Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Online Only

February 3, 2013

Tyson says consumers may be shifting to chicken from beef

CHICAGO — Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S. meat processor, said Friday that consumers may be shifting toward buying chicken and away from red meat after the price of beef rose at a faster pace.

Consumers feeling the pressure from increases in payroll taxes and gasoline prices are "eating different meat" rather than less of it, Chief Executive Officer Donnie Smith said during a conference call with analysts Friday.

"What we're beginning to think is that with all of these pressures on consumers today, maybe we are now seeing a legitimate shift from red meat proteins into chicken," he said.

Beef prices have risen for several years as higher feed costs and the recent U.S. drought reduced the cattle herd. Smith's comments may show that the move away from beef, which has been predicted for years, is perhaps finally happening, JPMorgan Chase said in a note.

Sales climbed 0.9 percent to $8.4 billion, trailing the $8.61 billion average of 12 estimates. Full-year revenue will be about $35 billion, compared with the $34.6 billion average of 13 estimates.

Domestic protein production will fall by about 1 percent in Tyson's current fiscal year as drought conditions cut grain supplies, the company forecast. Cattle supplies may decline 2 percent to 3 percent.

Tyson said it will pay about $600 million more for chicken feed in the period. It predicted chicken and hog supplies will be little changed.

 While the beef unit accounted for 40 percent of Tyson's sales in the last financial year, it contributed 17 percent of operating profit, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Chicken made up 34 percent of revenue and 35 percent of operating income. Tyson also processes pork.

The company is working on expanding its range of processed chicken products and items for convenience stores, Smith said on a separate call with reporters.

Tyson may look at smaller so-called bolt-on acquisitions, Smith said on the media call. When asked to comment on whether Tyson is interested in purchasing Hillshire Brands Co., Smith said no. Asked to clarify if Smith meant he had no comment or no interest, he said "a little bit of both."

 

1
Text Only
Online Only
Featured Ads
Mineral Wells Index


Click on a photo to visit our SmugMug page

Front page
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Must Read