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Tyson Foods buys one of top organic chicken brands

On June 4, Tyson Foods announced its purchase of Tecumseh Poultry LLC. The purchase announced includes the air-chilled Smart Chicken, according to a Tyson press release.

 Tecumseh Poultry was founded in 1998 and produces air-chilled, fresh chicken, as well as deli-style chicken and a variety of chicken sausages. The air-chilling process involves using cold air to cool chicken during processing, while the most common method used by the U.S. chicken industry is water-chilling. Both methods are monitored by USDA inspectors and are considered safe.

The company’s operations include two plants located in Tecumseh and Waverly, Nebraska, as well as company-owned farms. Tyson currently plans to operate Tecumseh Poultry as a separate, wholly owned subsidiary and expects to retain its approximately 600 team members, including operations staff, sales teams and management. A company spokesman noted that Tyson will continue to work with Tecumseh’s contract farmers.

 “This is a well-run company with a solid customer base that’s earned consumer loyalty. We’re excited for Tecumseh to continue to produce quality chicken while providing the business the scale and resources it needs to continue growing,” said Doug Ramsey, group president of Poultry for Tyson Foods. “Customers should continue to work with existing contacts.”

Tyson Foods also produces organic products under its NatureRaised Farms and Aidells brands.