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Tyson’s Moonshot: what the new CEO’s resume really tells us about the future of Tyson Foods

Tyson’s Moonshot: what the new CEO’s resume really tells us about the future of Tyson Foods

This week Tyson Foods named Dean Banks as its next Chief Executive Officer. Dean Banks was named president of Tyson Foods last December, but the media references his experience as a “ tech executive” and his time at Alphabet. Curious about this experience, I went to his LinkedIn profile.   Was he a C-level executive at Alphabet? Division [...]

Why?

Why?

10 weeks into writing the weekly Prime Future newsletter, I've been  wrestling with the where-are-we-going-with-this questions like, who am I really writing for and why? The bleeding-edge livestock producer? The soon-to-be founder? The seasoned entrepreneur? The investor considering the space? The biz dev lead sourcing M&A targets? For the last 3 months I’ve been quarantining [...]

There’s a Meat Vacuum in AgTech; how do we fill it?

There’s a Meat Vacuum in AgTech; how do we fill it?

$16.9B in venture funding went to agtech companies in 2018. Sensors, robotics, machine learning, CRISPR, plant based <anything>, wearable tech for livestock, and so on. A ton of activity in row crops, a lot of activity in dairy, some interesting plays in livestock…but what about the meat sector?  What about that massively critical phase from [...]

The Meat Cartel’s Moat

The whiplash inducing effects of the pandemic highlighted the bottleneck in the meat value chain that sends economic ripples from ranches to food retailers: primary processing. This has raised the question in many circles, how does the industry create more distributed processing capacity? Before we dig into the complexity around that question, let's start with [...]