September 12, 2008


Tyson enters third poultry joint venture in China


As part of its continuing international expansion, Tyson Foods, Inc. has finalised a joint venture agreement with Shandong Xinchang Group, one of China's leading poultry producers with estimated 2009 sales of US $345 million.


Once the deal receives the necessary government approvals, it will give Tyson 60 percent ownership in Xinchang's existing assets and include the acquisition of a new poultry processing complex in the province. The name of the venture will be Shandong Tyson Xinchang Foods Company, Ltd.


"Poultry is the second leading meat protein source in China behind pork and continues to make significant gains in consumption," said Rick Greubel, group vice president and international president for Tyson Foods. "This joint venture will enable us to help meet China's appetite for poultry, which has been growing faster than the existing domestic supply."


Xinchang's business includes chicken and duck breeder and broiler farms, feed mills, and hatcheries. With the addition of a new chicken processing complex, the business also consists of four chicken processing facilities with a maximum capacity of three million birds per week and a duck processing facility capable of handling of 350,000 birds per week.


Most of the chicken and duck products are sold frozen through foodservice and wholesale channels and a small percentage is sold through retail outlets.


Greubel said Tyson's experience in the food industry would help the company expand to serve the rapidly growing quick service restaurant and modern retail food business in China.


Tyson also has majority interest in a chicken further processing facility in Zhucheng, Shandong, and majority interest in a vertically integrated poultry operation being developed in Haimen City in the Jiangsu Province near Shanghai.


China represented 9 percent of the US$3.8 billion Tyson generated in international sales in fiscal 2007.

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