About Tyson Foods, Inc.

Tyson is more than simply chicken. One of the largest US chicken producers, Tyson's Fresh Meats division makes it a giant in the beef and pork sectors, as well. The company also offers value-added processed and pre-cooked meats and refrigerated and frozen prepared foods (pizza crust, desserts, snacks). 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, Sara Lee, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells, and State Fair. Its customers include retail, wholesale, and food service companies worldwide.


Tyson processes about a total of about 40 million chickens, 456,000 pigs, and 165,000 head of cattle every week at its 100 food production plants worldwide.

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.

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 the resultant feeder pigs to independent producers on a contract basis.

As part of its operations, the company boasts four business segments: beef, chicken, prepared foods, and pork. Beef is actually its largest segment, accounting for about 40% of revenue, with chicken bringing in about 30%. The fast-growing prepared foods segment contributed nearly 20% of sales, with pork at more than 10%.

Geographic Reach

Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, Tyson 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.

Tyson has about 800 plants, mills, storage centers, hatcheries, farm houses, and production facilities across the globe (nearly 475 of them chicken breeder houses).

Sales and Marketing

Tyson's products are marketed to grocery stores, meat distributors, club stores, military commissaries, chain restaurants, and foodservice operators, among other customers.  Wal-Mart 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 spent $238 million on advertising and promotional expenses during fiscal 2016.

Financial Performance

Tyson reported revenue of $36.88 billion for fiscal 2016, down from $41.37 billion in fiscal 2015. Revenues declined across all four segments, but the largest drop came in the beef segment as a result of lower beef prices.

Net income, however, continued its upward trajectory in fiscal 2016, jumping nearly 45% to a record $1.8 billion as Tyson saved some $5 billion in cost of sales, including about $2.5 billion in lower live cattle costs. Cash flow from operations benefited from the increase in net income, rising 6% to a record $2.7 billion.


Tyson's continuing focus is on what it calls the "hybrid strategy" of offering fresh meats alongside a robust portfolio of branded prepared foods. It has invested heavily in the higher-margin prepared foods category in recent years, most notably with the 2014 acquisition of Hillshire Brands, and plans to make additional acquisitions as opportunities arise.

The company realized synergies and profit improvement of $580 million in fiscal 2016 related to the Hillshire Brands integration and anticipates another $675 million in fiscal 2017. It has identified nine brands (the "core nine") it feels will drive growth in the prepared foods segment in the coming years.

In 2015 Tyson sold its Brazil and Mexico poultry operations to JBS SA for $575 million to help pay down debt associated with the Hillshire purchase.

Mergers and Acquisitions

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 brings AdvancePierre's food service, retail, and convenience store provider customers.

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Tyson Foods, Inc.

2200 W Don Tyson Pkwy
Springdale, AR 72762-6901
Phone: 1 (479) 290-4000
Fax: 1 (479) 751-0834


  • Employer Type: Public
  • Stock Symbol: TSN
  • Stock Exchange: NYSE
  • President, CEO, and Director: Tom Hayes
  • Chairman: John H. Tyson
  • COO: Noel White
  • 2016 Employees: 114,000

Major Office Locations

  • Springdale, AR

Other Locations

  • Albertville, AL
  • Anniston, AL
  • Attalla, AL
  • Blountsville, AL
  • Cullman, AL
  • Heflin, AL
  • Hoover, AL
  • Oxford, AL
  • Snead, AL
  • Bergman, AR
  • Berryville, AR
  • Cedarville, AR
  • Clarksville, AR
  • Dardanelle, AR
  • Fayetteville, AR
  • Fort Smith, AR
  • Grannis, AR
  • Green Forest, AR
  • Hope, AR
  • Lincoln, AR
  • Morrilton, AR
  • Murfreesboro, AR
  • Nashville, AR
  • North Little Rock, AR
  • Pine Bluff, AR
  • Rogers, AR
  • Russellville, AR
  • Scranton, AR
  • Siloam Springs, AR
  • Star City, AR
  • Texarkana, AR
  • Van Buren, AR
  • Waldron, AR
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Tolleson, AZ
  • Brea, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Milpitas, CA
  • Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Lorenzo, CA
  • Santa Fe Springs, CA
  • Loveland, CO
  • Washington, DC
  • Cocoa, FL
  • Blairsville, GA
  • Cleveland, GA
  • Cumming, GA
  • Dahlonega, GA
  • Dawson, GA
  • Decatur, GA
  • Douglasville, GA
  • Fairmount, GA
  • Hartwell, GA
  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Macon, GA
  • Oglethorpe, GA
  • Suwanee, GA
  • Talking Rock, GA
  • Vienna, GA
  • Allison, IA
  • Bancroft, IA
  • Cherokee, IA
  • Columbus Junction, IA
  • Conroy, IA
  • Council Bluffs, IA
  • Delta, IA
  • Donnellson, IA
  • Dubuque, IA
  • Elgin, IA
  • Farmersburg, IA
  • Hubbard, IA
  • Maynard, IA
  • Mount Ayr, IA
  • Osage, IA
  • Pella, IA
  • Perry, IA
  • Rock Rapids, IA
  • Sheldon, IA
  • Sioux City, IA
  • Stockton, IA
  • Storm Lake, IA
  • Story City, IA
  • Sully, IA
  • Villisca, IA
  • Waterloo, IA
  • Atkinson, IL
  • Cambridge, IL
  • Carthage, IL
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dixon, IL
  • Downers Grove, IL
  • Elgin, IL
  • Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Forrest, IL
  • Galva, IL
  • Goodfield, IL
  • Hillsdale, IL
  • Lyndon, IL
  • Ottawa, IL
  • Pinckneyville, IL
  • Rochelle, IL
  • Schaumburg, IL
  • Willow Hill, IL
  • Bluffton, IN
  • Burlington, IN
  • Cambridge City, IN
  • Corunna, IN
  • Corydon, IN
  • Demotte, IN
  • Fillmore, IN
  • Greensburg, IN
  • Jasper, IN
  • Linden, IN
  • Logansport, IN
  • North Manchester, IN
  • Portland, IN
  • Ramsey, IN
  • Rossville, IN
  • Rushville, IN
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  • Emporia, KS
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  • Hutchinson, KS
  • South Hutchinson, KS
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  • Carthage, MS
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  • Olive Branch, MS
  • Pearl, MS
  • Vicksburg, MS
  • Advance, NC
  • Claremont, NC
  • Eastover, NC
  • Harmony, NC
  • Hope Mills, NC
  • Laurel Springs, NC
  • Monroe, NC
  • Mooresville, NC
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  • Fargo, ND
  • Dakota City, NE
  • Laurel, NE
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  • Omaha, NE
  • Saint Paul, NE
  • Clifton, NJ
  • Moonachie, NJ
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Santa Teresa, NM
  • Amherst, OH
  • Blue Ash, OH
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  • Lima, OH
  • Mount Blanchard, OH
  • West Chester, OH
  • Westerville, OH
  • Youngstown, OH
  • Broken Bow, OK
  • Enid, OK
  • Holdenville, OK
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Rose, OK
  • Spavinaw, OK
  • Stilwell, OK
  • Westville, OK
  • Salem, OR
  • Cranberry Township, PA
  • Mount Joy, PA
  • New Holland, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Columbia, SC
  • Easley, SC
  • Kinards, SC
  • Pendleton, SC
  • Summerville, SC
  • Turbeville, SC
  • Armour, SD
  • Colman, SD
  • Freeman, SD
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  • Estill Springs, TN
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  • Auburn, WA
  • Kent, WA
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  • Chippewa Falls, WI
  • Jefferson, WI
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • New London, WI
  • Huntington, WV
  • Brooks, Canada
  • Calgary, Canada
  • Milo, Canada
  • Mississauga, Canada
  • Chelmsford, England
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