“People want protein, so whether it’s animal-based protein or plant-based protein, they have an appetite for it. Plant-based protein is growing almost, at this point, a little faster than animal-based, so I think the migration may continue in that direction.”
Tyson owns a 5 percent stake in Beyond Meat, a plant-based protein startup, according to Fox Business, and it has a $150 million fund to invest in meat substitute startups.
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"We just got to the point last year where the consumer is demanding (an end to the use of antibiotics in the food chain) and wants transparency," Hayes said.
“They want to have trust in the brands they buy …. (so) let’s push ourselves to go all the way.”
Tyson also announced on its website it is ending the practice of using antibiotics in its food.