Tyson Foods Inc. was established by John W. Tyson in 1935, and as of 2016 it employed 114,000 people, 108,000 of which were in the U.S. The company supplies value-added chicken, beef and pork to retail grocers, broad line foodservice distributors and national fast food and full service restaurant chains. It provides chicken supplies to all Yum! Brands chains, including KFC and Taco Bell, as well as McDonald's, Burger King, small restaurant businesses, and prisons. The company manufactures a wide variety of processed meat products at its 123 food processing plants. It produces products such as Buffalo wings, boneless Buffalo wings, chicken nuggets and tenders. It operates through four segments: Chicken, Beef, Pork and Prepared Foods.
Tyson Foods Inc. is one of the leading global companies in the food industry, headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas. The company is the world's and the U.S. second largest processor of chicken, beef and pork. The largest processor is the Brazilian firm JBS S.A. In 2015, the company was one of the most valuable food brands worldwide and the leading food and beverage company in North America, based on sales amounting to about 40 billion U.S. dollars. Tyson Foods annually exports the largest percentage of beef out of the United States. Together with its subsidiaries, it operates many food brands, including Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Sara Lee, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells, and State Fair.
In 2015, the company was ranked as the fourth leading food manufacturer brand worldwide, by the share of social media mentions. According to a study conducted in April, some three percent of social media mentions were about Tyson Foods. Altogether, the company spent some 238 million U.S. dollars on advertising worldwide.
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