Record prepared foods sales helped drive strong first quarter sales growth at protein giant Tyson Foods.
Sales at Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson totaled $10.3 billion in the quarter, up from $9.2 billion in the first quarter of 2017.
The company recorded $2.3 billion in prepared foods sales in the first quarter, up from $1.9 billion last year at the same time.
Tyson has made significant investments in its prepared foods offerings in the past year, highlighted by the 2017 purchases of AdvancePierre Foods and Original Philly Holdings.
Tyson brands sold in grocery prepared foods sections and in c-stores include Jimmy Dean, Big Az, Hot ‘N’ Ready, Hillshire Snacking and Fresh-Cut.