July 23, 2021

Growth Innovators Vignette: Tyson Foods

Posted By:
John
Sviokla

Tyson Foods is one of the most respected brand names in the food category, topping Fortune’s list for Most Admired Companies for the last three years. Tyson's performance mirrors that of diversified, recognizable brands, and has delivered far superior results in sales, earnings, and assets–all at a 5x scale.

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Tyson combines its inherent scale advantages with aggressive investments to maintain its status as a growth leader. This report looks at qualifying financial performance metrics and key areas of investment that generated significant positive return, including:

  • Expansion into foreign markets
  • Development of alternative protein brands
  • Investment in innovation locations and breakthrough tech
  • Diversification of key management
  • Executive incentives that chase long term shareholder value

By and large, in an industry with little product differentiation, Tyson bets on its workforce as its competitive advantage. Through enhanced compensation that includes added benefits, Tyson enjoys a high level of employee satisfaction and retention. This strategy is the foundation for motivating its workforce to contribute to initiatives and activities supporting long-term growth. In addition, The Tyson Family legacy of sustainable long-term growth includes a compelling incentive program, and strategic placement and promotion of key individuals to help the company excel and drive innovation.

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About the Growth Innovators Study:

Manifold’s Growth Innovators Study, in partnership with Valens Research, is a proprietary assessment of the economic value of R&D and innovation investment in over 10,000 firms. The study includes the Growth Innovators Matrix, an instrument that helps teams see how they stack up relative to peer organizations. For individuals looking to make the case for increasing R&D investment, we believe the matrix can help draw a direct line between investment and potential impact.

Some of the study's finding include:

  • Growth Innovators have roughly 2x higher valuation/asset multiples than the average across all companies.
  • 17% of companies across industries are Growth Innovators.
  • Growth Innovators are represented across industries, although some industries have a disproportionate share.

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