Tyson launches new meals division

By Aidan Fortune contact

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Tyson launches new meals division
US processor Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods, has created a new team focused on the value added and case ready categories.

The Portioned Protein Innovations (PPI) team is led by Nate Hodne, senior vice president of PPI at Tyson Fresh Meats, and consists of sales and operations employees spread across the estate.

Tyson currently has multiple facilities producing PPI products, including: three case ready facilities in Sherman, Texas, Goodlettsville, Tennessee, and Council Bluffs, Iowa; two portion-cutting facilities in Chicago and Jacksonville in Florida.; and a value added plant in Emporia, Kansas. 

An additional case ready plant is being built in Salt Lake City, Utah​, and is set to launch in 2021.

The primary goal of the PPI team is to bring innovative solutions to customers and consumers, specifically in meeting the growing demand for portioned proteins that provide function and convenience for consumers today. The team specializes in further-processed items for both retail and foodservice, including innovative packaging solutions, ground beef production, protein portioning, and seasoned and marinated products.

“We’re thrilled to announce our Portioned Protein Innovations Team,”​ said Hodne. “The experts on this team have years of industry knowledge and experience to bring to our customers and now, with this new team, we have the capability to focus on this growing consumer demand. We are excited about the top-notch customer service and the many innovative solutions that will come from the PPI team.”

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