Promoting Health and Nutrition and Providing Specialty Products
Health and wellness are important to our customers and consumers. We make a variety of food products that deliver on taste, nutrition, and convenience that can fit into any lifestyle. One important aspect of serving consumers’ needs in this area is appropriate labeling of products and ingredients. We’re committed to ensuring our products are packaged and labeled according to our high standards and meet government regulations.
No Antibiotics Ever
Our NatureRaised Farms® brand offers products from animals that are fed a 100% vegetarian diet, never given antibiotics and are 100% natural (minimally processed with no artificial ingredients). Our Open Prairie Natural Angus® brand products are created from animals that are raised without added hormones or antibiotics. Additionally, our Aidells® brand offers a variety of premium sausages for consumers with gourmet flavors, some of which contain no preservatives, no nitrites, and are from animals that have never been given antibiotics or added hormones.*
As part of our continuing efforts to provide healthful food options to meet consumers’ and our customers’ needs, we’re focused on ways to limit the use of sodium in our products without significantly affecting flavor or compromising food safety.
Gluten Free Products
Consumers with celiac disease, gluten intolerance or a wheat allergy can trust Tyson® gluten free chicken nuggets and breast strips to deliver on flavor and convenience. Both products are certified gluten free, 100% all natural (minimally processed with no artificial ingredients), contain no preservatives or fillers, and are made with white meat chicken. In addition, to our gluten free protein products, we offer waffles, pancakes, French toast sticks, cereals and more, that are gluten free, include whole grains and meet the growing need for expanding nutritional options.
Partially Hydrogenated Oils
We’ve been working over the past several years to reduce the use of partially hydrogenated oil (PHO) in our products. We also comply with the Food and Drug Administration's rules and regulations regarding their use.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released in January 2016. The guidance comes every five years and is the backbone of all federal feeding programs, such as the National School Lunch, Head Start, and Adult Feeding programs. It’s also used as a resource for health professionals and policymakers. The new guidelines reaffirmed the role of lean meat and poultry in a healthy diet.
2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans reaffirm the role of lean meat and poultry in a healthy diet.
The dietary guidelines are intended to help Americans choose foods that help maintain health. As noted in the guidelines, people eat foods and nutrients in combination, not isolation; so it makes sense that the focus of this release of the guidelines is on overall eating patterns. Healthy eating patterns include protein foods from both plant and animal sources. As noted in the key recommendations, “a variety of protein foods,” includes lean meat and poultry, seafood, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), and nuts, seeds, and soy products, and all offer important sources of nutrients, in addition to protein. Lean protein provides nutrients, including amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, that help keep us strong and healthy at all ages
We provide a variety of protein choices for all meal and snack occasions to support healthy eating patterns. Following healthy eating patterns is vital to health. We believe the key to a healthy lifestyle includes a balanced diet with a variety of foods in sensible amounts and regular physical activity across the lifespan.
Stepping Up For Back-To-School
The combination of Tyson Foods and Hillshire Brands in August 2014 created a single company with a portfolio that includes recognized brands, such as Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Ball Park®, State Fair®, Sara Lee® and Bosco’s®. We put our hearts into creating the safest, most wholesome products available, including those we make for our Tyson Food Service K12 school business.
- 31 products meet USDA’s “Smart Snacks in Schools” regulations
- More than 280 products meet specific school nutrition regulations for fat, sodium, and calorie content
- 46 Kid Tested, Kid Approved™ products
- 125 K12 products carry the Whole Grain Stamp from the Whole Grain Council
- 112 products eligible for federal funds reimbursement for schools and meet school lunch nutrition standards through 2022
At the close of the 2014-2015 school year, our customers gained two new reasons to partner with Tyson Food Service K12.
We remain an active, longtime sponsor and Patron 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.
Giving Back to K12
In March 2015, we presented a $55,000 check to the Samaritan Community Center in Springdale, Arkansas, to support its SnackPacks for Kids program. The SnackPacks for Kids program supports approximately 7,500 children – early childhood through high school – in 120 schools across Benton, Washington, Carroll, and Madison counties. In July, we awarded $20,000 worth of grants to seven deserving school districts at the School Nutrition Association’s Annual National Conference. Following the conference, our K12 team volunteered at the Utah Food Bank to help unload a truckload of our products that we donated.