Ensuring the safety and quality of our food products is only one aspect of our commitment to “feeding our families, the nation, and the world with trusted food products.”  We recognize health and wellness are also important to our customers and consumers, and there is growing interest in issues such as childhood obesity, weight control, and heart health. As such, we are committed to providing food products that contribute to a healthy lifestyle and offer great taste and convenience for our customers and consumers.

Our Corporate Nutrition Team
Our corporate-based Nutrition Team, which includes both registered dietitians and advanced practice nutrition technicians, creates and maintains nutrition data for our products. This team assures our company’s compliance for nutrition labeling, provides nutritional guidance during new product development, creates and maintains child nutrition summaries for school lunch and government feeding programs, and tracks current and emerging nutrition policies and trends. We continue to follow the proposed regulations regarding gluten-free and menu labeling. Our Nutrition Team provides responses to customer and consumer inquiries regarding nutritional guidance, potential allergens, and ingredient information.

Tyson Foods initially developed consumer product nutrition guidelines in 2005, with an emphasis on the protein contribution to the meal. These guidelines have been reviewed and updated with the release of the 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Our nutrition guidelines assist in developing and marketing new products to be nutritionally responsible.

Our Registered Dietitians are active members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education, and advocacy. Learn more about the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at

Tyson Foods offers a wide range of protein choices that includes fresh and marinated chicken; beef and pork products; canned chicken; and fully cooked products to meet the needs of today’s consumers, including those watching their intake of calories, sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat. The Nutrition Facts Panel on our retail packages provides information for consumers to help them make healthful choices. As required, the panel offers details about such things as the fat, sodium, calorie, and carbohydrate levels of our products. Below are examples of products that offer customers and consumers more healthful food options.

Tyson® Lightly Breaded Fully Cooked Breaded Chicken Breast Strips 100% All Natural*
We are responding to customer and consumer demand for all natural foods with no artificial ingredients and no preservatives. For example, our Tyson® Lightly Breaded Chicken Breast Strips are made with white meat, contain no preservatives, and are 100% All Natural. In addition, these strips contain 65-percent less breading, 50-percent less fat, zero grams of trans fat, and 40-percent fewer calories.

*Minimally processed. No artificial ingredients.

Reducing Sodium
Recognizing that many of our consumers are actively engaged in preventing and managing health conditions, Tyson Foods is committed to providing food solutions to help meet their goals. As part of our continuing efforts to provide healthful food options, we have a corporate-wide initiative focused on ways to limit the use of sodium in our meat and poultry products without significantly impacting flavor or compromising food safety. This initiative includes the use of tools to help formulate new and existing products that support our position on health and wellness and sodium reduction. In addition, we are working with our Food Service customers to provide lower sodium products to help with their menu planning.

Tyson® Whole Grain Fully Cooked Breaded Chicken Breast Chunks Whole Grain
Tyson Foods recently launched its fully cooked Whole Grain Breaded Chicken Breast Chunks. In addition to eight grams of whole grain per serving, these chunks are made with white meat, contain no preservatives, are 100% All Natural, and contain zero grams of trans fat. According to the Whole Grain Council, health experts advise that grains are a healthy necessity in every diet. Whole grains have some valuable antioxidants not found in fruits and vegetables, and medical evidence suggest whole grains reduce risks of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity.

Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Products
One of Tyson Foods’ fastest growing product lines in fiscal years 2011 and 2012 was Grilled & Ready® Chicken. Strips, diced, chunks, or whole breasts, plain or seasoned – all Tyson® Grilled & Ready products are a great source of lean protein and the perfect cornerstone for a healthy meal. For example, Tyson Foods’ recipe for Lemon Dijon Chicken made with Grilled & Ready Fully Cooked Frozen Chicken Breast Fillets contains 150 calories, five grams of fat, 25 grams of protein, two grams of carbohydrates, and 330 milligrams of sodium per serving. The recipe is available at Grilled and Ready Chicken offers a number of features for people wanting to quickly and easily prepare a healthy meal, including fewer calories, lower sodium amounts, and less fat than many entrée choices in this category.

Kid Tested Kid Approved™ Logo Whole Grain Tempura Nuggets Crispitos® Pepperoni Filled Tortillas Chicken Pepperoni Proportion® Southern Breaded Chicken Proportion® Oven Roasted Chicken Hot & Spicy Grilled Breast Fillet Whole Muscle, Lightly Glazed, Crispy Chicken Nugget Tyson Foods Steps Up For Back-To-School
At Tyson Foods, we put our hearts into creating the safest, most wholesome products available, including those we produce for our Food Service K12 school business. The fall of 2012 brought forth new government nutrition standards for schools. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 marks the most comprehensive changes to school nutrition in more than 15 years. Enacted by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the purpose of the act is to ensure school breakfast and lunch programs offer healthy food options that align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, while creating an environment that encourages students to make healthy meal choices. Key nutritional changes introduced with this act include:

  • An increase in fruits and vegetables
  • An increase in whole grains
  • Reduced sodium
  • Minimum and maximum calorie levels
  • Limits on trans fats and saturated fats

Many of the new recommendations will be implemented during the 2012 and 2013 school year, with the remaining recommendations staged for implementation over the next few years.

All of Tyson Foods’ school foodservice products contain zero grams of man-made trans fat per serving. We also have a product development platform that ensures fat, sodium, and calories are in compliance with the nutrition standards. In addition, we know kids crave foods that look and taste familiar. Through our Tyson® Kid Tested, Kid Approved™ product program, we taste test new products with students to get their feedback. With the assistance of a third-party agency, we find schools willing to participate in product taste testing. We test our products with a geographically diverse sample of no less than 500 students. To be awarded the Tyson® Kid Tested, Kid Approved trademark, a product must receive an approval rating of 80 percent or above from students. Products that do not receive a rating of 80 percent or above go back to our Research and Development team for additional changes. This proven process allows us to offer kid-endorsed products to help increase each school’s average daily participation in their meal program. We currently offer 36 chicken, beef, and pork food products that are Kid Tested, Kid Approved products.

In July 2012, we launched nine new products that not only meet the new nutritional regulations but also maintain good taste. We are continuously working to develop new products that meet the new USDA regulations and plan to have additional products available early in 2013. For example, we are currently moving forward with the removal of egg, a listed allergen, from our K-12 products. Examples of new products we launched in fiscal year 2012 for the K12 program are listed below.

  • We introduced two new pizza products for school menus including Crispitos® Pepperoni Filled Tortillas and an industry first: Chicken Pepperoni. Our Chicken Pepperoni contains 55 percent less fat than regular pepperoni, 38 percent less sodium, 33 percent fewer calories, and no food allergens. Tyson Foods’ Crispitos Pepperoni Filled Tortillas are whole-grain rich, reduced-sodium tortillas stuffed with chicken pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, and seasoned marinara that are easy to prepare.
  • Our Food Service K-12 team introduced two new Proportion® Chicken products including Southern Breaded and Oven Roasted Chicken. Our Southern Breaded Chicken offers more servings per case and a lower price per serving, thus producing less waste and more savings. Each fully cooked cut is packed in a separate, easily identifiable bag for convenience. One thigh alone contains 27 grams of protein and the crisp, delicious breading contains no milk allergens. Tyson Foods’ Oven Roasted Chicken also features new waste-reducing packaging and one breast contains 14 grams of protein, while one thigh contains 26 grams. This product contains no soy.
  • Our Food Service K-12 team introduced five new Handheld Chicken products for school menus including:
    • Whole Grain Tempura Nuggets that offer the popular tempura breading everyone loves with eight grams of whole grain per serving.
    • A Hot & Spicy Grilled Breast Fillet that is a Kid Tested, Kid Approved product, contains no food allergens or gluten-containing ingredients, and offers 23 grams of protein per serving.
    • Our Homestyle Breaded Boneless Wings are made with whole muscle, all-white breast meat and have a made-from-scratch appearance.
    • A Golden Crispy Pattie that is a Kid Tested, Kid Approved product and offers 14 grams of whole grains in a single serving.
    • A Lighter. Better. Nugget. made from whole muscle and lightly glazed to provide a crispy nugget that has better nutritional values.

You can learn more about these and other products that are part of our K-12 program at

Whole Grains Council Stamp Tyson Foods has been a member of the Whole Grain Council (WGC) since 2006. The WGC is a nonprofit consumer advocacy group working to increase consumption of whole grains for better health. The WGC's many initiatives encourage manufacturers to create delicious whole grain products, help consumers to find whole grain foods and understand their health benefits, and help the media to write accurate, compelling stories about whole grains. Tyson Foods currently has 22 K-12 products that carry the Whole Grain Stamp from the WGC. By incorporating whole grain breading in our products, it is easier for children to increase whole grain intake as encouraged by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines. Learn more about the Whole Grains Council.

USDA Commodities Logo In addition to our product development efforts, Tyson Foods also works closely with the USDA Commodity Program and the USDA agencies at the federal and state level through the Food & Nutrition Services, Farm Service Agency, Agriculture Marketing Service, and Food Safety Inspection Service, along with state distributing agencies through state and regional offices, to ensure safe, healthy, and high-quality foods for school nutrition programs. These efforts have also brought more efficient and economical solutions to school nutrition programs. Of our current products that are eligible for federal-funds reimbursement, approximately 96 percent meet the new caloric, lower sodium, and meat/meat alternate requirements. For more information, visit the USDA Food and Nutrition Service homepage.

School Nutrition Association Logo We are also an active, longtime sponsor and elected board member of the School Nutrition Association, a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. Specifically, the association ensures all children have access to healthful school meals and nutrition education by:

  • Providing members with education and training;
  • Setting standards through certification and credentialing;
  • Gathering and transmitting regulatory, legislative, industry, nutritional, and other types of information related to school nutrition; and
  • Representing the nutritional interests of all children.

To assure that our sales and marketing professionals are well entrenched in the school foodservice world, nine of our School Food Service Team Members have earned School Nutrition Specialist credentials through the rigorous SNA operator credentialing examination. Learn more about the School Nutrition Association. We also offer school foodservice training through Tyson University™ training. Tyson University training is a multiple-day learning experience featuring accredited training courses and school foodservice specific curriculum. Tyson University training covers various topics such as commodity processing, wellness, nutrition, procurement, operations, and management for school foodservice decisions makers.

Students at Los Angeles Unified School District In September 2011, Tyson Food Service became an integral partner with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in a campaign called “I’M IN.” The campaign is an all-inclusive program designed to raise awareness about healthy meals to help fight childhood obesity, encourage student attendance, and prevent dropout. Tyson Food Service is working in conjunction with the LAUSD food procurement and culinary team to help develop new school lunch menu items designed to enhance the student dining experience, while adhering to the health-conscious goals of the campaign.

Tyson® products are perfect for school breakfast, lunch, and snack programs. It is the objective and desire of Tyson Foods’ School Food Service team to ensure our company is an industry leader in nutrition, not just for good sales and market share, but because it’s the right thing to do and is part of our company’s purpose: Making Great Food. Making A Difference.

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