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"Not that I disagree with the basic premise that its shareholders are limited to a back seat. This company exists to benefit only those whose last name is "Tyson." But it has always been a proactive company--proactively absorbing its competition is strategically savvy steps."

Absorbing it's competetion is fine. However, it has imporved the bottom line exactly how?

They crank technology to keep abreast with competition. That is fine, they have the cash to outspend their mistakes as long as there is no need to make money.

Anyone in this field is searching for margin. Say 'free range' - this move earlier rather than later could have paid a nice dividend on a minor investment, in a buisness they are part of, in an industry where 'shelf space' makes kings. Supermarket penetration under their brand I disagree that would have been a distraction. Just as I disagree that prepared meals would have been or is a distraction. This is a company in need of innovation and a budget that should afford it, it should not be a follower into high margin activities, but a leader into them IMO.

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