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Mis­lead­ing char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion of Tyson

Claims by en­vi­ron­men­tal group Mighty Earth that Tyson Foods is a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to a large ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf of Mex­ico have been de­nied by the meat com­pany, which says it is com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

“We share this group’s con­cern about the en­vi­ron­ment but dis­agree with its mis­lead­ing char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion of our com­pany,” said a Tyson Foods spokesper­son.

The Mighty Earth re­port iden­ti­fied com­pa­nies al­legedly re­spon­si­ble for ma­nure and fer­tiliser pol­lu­tion that is con­tam­i­nat­ing water from the USA in­te­rior through to the Gulf of Mex­ico. It sug­gests that

the ‘dead zone’ is caused by pol­lu­tion, most of which is the re­sult of corn and soy used by meat com­pa­nies to grow their an­i­mals. Tyson Foods stood out for its foot­print in all re­gions that suf­fer from pol­lu­tion caused by in­dus­trial meat and feed pro­duc­tion.

How­ever, Tyson Foods has hit back with a de­tailed en­vi­ron­men­tal com­mit­ment that in­cludes an en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment sys­tem at each of its fa­cil­i­ties to en­able a more sus­tain­able op­er­a­tion, con­tin­ued fo­cus on more re­cy­cling, and a long-term par­tic­i­pa­tion in the EPA’S Smart­way en­ergy con­ser­va­tion pro­gramme.

Trac­ing food’s ori­gin

Live­stock farm­ers in Arkansas have adopted tech­nol­ogy that will tell cus­tomers ex­actly where their food orig­i­nated.

Aim­ing to pro­vide cus­tomers with the ab­so­lute as­sur­ance of where their food orig­i­nates, Grass Roots Farm­ers Co­op­er­a­tive are the first US pro­duc­ers to use blockchain tech­nol­ogy to trace prod­ucts from the farm to the fork.

“A re­cent study con­firmed that 83% of con­sumers want more in­for­ma­tion about what’s in their food,” said Cody Hop­kins, gen­eral man­ager and found­ing mem­ber of Grass Roots. “This tech­nol­ogy is the per­fect way to of­fer folks to­tal trans­parency.”

To check the ori­gin of their food, cus­tomers scan a QR code that then pro­vides in­for­ma­tion on the sup­ply chain, from farmer through to pro­ces­sor.

Profits soar at Pil­grim

Second quar­ter in­come soared at poul­try pro­ces­sor Pil­grim’s Pride, which posted a $233 mil­lion profit off the back of a ro­bust quar­terly per­for­mance that saw sales hit the $2.25 bil­lion.

The ster­ling re­sults are at­trib­uted to a di­verse blend of chicken prod­ucts, in­clud­ing mixed bird sizes rang­ing from small bird through to tray pack and large deboned birds.

“This port­fo­lio ap­proach is work­ing well and is what fun­da­men­tally dif­fer­en­ti­ates us from the com­pe­ti­tion, giv­ing us the po­ten­tial to re­duce volatil­ity and gen­er­ate higher mar­gins over time,” said CEO Bill Lovette, adding that health is one on-trend food area that had “po­ten­tial” for the busi­ness.

Tyson re­struc­tures for agility

As part of a drive to sup­port its growth strat­egy, Tyson Foods has re­struc­tured its or­gan­i­sa­tion, with elected ex­ec­u­tives over­see­ing its pre­pared, poul­try, fresh meats and in­ter­na­tional di­vi­sions.

Tom Hays, pres­i­dent and CEO of the lead­ing food pro­ducer, said mar­ket dynamics re­quires that Tyson be­comes more ag­ile while still focusing on cus­tomers, con­sumers and the busi­nesses.

“This sim­ple de­sign cre­ates in­di­vid­ual re­spon­si­bil­ity for the per­for­mance of our seg­ments to en­able bet­ter, faster de­ci­sions,” he said.¡

The ar­ti­cles above have all been com­piled by the Ed­i­tor and do not nec­es­sar­ily rep­re­sent the views, opin­ions or po­si­tions of SAPA.

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