Tyson CEO: Consumers demand a sustainable food system
Tom Hayes says company wants healthy animals, environment, workplace, people and food
Tyson Foods CEO Tom Hayes said the company is working hard toward achieving a sustainable food system because that is what customers want.
Hayes, who became the CEO upon the retirement of Donnie Smith at the end of 2016, told of the company’s ambitions while addressing the Arkansas Economic Development Foundation Luncheon at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Tyson Foods is headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas.
According to a report from Arkansas Business, Hayes said: “We’re dead set on having no trade-offs, on making sure we have healthier animals, a healthier environment, heathy workplace, healthy people, healthy food. But it’s important to do all of those together. We’re not about changing one out for the other.”
While speaking at the luncheon, Hayes assured those in attendance that animal proteins will remain the core of the company’s operations, although it did recently invest in plant-based protein compay Beyond Meat. That investment was simply part of Tyson’s desire to grow in every area.
Tyson Foods is the largest broiler company in the United States, according to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, and is also the fifth largest turkey processor in the U.S. It is also a leading pork and beef processor.
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Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale is focused on growing in Arkansas, president and CEO Tom Hayes said Tuesday during the Arkansas Economic Development Foundation Luncheon at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.