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Tyson Foods Expects Stable, Consistent Earnings Growth to Continue

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NEW YORK, March 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN) executives today told investors at the 18th Annual Goldman Sachs Agribusiness Conference that Tyson Foods is a different company than it was a few years ago, and the difference has led to sales and earnings growth.

"Our people were determined to be successful no matter what market conditions were or what obstacles we faced," said Dennis Leatherby, the company's executive vice president and chief financial officer. "When we adopted a 'no excuses' mindset, we started producing more consistent, stable earnings."

Leatherby said the company navigated global economic challenges, unfavorable market dynamics and input costs that were sometimes staggering – including $1.5 billion in incremental feed costs during a three-year time frame – and still achieved strong results. He reiterated that they expect fiscal 2014 earnings per share to be at least $2.78.

During a question and answer session, Donnie Smith, the company's president and chief executive officer, acknowledged that the PED virus is hurting hog producers and will likely result in reduced hog supplies and higher prices. Smith reminded investors that Tyson Foods is a buyer of hogs, not a producer, and would have to pass along any increased input costs to the buyers of its pork products.

Prepared foods and value-added chicken will be key drivers of the company's future growth, Smith said, pointing to Wright® Brand sausage, Tyson® Day Starts™ frozen breakfast foods and Nature Raised Farms® no-antibiotics-ever chicken as examples of recent value-added product launches.

About Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, Inc., with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The Company was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to be involved with son Don Tyson leading the company for many years and grandson John H. Tyson serving as the current Chairman of the Board of Directors. Tyson Foods produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. The Company provides products and services to customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. It has approximately 115,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The Company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain information contained in the press release may constitute forward-looking statements, such as statements relating to expected performance and earnings. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties which could cause our actual results and experiences to differ materially from the anticipated results and expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements. We wish to caution readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Among the factors that may cause actual results and experiences to differ from anticipated results and expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are the following: (i) the effect of, or changes in, general economic conditions; (ii) fluctuations in the cost and availability of inputs and raw materials, such as live cattle, live swine, feed grains (including corn and soybean meal) and energy; (iii) market conditions for finished products, including competition from other global and domestic food processors, supply and pricing of competing products and alternative proteins and demand for alternative proteins; (iv) successful rationalization of existing facilities and operating efficiencies of the facilities; (v) risks associated with our commodity purchasing activities; (vi) access to foreign markets together with foreign economic conditions, including currency fluctuations, import/export restrictions and foreign politics; (vii) outbreak of a livestock disease (such as avian influenza (AI) or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)), which could have an adverse effect on livestock we own, the availability of livestock we purchase, consumer perception of certain protein products or our ability to access certain domestic and foreign markets; (viii) changes in availability and relative costs of labor and contract growers and our ability to maintain good relationships with employees, labor unions, contract growers and independent producers providing us livestock; (ix) issues related to food safety, including costs resulting from product recalls, regulatory compliance and any related claims or litigation; (x) changes in consumer preference and diets and our ability to identify and react to consumer trends; (xi) significant marketing plan changes by large customers or loss of one or more large customers; (xii) adverse results from litigation; (xiii) risks associated with leverage, including cost increases due to rising interest rates or changes in debt ratings or outlook; (xiv) compliance with and changes to regulations and laws (both domestic and foreign), including changes in accounting standards, tax laws, environmental laws, agricultural laws and occupational, health and safety laws; (xv) our ability to make effective acquisitions or joint ventures and successfully integrate newly acquired businesses into existing operations; (xvi) effectiveness of advertising and marketing programs; and (xvii) those factors listed under Item 1A. "Risk Factors" included in our September 28, 2013, Annual Report filed on Form 10-K.

CONTACT: Investor Contact: Jon Kathol, 479-290-4235 Media Contact: Gary Mickelson, 479-290-6111

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