Keurig Dr Pepper lands Tyson Foods’ alternative protein executive


By Erica Shaffer, Meat+Poultry



BURLINGTON, MASS. and PLANO, TEXAS – Justin Whitmore, executive vice president of alternative proteins at Tyson Foods Inc., will join the c-suite at Keurig Dr Pepper as Chief Strategy Officer effective March 1. In his new role with the international beverage company, Whitmore will lead enterprise strategy work, including mergers and acquisitions, and corporate partnerships.


Whitmore joined Tyson Foods in 2017 as executive vice president, corporate strategy, and the company’s first chief sustainability officer. In September 2019, John R. Tyson was appointed chief sustainability officer and Whitmore focused his full attention to leading the company’s alternative protein business as executive vice president of alternative proteins.


During Whitmore’s tenure, Tyson Foods invested in cultured meat producers Future Meat Technologies and Memphis Meat, Beyond Meat, maker of the plant-based Beyond Burger and Tovala, which makes steam-based ovens and markets them with meal kit subscription services...