SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Tyson Foods Inc. named six companies as winners of Tyson's ninth annual Supplier of the Year awards program.

The awards presentation was made at a luncheon held at Tyson Foods headquarters in Springdale, Ark. The winners were chosen based on supply-chain performance, total cost of ownership, pricing programs, customer-service performance, sustainability initiatives and other performance metrics observed throughout the year.

BJK Flexible Packaging, Elanco and Pepper Source Ltd. were each honored as “Supplier of the Year.” BJK is a leading maker of film and bags for packaging, Elanco is a global animal health company and Pepper Source is a sauce supplier.

Gleeson Constructors & Engineers and Hi-Plains Millwright & Supply were honored as “Contractors of the Year” for their service in the Poultry & Prepared Foods and Fresh Meats divisions. Tyson recognized IsoAge Technologies as “Advancing Food Safety Supplier of the Year” for its work to improve the shelf-life of fresh, foodservice chicken.