Tyson's 'Core 9' continues to grow

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BOSTON – Tyson Foods’ “Core 9” retail packaged product lines, which feature the Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells and State Fair brands, continue to grow and gain momentum, according to a report from Tom Hayes, Tyson Foods’ president, at the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference Sept. 8.

Tom Hayes
Tom Hayes, Tyson Foods president 

“The investments we made in the Core 9 to spur volume growth are generating returns,” Hayes said. “We continue to outpace retail food and beverage. Tyson Core 9 is leading in volume performance among the top 10 consumer packaged goods retail food manufacturers, and Tyson Foods is one of only three companies to show growth in the latest quarter.  We’re growing sales volume, sales dollar sales, and market share,” he said.

Executives from Tyson, including Hayes and CEO Donnie Smith, told investors at the Barclays conference that the company is producing higher, more stable earnings and sales volume growth.

Donnie Smith, Tyson
Donnie Smith, Tyson Foods CEO 

“As stated on our last earnings call, our adjusted earnings guidance for fiscal 2016 of $4.40-4.50 per share is 40 percent more than last year and represents a four-year compound annual growth rate of approximately 22 percent, and we’re confident we can achieve high single digit growth in fiscal 2017,” Smith said.

Smith told investors that Tyson Foods’ shareholders have seen increasing dividends and share repurchases totaling 31 million shares in the previous 12 months through Aug. 8. “Beyond dividends and share buybacks, we’ll use our substantial cash flows to invest in our business or make strategic acquisitions,” he said.

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