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Covid-19 food industry updates – Thursday 6 August (free to read)

6 Aug 2020

just-food is providing daily updates on how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the world's packaged food sector.

Eyeing alternatives – meat companies with stakes in meat-free

4 Aug 2020

With plant-based products growing in popularity and investment in lab-created products on the rise, we present a guide on how meat manufacturers are investing in the area.

New products – Coca-Cola Co.'s Fairlife moves into new category; Eat Just opens new market; Nestle-owned Sweet Earth reveals faux bacon burger

17 Jul 2020

This week's new product offerings include more protein-packed products from Mars and a new range of Calzones from Smithfield Foods of the US under its Carando brand.

Smithfield Foods confirms re-opening of Sioux Falls pork plant

7 May 2020

US meat heavyweight Smithfield Foods has confirmed a pork-processing facility hit by the Covid-19 outbreak will re-open today (7 May).

Meat giants Smithfield, JBS 're-opening select US plants'

5 May 2020

Reports from the US say that two meat giants are re-opening select plants closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Covid-19 - Smithfield to close another US plant

27 Apr 2020

US pork-processing giant Smithfield Foods is to shut another plant this week due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

US union says up to 6,500 food plant workers impacted by Covid-19

24 Apr 2020

The US United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) is pushing for action to protect food plant workers from Covid-19.

Smithfield Foods 'has more than 500 Covid-19 cases' at Sioux Falls plant

17 Apr 2020

Smithfield Foods has declined to directly confirm reports that its pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, now has more than 500 Covid-19 cases.

US meat giant Smithfield to shutter more facilities as Covid-19 bites

16 Apr 2020

Smithfield Foods, the US meat giant, has announced it is to take further action after positive Covid-19 tests amongst its workers.

Meat processing emerges as Covid-19 hot-spot in North America - analysis

15 Apr 2020

The meat industries in the US and Canada have seen factory suspensions and closures due to Covid-19. How can processors react? And what might be the impact on supply?

US pork giant Smithfield Foods closes coronavirus-hit plant

14 Apr 2020

Smithfield Foods, one of the world's largest pork producers, has closed "until further notice" one of its biggest production facilities in the US.

Smithfield Foods to close Sioux Falls plant after number of Covid-19 cases

9 Apr 2020

Smithfield Foods joins a host of other US meat processors in halting production temporarily after a number of its employees tested positive for Covid-19.

Sustainability body Ceres calls on food companies to take action over water resources

1 Nov 2019

A new report from US-based sustainability advocacy organisation Ceres has revealed how big food companies are faring in relation to their use of water resources.

Smithfield Foods enters meat-free with Pure Farmland brand

13 Aug 2019

Smithfield Foods becomes the latest among an array of global meat producers entering the plant-based category.

Pork price lawsuit 'dismissed by US court'

9 Aug 2019

A US federal court has dismissed price-fixing lawsuits filed against a host of pork companies in a case dating back to 2009.

Nestle 'steps up efforts to sell Herta meats unit'

11 Apr 2019

Nestlé is reportedly stepping up efforts to sell its Herta meats business after the Swiss food giant was said to have hired bankers in February to arrange the disposal. 

USDA acts following increase in recalls of meat products containing foreign objects

6 Mar 2019

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to take action after a seeing an increase in recalls of meat and poultry products containing metal, plastic and other foreign materials.

WH Group-owned Smithfield Foods appoints Dennis Organ as COO

18 Jan 2019

Smithfield Foods, the US meat and branded products business owned by China's WH Group, has appointed a chief operating officer.

Smithfield Foods eyes export growth through $45m domestic investment

7 Dec 2018

US meat giant Smithfield Foods has announced it is to make a near-US$45m investment in its domestic operations.

Smithfield plans expansion at US plant

5 Oct 2018

Smithfield Foods, the US meat processor owned by China's WH Group, plans to expand capacity at one of its domestic plants.

US meat giant Smithfield Foods targets UK frozen sector from Polish facility

13 Jul 2018

Smithfield Foods, the US meat heavyweight owned by China's WH Group, has invested in a new facility in Poland that will service the UK frozen market.

US pork producers hit by price fixing lawsuit

29 Jun 2018

US meat giants, including Tyson Foods and Hormel Foods, have been hit with a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to inflate pork prices in an effort to boost profit at consumers’ expense.

Earnings summary - Nestle lowers annual sales figures in earnings restatement; JBS FY profits more than double even as sales falter; 2017 a mixed bag for Vion; Avangardco sales hit by bird flu but annual loss narrows

29 Mar 2018

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.

Smithfield Foods signs deal to sell US pork on Chinese e-commerce platform

25 Oct 2017

US pork giant Smithfield Foods has signed a deal to sell its pork products online in China, exclusively via the country's second largest e-commerce site JD Fresh.

WH Group moves to buy Romanian meat firms Elit, Vericom

26 Sep 2017

China-based meat processor WH Group has announced the acquisition two Romanian companies - Elit and Vericom - through its US subsidiary Smithfield Foods.

NGO Ceres' deep dive into water gives food plenty to ponder

15 Sep 2017

A new report from US non-profit Ceres looking at how food manufacturers are addressing water risks points to improvement among some companies but finds many others to be worryingly off the pace. Ben Cooper reports.

Smithfield Foods' $100m plant investment to create 250 jobs

22 Aug 2017

US meat processor Smithfield Foods is investing US$100m to build a new distribution centre and expand its blast cell cold storage facility in Tar Heel, North Carolina.

Smithfield Foods eyes branded meal kits with Chef'd investment

17 Aug 2017

Smithfield Foods, the US pork processor, plans to market meal kits in the country using the company's brands through its investment in Chef'd.

Smithfield Foods takes full ownership of Kansas City Sausage Company

15 Aug 2017

Smithfield Foods, the US meat processor owned by China's WH Group, has announced the full acquisition of Kansas City Sausage Company.

Smithfield Foods emerges as investor in Chef'd

11 Aug 2017

Smithfield Foods, the US meat processor owned by China's WH Group, has invested in Chef'd, the US meal-kit business.

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