Tyson to build six new chicken plants in Asia

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Tyson Foods has announced it will build six new chicken processing plants in Asia. The company sets to expand its global protein production capacity and invest over USD 1.3 billion in automation to meet soaring demand.

A growing world population, especially in Asia, has boosted demand for meat and poultry as well as plant-based proteins – prompting focus on new opportunities in the market. Combined with shipping and logistics headwinds caused by Covid-19, high demand for meat has also been a driver in rising global food prices. New plants in Asia could possibly cut down these impacts and contribute to better price landscapes.

Sights like this in meat processing factories will disappear if companies such as Tyson move towards more automated processing, significantly reducing manual labor.

Higher yield reduced labor via automation

Tyson is also actively investing in automation over the next three years to increase yields and reduce labor costs. Tight labor markets are also contributing factors for higher costs for meat companies, hence automation will take over roles formerly done by human workers, the company said.

The company added that between 2020 and 2030, 92% of protein growth will come outside of North America, with 64% of that from Asia.

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Joint-Editor, Asian Meat Magazine and Meat Insider, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Rajeswari (Rush) analysed how the meat sector innovated itself via multiple ways in 'Sustainability, health drive the new Asian consumer’.