Tyson Foods ranked as 2019’s largest chicken processor in the U.S.

 September 14, 2020

Springdale-based Tyson Foods was king of United States broiler production in 2019. The company produced an average of 200.47 million pounds of ready-to-cook chicken each week.

Homegrown in Arkansas, Tyson Foods has evolved into a modern, protein-focused food company that produces one in five pounds of chicken, beef, and pork in the United States. The company encompasses several household brand names, including:

  • Jimmy Dean
  • Hillshire Farm
  • Ballpark
  • Wright
  • Aidell’s
  • State Fair

Tyson Foods wasn’t the only Arkansas company to make the list. George’s Inc., another Springdale-based processing company, ranked number nine with an average of 29.5 million pounds of ready-to-cook chicken produced each week.

Founded in the 1920s, George’s has grown into a major, fully integrated poultry operation. George’s is growing in five states, with four of the company’s eight operations located in Arkansas.

Learn more about the food processing industry in Arkansas.

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