Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods, and Jacob Stern & Sons, distributor of oleochemicals and exporter of tallow, have launched a joint venture, JST Global, to serve the worldwide fats and oils market. Specific terms of the venture were not disclosed.

Tyson Fresh Meats, based in Dakota Dunes, S.D., currently operates six beef plants and six pork plants in the United States. Jacob Stern & Sons is among Tyson’s largest customers for animal by-products and is the largest U.S. processor and marketer of animal fats. Beef and pork by-products of the fresh meats business, along with fats and oils derived from other sources, are key ingredients in thousands of products in industries such as pharmaceuticals, personal care, and animal nutrition.

“We maximize the value of every animal we harvest so that no part of the animal goes to waste,” said Steve Stouffer, group president, Tyson Fresh Meats. “Responsibly processing fats and oils are a key part of our business and our commitment to sustainability. This joint venture gives us the opportunity to continue to value-up our beef and pork production, enabling us to innovate in new untapped markets while continuing to work directly with existing animal fat customers and the emerging renewable energy market.”

Following a transition period, the marketing of all animal fats generated by Tyson Fresh Meats will be conducted by JST Global teams in Houston, Dakota Dunes, and Omaha, Neb. Jay Van Valen, formerly president of Jacob Stern & Sons’ Texas division, will serve as CEO of JST Global, which will maintain its headquarters in Houston. The sales teams from both companies will collaborate to provide a seamless transition for customers.

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