By Olivia Bellon, Midan Marketing
Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods has announced the formation of the Portioned Protein Innovations (PPI) Team.
Tyson Fresh Meats has seen steady growth in the value-added and case-ready categories and formalized the PPI team to meet the growing needs of customers in these categories. The team is led by Nate Hodne, senior vice president of PPI at Tyson Fresh Meats, and consists of sales and operations employees based across the nation.
Tyson has multiple facilities producing PPI products, including: three case ready facilities in Sherman, Texas, Goodlettsville, Tenn., and Council Bluffs, Iowa; two portion-cutting facilities in Chicago and Jacksonville, Fla.; and a value-added plant in Emporia, Kan. The news of an additional case ready plant being built in Salt Lake City, Utah, was also released this year and is set to launch in 2021.
The Portioned Protein Innovations Team is comprised of the following departments:
• Innovation & Growth Business led by Ryan Vessell
• Operations led by Mark Gordon
• Value Added led by Kevin Younger
• Case Ready led by Jason Robertson
• Shared Services Support led by John McKeone, Jeff Lickfelt and Mark King
The primary goal of the PPI team is to bring innovative solutions to customers and consumers, specifically in meeting the growing demand for portioned proteins that provide function and convenience for consumers today. The team specializes in further-processed items for both retail and foodservice, including innovative packaging solutions, ground beef production, protein portioning, and seasoned and marinated products.
For more information, visit https://www.tysonfreshmeats.com/.