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·         Tyson Foods Completes Acquisition of Keystone Foods

·         Tyson Foods to test opposed-piston technology engine



Tyson Foods Completes Acquisition of Keystone Foods

Purchase supports Tyson Foods’ valued-added and international growth strategies


Source: Tyson Foods, Inc.

via Globe Newswire - November 30, 2018


SPRINGDALE, Ark., Nov. 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) has successfully completed the acquisition of Keystone Foods from Marfrig Global Foods. The purchase of Keystone, a leading supplier of chicken, beef, fish and pork to the growing global foodservice industry, aligns with Tyson Foods’ domestic and international growth strategy.


“Our biggest growth opportunities are in value-added foods and international markets. Our acquisition of Keystone helps us achieve both,” said Noel White, president and CEO of Tyson Foods. “The addition of Keystone’s  team, industry expertise and international operations strengthens our capabilities. I’m pleased to welcome our newest team members to the Tyson Foods family.”


This acquisition involves eight plants and three innovation centers in China, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and Australia that will help meet growing international demand. Tyson Foods also is gaining an innovation center and six processing plants in the U.S. with locations in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Keystone supplies chicken, beef, fish and pork to some of the world’s leading quick-service restaurant chains, as well as retail and convenience store channels. Its value-added product portfolio includes such items as chicken nuggets, wings and tenders; beef patties; and breaded fish fillets.


“We’ll work to make the integration of Keystone as seamless as possible while maintaining  high levels of service to our customers,” White said. “An Integration Management Office has been formed with leaders from both companies who will lead us through the process. I look forward to all we can accomplish together as one Tyson Foods.”


About Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp® and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates 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, the company had 121,000 team members at September 29, 2018. 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. Visit


Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding expected benefits of the Keystone Foods acquisition, including the strategic benefits, growth, and integration efficiencies, each of which involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the impact of general economic, industry, market or political conditions; risks related to the ultimate outcome and results of integrating the Keystone Foods operations; the ultimate ability to realize synergies; the effects of the business combination on Tyson Foods and the Keystone Foods operations, including on the combined company’s future financial condition and performance, operating results, strategy and plans. These statements constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The words “will,” “should,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “believe” and other similar expressions (or the negative of such terms) are intended to identify forward-looking statements. If underlying assumptions prove inaccurate or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results and the timing of events may differ materially from the results and/or timing discussed in the forward-looking statements, and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this communication, and Tyson Foods does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement except as required by law.


Tyson Foods Contacts

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Tyson Foods to test opposed-piston technology engine


Brian Straight, Freight Waves

November 30, 2018


With recent news that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to address oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions from heavy-duty trucks, it is timely that a demonstrator program is working toward developing an alternative combustion engine that would meet a potentially lower limit.


The Achates Power program, managed by CALSTART and partially funded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), has developed an opposed-piston (OP) engine that program organizers say will reduce NOx levels to 90% of current standards. Current NOx levels are set at 0.20 g/bhp-hr., and CARB and others are pushing the EPA to lower that level by – surprisingly, 90%.


Regardless of what the final levels are set at, the Achates program has picked up another test fleet in Tyson Foods, which plans to deploy an OP engine-equipped tractor in a feasibility study early next year. The pilot, expected to last into the second quarter of 2020, will delivery customer shipments from Tyson’s Tolleson, AZ, facility, throughout California, explains Rob Lyall, vice president of transportation.


“We actively research emerging motor technologies to further reduce freight costs and lessen our environmental footprint,” Lyall tells FreightWaves. “The 15% reduced CO2 emissions and 90% NOx emission reductions of the Achates Power opposed-piston engine are promising features for an engine that has potential to meet the needs of our fleet.”


According to Achates, its OP technology utilizes “two pistons per cylinder, working in opposite reciprocating action, these engines do not need cylinder heads which are a major contributor to heat losses in conventional engines. Ports in the cylinder walls replace the complex poppet valves and friction-creating valve trains of conventional engines. The intake ports at one end of the cylinder and exhaust ports at the other are opened by the piston motion and enable efficient uniflow air scavenging.”


While Tyson is always looking for technologies that could help it meet its 30 by 30 environmental target (30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030), the size and scope of the fleet is a concern when considering alternative power engines, Lyall notes.


The company is also launching a test of an all-electric terminal tractor.


“While fuel efficiency and emission reduction are the primary performance factors of this pilot, we’re also interested in comparing this technology to current internal combustion engine technology,” Lyall says. “Our long-term goal is to stay on the leading edge of motor technologies that increase engine performance while minimalizing maintenance requirements. These are two factors that can impact total freight costs.”


The Achates Power engine project is being funded with a $7M grant awarded by CARB. It calls for the development of two Achates Power OP engines into two separate Class 8 trucks to be operational by 2020. Tyson will be trialing one of those and Walmart the other. Tyson’s engine will be inputted into a Peterbilt 579 (NASDAQ: PCAR) model built specifically for the Achates engine.


“Performance and efficiency are primary factors we will be evaluating through the pilot project,” Lyall points out...