Tyson Foods and Kemin open new operation

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tyson Foods, Inc. and Kemin Industries, Inc. announced the opening of a new manufacturing operation that is producing pet food flavour enhancers known as palatants under the Palasurance™ brand.

The manufacturing initiative is the result of an alliance Tyson and Kemin formed in 2008 to develop, manufacture, market and sell liquid and dry palatants to pet food companies. The goal is to provide cost competitive, high quality pet food palatants from the sourcing of ingredients to the food bowl.

The new palatant operation is housed at Tyson’s flagship animal protein facility in Scranton, Arkansas, which is centrally located to Tyson’s Arkansas chicken processing plants. Production began in March and will be a 24 hour operation supported by the Scranton staff and may require jobs to be added in the future. The Scranton facility employs 250 people.

The startup of this operation represented another milestone in the core strategy of increasing the value of by-products, said Leland Tollett, interim president and CEO of Tyson Foods. It also demonstrated Tyson’s continued commitment to the pet food industry.

The Scranton facility is located near several of the largest poultry processing plants, its says in a companys pressrelease. This gave excellent access to the fresh raw materials needed to manufacture high-performing palatants for some of North America’s largest pet food makers.

The strategic alliance offered Kemin customers a completely integrated, reliable and safe supply chain with complete product traceability, said Dr. Chris Nelson, president of Kemin Industries.

Kemin Industries, Inc. has been developing and manufacturing premium palatability enhancers for the pet food industry for 20 years. The company now has factories dedicated to Palasurance™ in the U.S., Brazil, and Europe.

Tyson Foods, Inc., founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is the world’s largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork.
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