Meat companies moving into automation due to the pandemic

Tyson Foods currently relies on about 122K workers to produce about 20% of chicken, beef, and pork produced in the U.S. Due to the coronavirus pandemic Tyson is pushing further into robotics, developing an automated deboning system destined to handle some of the roughly 39M chickens it processes each week. Pilgrim's Pride the second-largest U.S. chicken processor, deboning machines now trail humans by only 1% - 1.5%, in terms of meat yield per chicken. "Everybody's thinking about automation, and it's going to increase," said Decker Walker, a managing director with Boston Consulting Group, who works with meatpackers. @

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