeterias, convenience stores, hospitals, and other vendors. Additionally, sales to the military and a portion of sales to international markets are made through independent brokers and trading companies.

Tyson promotes its products with marketing, advertising, trade promotions, and consumer incentives such as coupons, discounts, rebates, and volume-based incentives. The company spends about $240 million a year on advertising and promotional expenses.

Financial Performance

Tyson Foods posted a 4% sales increase to about $38 billion in 2017 (ended September) from 2016. Though its sales rebounded year-to-year, 2017 revenue was off from the peak of about $41 billion in 2015. The company reported higher revenue from beef, chicken, pork, and prepared foods in 2017 because of higher demand that outpaced increased supplies.

Net income was flat at about $1.8 billion in 2017 and 2016 because of charges in the chicken and prepared food segments. Both segments had charges related to the acquisition of AdvancePierre and prepared foods had additional charges related to its San Diego facility.

Cash flow from operations slipped to $2.6 billion in 2017 from $2.7 billion in 2016 because of higher accounts receivable and inventory.


Chicken, beef, and pork have at least one thing in common: they're protein. And that's what Tyson Foods is placing its bets on. The company is going all-protein, all the time, selling its non-protein businesses Sara Lee Frozen Bakery, Kettle, and Van's. As it focuses on sources of protein, Tysons committed itself to producing that protein sustainably. It says that investments in sustainability should reduce waste and costs.

To help it develop more protein products, Tyson Foods is backing a $150 million fund to invest in food innovation. New Tyson Ventures focuses on commercializing alternative proteins; addressing food insecurity and food loss through commercial models; and promoting better use of resources, safety, and consumer empowerment in the food chain. The fund invests in entrepreneurial food businesses and Tyson provides expertise to accelerate development. The first investment involves a previous Tyson investment in plant-based protein producer Beyond Meat.

Besides developing new protein and products, Tyson Foods looks to run a leaner organization. The company began implementing a restructuring, what it calls a Financial Fitness Program, in late 2017. The program involves the integration of AdvancePierre and finding cost cuts in the supply chain, procurement, and overhead improvements in the prepared foods and chicken segments to reach a total savings of $800 million by the end of 2020. The program involves cutting about 500 jobs, most of them in Tyson's corporate offices in Arkansas, Illinois, and Ohio.

Mergers and Acquisitions

In mid-2018 Tyson Foods announced plans to acquire Keystone Foods from Brazil's Marfrig for $2.16 billion. US-based Keystone, which sells chicken nuggets to McDonald's, also makes beef patties, fish filets, and chicken wings and tenders. The deal provides a solid foundation for international growth for Tyson Foods as Keystone has operations in China, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, and Australia.

Earlier that year Tyson Foods became one of the largest organic branded chicken processors when it acquired Nebraska-based Tecumseh Poultry, maker of the Smart Chicken brand of air-chilled, fresh chicken.

In 2017 Tyson acquired prepackaged foods company AdvancePierre Foods for $4.2 billion and converted the company into a subsidiary. The acquisition of AdvancePierre Foods' sandwiches, meals, and other ready-to-eat foods complements Tyson's existing line-up of prepared meals. The purchase also brought AdvancePierre's food service, retail, and convenience store provider customers.

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Cobb-Vantress, Inc.

4703 Hwy 412 E
Siloam Springs, AR 72761-8906
Phone: 1 (479) 524-3166
Fax: 1 (479) 524-3043


  • Employer Type: Public
  • PARTNER: Darron Jarett
  • Fleet Safety Mgr: Roland Rhoads
  • Vice President, Production Operations: Randy Vardeman
  • Employees: 2,150

Major Office Locations

  • Siloam Springs, AR

Other Locations

  • Cleveland, AR
  • Fayetteville, AR
  • Blairsville, GA
  • Cleveland, GA
  • Hartwell, GA
  • Monticello, KY
  • Wadesboro, NC
  • Rose, OK
  • Spavinaw, OK
  • Kinards, SC
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