RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (KNWA/KFTA) — As part of efforts to meet growing global demand for protein, Tyson Foods, Inc. and Saudi-based Tanmiah Food Company have entered into a strategic partnership.

According to a press release, the Springdale-based protein processor will acquire a 15% equity stake in Tanmiah subsidiary Agriculture Development Company (ADC) and a 60% equity stake in Supreme Foods Processing Company. The transaction is still subject to approval by KSA regulators.

Tanmiah is a provider of “fresh and value-added poultry and other meat products, animal feed and health products and a foods brand franchise operator.” ADC is a fully integrated poultry company that produces broiler chickens and operates hatcheries and feed mills. 

It sells fresh poultry under the Tanmiah brand to retailers and food service customers. Supreme Foods produces a variety of value-added and cooked chicken and beef products with a distribution network spread across the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, Oman, Lebanon, and Jordan among others.   

“This investment will enable us to access poultry supplies in Saudi Arabia to meet the growing demand for protein in the Middle East and other markets,” said Chris Langholz, president of International for Tyson Foods. “Expansion into international markets is a key part of our strategic growth plan and we’re pleased to better serve customers in this region.”

“The strategic partnership is expected to accelerate Tyson Foods’ and Tanmiah’s growth and generate significant value in the short and long term,” said Tan Sun, president of Tyson Foods APAC. “This will be primarily achieved through further expansion across the value chain, and enhanced product, customer, and geographical diversification, as well as improvement of production and other operational processes. The agreement will also see Tyson Foods and Tanmiah unlock long-term opportunities in the growing Halal food market.”

As part of the agreement, Tyson Foods and Tanmiah have committed to invest to expand the processing capacities of Supreme Foods. This investment is aligned with Tanmiah’s strategic expansion agenda and will result in doubling the company’s production capacity in further processed products. It will also enable Tanmiah to introduce new complementary products to the market, enhancing the diversification of the product portfolio.

The investment in Tanmiah aligns with Tyson Foods’ strategy of expanding value-added capacity in its international business. The company expects to open seven new fully cooked plants outside the U.S. over the next two years, with six in Asia and one in Europe. Global protein consumption is forecasted to rise by close to 95 billion pounds over the next 10 years, with much of that demand happening outside the U.S.

Total Tyson Foods sales from international business and exports represented 14% of total company sales in fiscal year 2021. This included $4.8 billion in U.S. export sales and $2.0 billion in foreign country revenues.