[09 August/Food Dive] Tyson Foods has opened the Tyson Manufacturing Automation Center near its headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas. The facility will develop automated and robotic solutions for the meat packer’s food production plants, particularly aimed at jobs that are physically demanding, highly repetitive or dangerous. Tyson has reported that it has invested more than USD$215 million (approx. NZD$334 million) in automation and robotics during the past five years. Global demand for protein has meant that meat packers are struggling to keep pace with production. US meatpackers are known to illegally high undocumented workers. Robots in the space need to be built to withstand sanitisation and constant washing to remove bacteria.