Tyson Foods, Inc. announced on Thursday a definitive agreement to acquire the Thai and European operations of BRF S.A. The $340-million purchase includes four processing facilities in Thailand, one processing facility in the Netherlands and one processing facility in the United Kingdom, the company announced in a news release.
The purchase stands behind Tyson’s belief that the company’s biggest growth opportunities are in value-added foods and international markets. Tyson’s purchase of Keystone Foods on Nov. 30 provided the company with a scalable production platform in the Asian poultry market, says Noel White, president and CEO of Tyson Foods.
“The acquisition of these BRF facilities will help complement and strengthen our presence in Thailand, and provide new capabilities in Europe, enhancing our ability to serve growing global demand for value-added protein,” White says.
The vertically integrated poultry operations in Thailand include a feed mill, hatchery, breeder farms and contract growing operations supplying live birds for the four poultry processing facilities. These four plants produce a wide range of fresh and frozen, value-added raw and fully cooked poultry products including highly specialized cuts for retail and foodservice customers throughout Asia and other export markets, including Europe.
The processing locations in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom are supported by in-house innovation capabilities for developing further-processed chicken products for retail and foodservice customers throughout Europe.
“It’s estimated that approximately 90 percent of global protein consumption growth will occur outside the United States, with 60 percent of the volume growth coming from Asia over the next 5 years,” says Donnie King, group president of International for Tyson Foods. “Increasing our international footprint with in-country operations and export capabilities will help Tyson Foods strategically access new markets and better serve the growing global demand for our value-added protein.”