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Reports: Tyson Foods In Talks to Buy Foster Farms for $2 Billion

Reports: Tyson Foods In Talks to Buy Foster Farms for $2 Billion

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Tyson Foods may be adding some additional poultry power to its playbook. According to sources in communication with CNBC, the protein processor has been in talks to purchase Foster Farms for around $2 billion. CNBC’s sources noted that pricing for the potential deal is the current point of contention between the two companies, and even if an agreement were to be reached, an acquisition would not be solidified for several weeks.

Tyson has been no stranger to major acquisitions in recent years. The company acquired McDonald's meat supplier Keystone Foods in December 2018 for $2.16 billion in a move that expanded the company’s global business. Tyson made moves to grow domestically with its 2014 acquisition of Jimmy Dean and Ball Park parent company, Hillshire Brands, for $7.7 billion.

Noel White, President and CEO, Tyson FoodsCEO Noel White commented on Tyson’s M&A strategy during the company's November earnings call: "We're forecasting about 90 percent of the growth in global protein demand will take place outside the United States. We do plan to participate in that demand growth...My priority is no different predecessors [which have been] grow our business in prepared foods, value-added products, and in the international market, simultaneously working to provide stability with more of the commodity portions of our business."

Tyson Foods has been in talks to purchase Foster Farms for around $2 billion

Foster Farms, founded in 1939 by Max and Verda Foster, operates farms in California, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon. In 2016, the company said goodbye to its Founders’ grandson, Ron Foster, and brought on new CEO Laura Flanagan, whose background includes leadership at ConAgra and PepsiCo.

Will this be one of 2019’s first major industry shakeups? Deli Market News will keep you updated.

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Tyson Foods, Inc., founded in 1935, is one of the world's largest producers of chicken, beef, pork, and prepared foods.

Since 1939, families have depended on Foster Farms for premium quality chicken products.

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