Tyson Foods Company had record result
Chicken - Sales volume increased as a result of better demand for chicken products, partially offset by a decrease in rendered product sales. Average sales price increased as a result of sales mix changes which offset general market price declines. The operating income decreased due to increased marketing, advertising and promotion spend and higher operating costs which included $23 mill. of compensation and benefit integration expense. Feed costs decreased $20 mill. during the first quarter of fiscal 2017.
Beef - Sales volume increased due to improved availability of cattle supply and stronger domestic and export demand for our beef products. Average sales price decreased due to higher domestic availability of beef supplies and lower livestock cost. The operating income increased due to more favorable market conditions as we maximized our revenues relative to the decline in live fed cattle costs, partially offset by higher operating costs.
Pork - Sales volume increased due to strong demand for our pork products and increased exports. Live hog supplies increased, which drove down livestock cost and average sales price. The operating income increased as we maximized our revenues relative to the live hog markets, partially attributable to stronger export markets and operational and mix performance, which were partially offset by higher operating costs.
Prepared Foods - Sales volume increased due to improved demand for our prepared foods products. Average sales price decreased primarily due to a decline in input costs of approximately $100 mill., partially offset by product mix changes. The operating income decreased due to higher operating costs at some of our facilities, increased marketing, advertising and promotion spend and $22 mill. of compensation and benefit integration expense. Additionally, Prepared Foods operating income was positively impacted by $127 mill. in synergies, of which $32 mill. was incremental synergies in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 above the $95 mill. of synergies realized in the first quarter of fiscal 2016. The positive impact of these synergies to operating income was partially offset with investments in innovation, new product launches and supporting the growth of our brands.