Coronavirus impact on supply chain 'can't be measured': Tyson Foods CEO
Tyson Foods president: Coronavirus’ impact on supply chains can’t be measured
Tyson Foods President and Director Dean Banks on how coronavirus is changing future business practices and how it has pushed his company to pivot from supplying the food service industry to the retail industry.
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Tyson Foods president Dean Banks said Tuesday the coronavirus pandemic's impact on the company's supply chain is so substantial it "can't be measured" as Tyson deals with coronavirus outbreaks at U.S. plants.
"The impacts on our supply chain really can't be measured. … It is a pretty tremendous impact, when our plants are closed," Banks told "Mornings with Maria."
"We certainly appreciate the government support we've received," he said, adding that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention visited Tyson facilities to "review" them.
CORONAVIRUS CASES FORCE THIRD JBS MEAT PACKING PLANT TO CLOSE
Tyson is reopening its Columbus Junction, Iowa, plant on Tuesday after shutting it down on April 6. At least six Tyson Foods employees, at that Iowa plant and another in Georgia, have died of coronavirus.
All eyes are on meat processing facilities, including the indefinitely closed Smithfield plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as coronavirus outbreaks continue to pop up. Companies say they're taking proper precautions to keep workers safe but have to keep operating because of their essential roles in the food supply chain.