Tyson Foods, founded in 1935, is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. We innovate continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, United States, the company has 139,000 team members. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members and serve as a steward of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.
Feeding the world with purpose
We’re passionate about food. We believe food is more than sustenance, it’s a vehicle for good. As we continue to grow, we’re embracing our responsibility to drive positive change, solve problems, and make the world a little better every day. Learn about the values that are key to who we are.
Where We Came From
At Tyson Foods, we maintain a strong connection with our past. We believe our past helps inform our future, ensuring the culture that carried us then continues to fortify us now.
The 1930s: Early Days
The Tyson Foods story begins during the Great Depression. In 1931, John W. Tyson moves his family to Springdale, Arkansas, in search of new opportunities. He finds them, thousands of them, all feathered and squawking. He begins delivering chickens to larger markets in the Midwest.
1940 — 1949: POST-WAR BOOM
Incorporation: Tyson Feed and Hatchery, Inc.
1950 — 1959: EXPANSION AND VERTICAL INTEGRATION
Don Joins the Company
First Major Expansion
First Processing Plant
1960 — 1969: GOING PUBLIC
Going Public: Tyson’s Foods, Inc.
Vision and Commitment
Change and Tragedy
1970 — 1979: NEW LOOK, NEW DIGS, SAME VALUES
New Corporate Offices
Company Name Changes: Tyson Foods, Inc.
Commitment to Community
1980 — 1989: LEAPS AND BOUNDS
Mexican Original Acquisition
On the World Stage
1990 — 1999: PASSING THE TORCH
Wray and Tollett
Passing the Torch
2010 — 2020: REACHING OUT AND BRANCHING OUT