Smithfield Foods: CSR & Sustainability News

Smithfield Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and marketing of fresh meat and packaged meats products in the United States and internationally. The company offers its products to supermarket chains; wholesale distributors; the foodservice industry, including fast food, restaurant and hotel chains, hospitals, and other institutional customers; export markets; and other further processors.


Campbell Soup and Smithfield Dish Out Transparency

What’s in my SpaghettiOs? Should I assume there’s no dog in my hot dog? We all want to know what’s buried in the…
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Majority of Smithfield Sows in More Humane Group Housing

The largest U.S. pork producer has made considerable gains recently in transitioning breeding sows from gestation crates to group housing.
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EDF, Smithfield Foods Collaborate to Reduce Fertilizer Runoff

The Environmental Defense Fund is collaborating with Smithfield Foods and its livestock production subsidiary, Murphy-Brown LLC to help farmers optimize fertilizer application on…

Tyson Foods Tells Pig Farmers to Adopt More Humane Practices

Earlier this month, Tyson Foods sent a letter to the hog farmers who supply it with pork asking them to adopt more humane…

Balancing Good News and Bad News in Sustainability Reporting

When is a company really being honest about what went down in the reporting year?
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Pork Producers Must Have ‘Rocks in Their Heads’ to Use Sow Crates

“You’d have to have rocks in your head to build a new sow barn with gestating sow stalls.” That’s how the Western Producer…

Wendy’s Requires Pork Suppliers to Phase Out Cruel Gestation Crates

Wendy’s made the announcement on March 22, 2012 that it will require its U.S. and Canadian pork suppliers to outline plans to phase…

China’s Strategic Pork Reserve Produces Consequences

China recently set up a strategic pork reserve (really!) to feed the middle class’ growing hunger for meat and to prevent the kind…

Smithfield Aims to Make Pork the Sustainable White Meat

Smithfield has turned a corner and is slowly emerging as a model for sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) throughout the meat processing…