Tyson Foods Accepts Invitation to Expand Chicken Production in Western Tennessee 

HUMBOLDT, Tenn., Nov. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN) has accepted the invitation of city, county and state leaders to build a new chicken production complex in the City of Humboldt, which is part of Gibson County in western Tennessee. The announcement was made this morning at a news conference hosted by Tennessee, Humboldt and Gibson County officials.


The $300 million project is expected to create more than 1,500 local jobs once the new complex begins operations in late 2019 and will help the company meet strong consumer demand for its chicken.

“This is an historic day for Humboldt, Gibson County and West Tennessee,” Humboldt Mayor Marvin Sikes said. “I want to thank Tyson Foods for their commitment to our community and region. The significant job creation and capital investment that will result from this project will have a positive impact on our community that will last for many years, and I could not be more excited about the future of Humboldt and Gibson County.”

“Many years of dedicated work from countless Gibson County citizens and volunteers have laid the foundation for the arrival of this day,” Gibson County Mayor Tom Witherspoon said. “There is not a doubt in my mind that Tyson Foods’ tremendous job creation and capital investment will have a long lasting, positive impact in Gibson County that will ring in a new era of economic growth bringing opportunity for all of our citizens.”

“Our company has been successfully producing chicken in Tennessee for more than 45 years, so we’re pleased to expand our presence in the state with this major investment,” said Doug Ramsey, group president of Poultry for Tyson Foods. “We’re grateful for the invitation to become part of Humboldt and Gibson County. The location is attractive to us because of the strong support we’ve received from state and local leaders, the existing industrial park and availability of labor, as well as access to feed grains produced in the region.”

Tyson Foods chose western Tennessee over potential sites in other states; however, company officials say some of those other sites will remain under consideration for future poultry production expansion. 

“I want to thank Tyson Foods for choosing Humboldt as the location for its new operations and for creating more than 1,500 new jobs in Gibson County,” Governor Bill Haslam said. “The new facility will be Tyson’s fifth location in Tennessee and it means a great deal that a company of this magnitude will continue to grow its footprint in our state. I appreciate Tyson for its continued commitment to Tennessee and for helping us become one step closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

This is the second major economic development project Tyson Foods has initiated in Tennessee this year. In August, the company announced an $84 million expansion of its Union City operations, which is expected to create about 300 jobs, which is in addition to the more than 1,000 jobs currently at the facility.

Including Union City, the company currently operates four facilities in the state, employing about 5,000 with an annual payroll of more than $181 million. In its 2016 fiscal year, Tyson Foods paid Tennessee farmers more than $61 million. The company estimates its total statewide annual impact for fiscal 2016, including payroll, grain purchases, utilities, property taxes and charitable contributions to be more than $313 million. 

About the Project
The new plant will produce pre-packaged trays of fresh chicken for retail grocery stores nationwide and is expected to process 1.25 million birds per week, increasing Tyson Foods’ overall production capacity by the same amount. The payroll and payments to farmers from the new operation, along with its purchase of grain and utilities, is expected to generate an annual economic benefit to the state of Tennessee of $150 million. 

A chicken complex is comprised of a processing plant, hatchery, a feed mill and related operations. Tyson Foods will build these in and around Humboldt. The plant will be located within the Gibson County Industrial Park, just north of Humboldt and the company will contract with area farmers to raise chickens. Outside contractors will help build the project; Tyson Foods expects it will involve hundreds of workers.

“This project will enable us to provide even more fresh chicken to consumers across the country,” said Tom Hayes, president and CEO of Tyson Foods. “As one of the world’s leading protein companies, we continue to raise the world’s expectations of how much good food can do.”

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About Tyson Foods, Inc.
Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE:TSN) is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp® and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company has 122,000 team members. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members and serve as a steward of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. Visit www.tysonfoods.com.

Forward-looking Statements
Certain information contained in the press release may constitute forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements relating to expected (i) consumer demand for certain products that we produce, (ii) construction expense and production timeframes and capacities, and (iii) labor and grain availabilities. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties which could cause our actual results and experiences to differ materially from the anticipated results and expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Among the factors that may cause actual results and experiences to differ from anticipated results and expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements those factors listed under Item 1A. “Risk Factors” included in our Annual Report filed on Form 10-K for the period ended September 30, 2017.

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Smithfield Foods Partners With Kroger to Donate Nearly 33,000 Pounds of Protein to Support Veteran Food Drive and Mid-South Food Bank

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Nov. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Smithfield Foods and Kroger joined forces to donate nearly 33,000 pounds of protein to the Mid-South community in Memphis. Equivalent to more than 130,000 servings, the donation supported more than 1,000 local veterans at a Thanksgiving food drive event. Following the event, remaining servings will continue to benefit those in need through the Mid-South Food Bank’s 31-county service area. The donation was part of Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes® initiative, a program focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure.

Smithfield Foods Helping Hungry Homes – Memphis, TN
Smithfield and Kroger Join Forces to Fight Hunger in Memphis with a Veteran Food Drive and Donation to Mid-South Food Bank
Helping Hungry Homes
Helping Hungry Homes® is Smithfield’s initiative focused on alleviating hunger across the country.

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“Protein, an important part to a balanced diet, is a resource that is difficult for food banks and so many of our neighbors in need to acquire,” said Estella Mayhue-Greer, president and CEO of Mid-South Food Bank. “We are thankful for Smithfield’s considerable donation, that will help us to serve nutrient-rich meals to thousands in our community for weeks to come.”

Smithfield presented the donation at a Thanksgiving food drive for local veterans at Liberty Bowl Stadium, in Memphis. The food drive was hosted by Kroger, the City of Memphis and Alpha Omega Veterans Services. The event provided Thanksgiving care packages to more than 1,000 local veterans, and raised awareness of hunger’s impact in the Mid-South community. During the event, Mayor Jim Strickland, Smithfield and Kroger discussed the significance of protein donations in helping to support 20 percent of Mid-South community members who face food insecurity each day.

“At Kroger, we’re honored to give back to the communities we call home,” said Scot Hendricks, president of Kroger Delta Division and Mid-South Food Bank board member. “This season is a time to give thanks, and we’re incredibly thankful for great partners like Smithfield, who help make our purpose to Feed the Human SpiritTM possible.”

Throughout its 2017 Helping Hungry Homes® tour, Smithfield will make large-scale protein donations to more than 60 food banks across the country. Since 2011, Smithfield has provided more than 80 million servings of protein to hunger relief organizations through this initiative. Smithfield’s donation to the Mid-South community also aligns with the company’s philanthropic efforts, which include supporting hunger-relief and veterans’ causes among other areas of focus.

“As a global food company, we value our responsibility to provide hunger relief for those who otherwise may not know where their next meal will come from,” said Dennis Pittman, senior director of hunger relief for Smithfield Foods. “We hope this contribution to the community will inspire others to support their neighbors in need during the holidays, when donations are especially impactful, and year-round.”

For more information about Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® initiative and a list of upcoming donation events, visit helpinghungryhomes.com.

About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield, Eckrich, Nathan’s Famous, Farmland, Armour, John Morrell, Cook’s, Kretschmar, Gwaltney, Curly’s, Margherita, Carando, Healthy Ones, Krakus, Morliny and Berlinki. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com.

About Mid-South Food Bank
The Mission of Mid-South Food Bank is to change lives by eliminating hunger in the Mid-South.  We distribute food through a network of partner food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, youth programs and more in 31 counties in west Tennessee, north Mississippi and east Arkansas.  Last year, Mid-South Food Bank distributed more than 13 million pounds of food to hungry Mid-Southerners. 

About Kroger
Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to our 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 220 retail health clinics, 1,445 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable

Media Contacts:

Dalton Agency for Smithfield
Jana Beasley
(904) 534-8568
  Mid-South Food Bank
Marcia Wells
(901) 405-0073
Teresa Dickerson
(901) 581-4713

Chocolates in Time for Winter Holidays! Nutritional High’s FLI Chocolate Products Launched in Colorado

TORONTO, Nov. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nutritional High International Inc. (the “Company” or “Nutritional High“) (CSE:EAT) (OTCQB:SPLIF) (FRANKFURT:2NU) is pleased to announce that Palo Verde has manufactured and sold its first run of FLI marijuana-infused chocolates.  FLI chocolates are now on sale at Natures Herbs and Wellness dispensary locations throughout Colorado and will be on the shelves of additional dispensaries in short order.

Palo Verde, Nutritional High’s Colorado tenant, produced two flavors of chocolate bars developed by Nutritional High – Premium Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Sea Salt.  Each bar is 3.5oz and contains ten servings each containing 10mg of THC, totaling 100mg of THC per bar.  Over the next ten days, Palo Verde will follow-up with production runs of Nutritional High’s FLI branded Milk Chocolate Caramel bars and FLI branded Dark Chocolate Blueberry bars.   

Jim Frazier, CEO of Nutritional High commented: “Our successful research and development efforts have yielded a marijuana-infused chocolate bar which will serve as our flagship edible product in Colorado and elsewhere.  When I joined Nutritional High last year, it was with the intention of combining my 20 plus years in chocolate manufacturing with Nutritional High’s leading cannabis extraction capabilities and I am proud of our development team and the Palo Verde staff for developing edible products which will set a new standard for quality and dosing at cost effective pricing.”

Over the coming months, Palo Verde will introduce several additional Nutritional High developed FLI edible product lines including chocolate truffles, gummies, chocolate covered fruits, blueberries, cranberries and nuts, which will come in milk and dark chocolate varieties and several innovative edible product concepts not presently available in the Colorado market. Subsequently, Nutritional High expects to launch FLI edible products in California, Washington State, Oregon and elsewhere. 

Palo Verde staff is currently in the process of calibrating a chocolate enrober to fit the product to desired specifications. An enrober is a machine used in the confectionery industry to coat a food item with chocolate, which Nutritional High has leased to Palo Verde. This technology has revolutionized the confectionary industry and gave rise to mass manufacturing of confectionary products that use cocoa as the base. The capacity of the enrober at Nutritional High’s Pueblo facility is estimated at 400 – 700 pounds of chocolate per hour, which provides a strong capacity to address the growing demand for gourmet edible products in the State of Colorado.

About Nutritional High International Inc.

Nutritional High is focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing premium and consistently dosed products in the cannabis-infused products industry, including edibles and oil extracts for nutritional, medical and adult recreational use. The Company works exclusively through licensed facilities in jurisdictions where such activity is permitted and regulated by state law. 

For updates on the Company’s activities and highlights of the Company’s press releases and other media coverage, please follow Nutritional High on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ or visit www.nutritionalhigh.com.

For further information, please contact:

David Posner, Chairman of the Board
Nutritional High International Inc.
Email: dposner@nutritionalhigh.com  


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