Tyson – new Group Vice President and alliance with Kemin

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Friday, January 11, 2008

Tyson Foods, Inc. announced the new Group Vice President of consumer products and formed a strategic alliance with Kemin Industries, Inc.

Donnie Smith, a long-time senior executive of Tyson Foods, assumes this new position immediately, lending his considerable industry experience and leadership abilities to Tyson’s consumer products team.

Smith, who has been part of the Tyson team since 1980 in a wide variety of key roles, has most recently been Group Vice President of logistics and operations services for Tyson.

Scott McNair is leaving the head position in Tyson consumer products and will be joining The Schwan Food Company, while Hal Carper, Senior Vice President of corporate research and development, will assume most of Smith’s previous duties.

Apart from this, Kemin Industries, Inc. and Tyson Foods, Inc. have formed a strategic alliance to develop, manufacture, market and sell liquid and dry flavor-enhancers known as palatants, to the North American pet food market.

Both Kemin and Tyson will be involved in the research and development of the palatants. Tyson will manufacture the products from raw materials supplied by the company’s chicken, beef and pork plants. The Kemin Palasurance technisales team will market the products under the PalasuranceTM and Topnotes® brands to major pet food companies.

The alliance will cover the United States, Canada and Mexico with an option to collaborate in other areas of the world in the future.

Founded in 1961, Kemin provides health and nutritional solutions to the agrifoods, food ingredients, pet food and human health and pharmaceutical industries.

Tyson Foods, founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is the world’s largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500.