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Smithfield Foods Continues “Sustainability Stories” Web Series with a Look at Animal Care

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We launched the second of a three-part series of web sustainability stories that invites our visitors to meet some of the architects of the company’s sustainability programs, including Ashley DeDecker, PhD in swine well-being.

This second story highlights DeDecker’s candid insights and shares her experience working with animals, and the role she plays in developing programs in swine well-being.

DeDecker is assistant director of production research at Murphy-Brown LLC, the hog production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods. She grew up in the industry, working on her family’s 600-sow farrow-to-finish operation in Illinois, and studied the impacts of alternative housing systems on sow well-being for her doctoral work. Among other recognition, DeDecker received the National Pork Board Swine Innovation Award in 2011.

“I want to make as big an impact as possible,” DeDecker said, citing the company’s work in sow housing and studies geared to keeping swine comfortable in hot, humid conditions.

Check out the rest of her story at http://www.smithfieldcommitments.com/stories/animal-care.

And if you missed the first installment of the “Sustainability Stories”, click here  to see candid insights featuring President & CEO Larry Pope and Chief Sustainability Officer Dennis Treacy.

Stay tuned as we release our third story, scheduled to launch in December, which features Kinesha Allen, Environmental Manager for Smithfield-Farmland. Her role consists of a broad range of environmental services with specific emphases on Environmental Management Systems (EMS), facility inspections. She even has designed award-winning environmental community outreach programs.


Calling All Youths for Smithfield Foods Youth Day

The Smithfield Research and Development team invited children between ages 9 to 15 for an afternoon that allowed them the opportunity to learn about what Smithfield does and how products get made. The day included several hands-on activities and learning opportunities. The program lasted about 2.5 hours and lunch was provided. The children reviewed the different types of pork cuts and used a giant pig puzzle to help them identify all the types of pork products. A highlight may have been stuffing sausage, curing country hams and making the meatballs. Although, everyone certainly enjoyed eating their own personal pizzas with their favorite toppings for lunch.

We look forward to hosting the next group of students!

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ARMOUR Hosts Sixth Annual Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention

This month remains National Bullying Prevention Month and ARMOUR®, maker of LunchMakers® and BreakfastMakers®, played its part in spreading awareness and showing its support to the cause. 

Armour and STOMP Out Bullying have teamed up with a national partnership to drive awareness of bullying and cyberbullying prevention. Armour, part of the John Morrell Food Group, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, Inc., donated $75,000 to the organization and is driving awareness via specially marked packages of top-selling Armour LunchMakers and BreakfastMakers varieties, in-store signage and social media.

Mario Lopez had a supporting role as he lead the pep rally for more than 1,200 middle school students at Albert Leonard Middle School in New Rochelle, N.Y. Albert Leonard Middle School was selected as the site of the pep rally because of the school’s involvement and progress in antibullying efforts.

Charged with handing out the official STOMP Out Bullying blue shirts, wristbands and ARMOUR branded lunchboxes, Lopez spoke to the students about how to create a bully-free environment and the dangers of bullying and cyberbullying.

“Bullying has reached epidemic proportions with one in four young people being bullied,” said Lopez. “Through the efforts of organizations like STOMP Out Bullying and advocates like Armour, we are raising awareness and teaching children important skills to combat this problem. I’m proud to team up with them for this pep rally and Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention to do my part to help stop bullying.”

“Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention is the most important day on the calendar for STOMP Out Bullying,” said Ross Ellis, the organization’s founder and CEO. “On this day everyone can show their commitment to stand up against bullying. To see this spirited, empowered ground of young people from Albert Leonard Middle School and recognize the difference that they are making, individually and collectively, is a great reminder of the role each of us can play in helping to end this epidemic that is tormenting our young people. We’re grateful for the support from Armour and Mario to help us continue to build awareness and educate students and the public about all forms of bullying.”



Eckrich Surprises Retired Army Veteran Raymond Goss and Family with New Car and Free Groceries for One Year

Eckrich continues to celebrate its 120th anniversary this month. In September the celebrations were kicked off by honoring a special military veteran and his family with the gift of a brand new 2014 Ford Fusion and free groceries for a year at Jewel-Osco. The Goss family could not be more appreciative, full of smiles. Veteran Army Specialist Raymond Goss, his wife, Jennifer, and their two young children were in need of a new car, but they never thought they would receive one when they pulled into a Jewel-Osco parking lot on a Friday morning in September. With help from “The King” Richard Petty, the family was presented with a year of free groceries at Jewel-Osco on behalf of Eckrich. The family is very deserving and Eckrich is honored to thank them in this special way. Raymond Goss stated, “It means a lot when a company like Eckrich remembers veterans like myself and does something special. We’re just really grateful for Eckrich, Jewel-Osco and Richard Petty. We’re now fans for life.” Last month’s event is part of the continued Eckrich “Operation Inspiration” campaign, which supports and honors military families. Check out their website to view the other ways which Eckrich gives back and continues to support military families.

Community Blood Drive

On June 18, 2014 the Oklahoma Smithfield Team of Murphy-Brown partnered up with the Oklahoma Blood Institute to host a community blood drive. Everyone who donated was given a complimentary T-shirt, tickets to Oklahoma City Zoo and grilled pork burgers. When the blood drive started at 11:00 a.m. the Smithfield donation goal was 50, when the blood drive ended at 7:30 p.m. they had a total of 66 donations! Every pint of blood saves 3 lives; with the donations that were made at this blood drive 198 lives were saved! 15 of Smithfield employees volunteered 263 hours to help cook, serve food, greet and sign up donors, translated if needed and provided support to the nursing staff. The blood drive was a huge success and would not have been possible without the dedicated team from the Oklahoma Blood Institute and the Smithfield volunteers!Picture6 Picture4



Carando Foods Achieves Zero Waste to Landfill Status

Our Carando facility in Springfield, Mass.,  tackled a challenging question—is it possible to operate efficiently without sending waste to landfill? On July 9, 2014, they were officially recognized for doing just that—they officially achieved zero waste to landfill status. Congrats team!

At Smithfield Foods, we’ve set a corporate goal that each of our subsidiaries have at least one zero waste to landfill facility by the end of 2018. Learn more about that commitment here. The effort towards this goal at the Carando facility began in February of 2013 when Denis Punch, who works in the human resources department at the facility, spearheaded the project with the help of USA Hauling and Recycling. By collaborating with Chris Roscio and Mark Murren of USA Hauling and Recycling, an action plan was created that included numerous process revisions and a focus on composting and recycling (including standard recycling, wood, cardboard, plastics, metal and aluminum recycling).

“It has been a great experience working with Carando Foods. They have dedicated all their efforts in really making a big difference to our environment,” said Roscio, “Their main goal was to make their company a complete landfill-free work place and with USA Hauling’s expertise and Carando’s diligence —they succeeded.”

The results: to date, Carando has been able to recycle 1,915 tons of material that would otherwise have been disposed of in a landfill. Not only have their efforts helped further their commitment to protecting the environment; it has also saved the company $90,000 in disposal fees.

To celebrate, Carando provided lunch and ice-cream for all employees. Great job, guys!

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Smithfield Foods Launches Interim Sustainability Report via Three-Part Web Module

First Installment Features CEO Larry Pope and Sustainability’s Role in his Corporate Philosophy

Smithfield Foods launched the first of a three-part series of web modules that serve as an interim sustainability report. Through these stories, Smithfield invites visitors to meet some of the architects of the company’s sustainability policy including Larry Pope, president and chief executive officer.  

This first module includes Pope’s candid insights and stories regarding the importance of sustainability to the company.

Through a video interview, Pope reminds viewers that Sustainability is nothing new to Smithfield.

“Smithfield Foods now is well into the second decade of incorporating sustainability throughout every aspect of our business,” Pope said. “It is ingrained in our culture.”

The module also features Dennis Treacy, the company’s chief sustainability officer who shares how Smithfield Foods makes decisions everyday that that work toward protecting the environment, the animals and the company’s employees.
One of the more unique characteristics of Smithfield Foods is the strong tie the company still holds to Smithfield, Virginia–the community in which the company was founded and still calls home.
“Our reach may be global, but we still behave like a small company from a small town with an open-door policy,” Pope said. He also pointed out that Smithfield Foods is committed to being a member of every community it touches, from Smithfield, Va. to the hog production facilities around the world.

Smithfield Foods has grown over the years and the commitment towards bettering communities and the planet have grown with the corporation:

• Through its Helping Hungry Homes® initiative, the company has donated more than 35 million servings of food during the past four years to food banks across the U.S.

• CorporateRegister.com named Smithfield Foods 2012 integrated Report as its first place winner in the “Openness & Honesty” category.

• Through the Smithfield Foundation, Smithfield offers scholarships to the dependent children and grandchildren of company employees for eight colleges and universities. To date the foundation has awarded 173 annual scholarships totaling more than $2.5 million.

The second module, scheduled to launch in October, will highlight Ashley DeDecker, Ph.D. who has worked at Murphy-Brown LLC, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, for almost three years. Currently serving as the assistant director of production research, Ashley has dedicated her career to animal care and welfare and has received several awards for her efforts, including the National Pork Board Swine Innovation Award (2011).

The third module, scheduled to launch in December, features Kinesha Allen, Environmental Manager for Smithfield-Farmland. Her role consists of a broad range of environmental services with specific emphases on Environmental Management Systems (EMS), facility inspections. She even has designed award-winning environmental community outreach programs.

Smithfield believes that sustainability is a journey, not a destination, and believes corporations must continually strive to exceed what is expected of them. This belief is ingrained in the culture and operations at Smithfield Foods. These modules help tell the story of Smithfield’s journey, introduce the people who create this culture and further their commitment to transparent and engaging communication.  

 Visit http://www.smithfieldcommitments.com/stories/ to learn more.


Romanian Students Participate in Smithfield Prod Internship

Smithfield Prod, Romania’s largest producer of fresh pork and a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, again has launched its internship program to help students better understand the food production industry and make the transition from theoretical to practical skills. Participants are assigned to a department appropriate to their focus of study and then given the chance to learn in a ”real world” setting by getting involved in all operational departments throughout the course of the three-month internship.

Currently, 24 students are involved with the program through the top three universities in Timisoara, Romania: West University, Polytechnics University and University of Agriculture, Science and Veterinary Medicine and Electrotechnics. Participants represent a variety of fields including technology, agriculture and food production.

As part of our commitment to the communities in which we live and work, and to support the educational process in the region, this internship program helps further the education of future food production professionals.

Click here to learn more about our commitment to strengthening communities through different educational initiatives.


Smithfield Farmland Grayson Supports American Cancer Society

Through a number of creative fundraising events and activities the Smithfield Farmland facility in Grayson, KY, has been raising money and showing support for the American Cancer Society. Throughout the year they’ve held a number of events including bake sales, t- shirt sales, raffles and $5.00 jean Fridays.

On June 20, 2014, the group held their final fundraiser at the Relay for Life event at the Olive Hill Shriner Park. The Relay for Life creates an opportunity to unite as a community to honor cancer survivors, raise awareness about what can be done to reduce cancer risk and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease. Relay for Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Events are up to 24 hours long and, because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times. Relay for Life at Olive Shriner Park included 37 teams and over 500 participants who raised over $96,000 for the American Cancer Society. Four employees volunteered their time selling pork chops sandwiches to participants.

The team at the Grayson facility is proud to have raised a total of $4,431.00 for this great charity.


Smithfield Farmland Fresh – North Sponsors Annual Clean the Bay Day


On Saturday, June 7, 2014, thousands of Virginians simultaneously headed to streams, tributaries and beaches of the Chesapeake Bay to remove harmful litter and debris from the waters. The 26th Annual Clean the Bay Day, established by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, was sponsored by the Smithfield Farmland Fresh facility, located in Smithfield, VA. The foundation’s goal is to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay and the bay’s ecosystem through trash removal. Clean the Bay Day sets the stage for moving beyond visible pollution and tackling the major unseen threats that the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint is designed to manage.

This year’s event brought over 100 different partner organizations and sponsors, including the North Facility. Smithfield Farmland’s team of volunteers tripled in size this year and assisted in the clean up and removal of approximately 825 pounds of trash from the bay! After the cleanup, a lunch was held at Smithfield Farmland’s Innovation Center for all volunteers.

Since 1989, Clean the Bay Day has engaged approximately 134,000 volunteers, who have removed more than 6.1 million pounds of debris from nearly 6,500 miles of shoreline.


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People sometimes ask us if we have a response to the movie Food, Inc. In this short video, our EVP and CSO Dennis Treacy provides insight as to why Smithfield did not talk to the movie producers and our perspective on the film. If you have questions about particular claims made in the movie, please ask us through our website http://www.smithfieldcommitments.com, or contact us through Twitter or Facebook.

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As we move forward with our sustainability initiatives, we need to take the concerns of our investors seriously. We have found an increasing level of interest among our investors in issues related to sustainability, and what we are doing as a company in this area.

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