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Dean Best | 9 Sep 2013

The choice of Delhaize's new CEO failed to cheer the market last week as investors reacted coolly to the news. The potential takeover of Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork processor, has also not won over all shareholders, with one claiming to have received rival interest.


Katy Askew | 10 Jun 2013

A quiet week for financial updates as results season winds down, with Diamond Foods, Sainsbury's and Smithfield preparing to issue updates. Trade shows will see food companies setting out their wares in various continents from North America to Africa.


Dean Best | 3 Jun 2013

Investment is flowing into and from the world's emerging markets, as two transactions involving US firms Smithfield Foods and McCormick & Co. highlighted last week.


Katy Askew | 30 May 2013

The surprise news that the board of US pork group Smithfield Foods has unanimously backed a takeover bid from Chinese group Shuanghui International highlights the ever-increasing importance of China on the global stage - both as a market for products and as an outward investor actively participating in M&A. However, with regulatory and political hurdles ahead, the transaction is far from a done deal. Katy Askew reports.

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Ben Cooper | 11 Aug 2015

Smithfield Foods, the US meat group, has set out a new tranche of goals on sustainability, building on targets it laid out in 2010. Ben Cooper spoke with Stewart Leeth, vice president of regulatory affairs and sustainability, about the company's progress over the past five years and the launch of the new targets.


Ben Cooper | 30 Apr 2010

Being responsible for championing the sustainability strategy of one of the largest meat processors in the world may appear to many an unenviable task. But Dennis Treacy, recently named senior vice president of corporate affairs and chief sustainability officer at Smithfield Foods, relishes the challenge and believes the company has a good story to tell. He spoke with Ben Cooper about his appointment, the company’s achievements to date and future goals.

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Andy Coyne | 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.


Simon Harvey | 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.


Simon Harvey | 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.


Dean Best | 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.


Andy Coyne | 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.


Dean Best | 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.


Dean Best | 9 Jun 2017

China's WH Group, owner of US pork giant Smithfield Foods, is reportedly interesting in expanding its business into the beef and poultry sectors.


John Shepherd | 1 Jun 2017

WH Group's US meat arm Smithfield Foods said today (1 June) it had completed its acquisition of the Pini Group's packaged meats companies in Poland for an undisclosed sum.


Helen Arnold | 19 May 2017

US meat group Smithfield Foods has launched a new line of better-for-you cold meats under the Skinnygirl brand.


John Shepherd | 10 May 2017

US meat group Smithfield Foods has confirmed plans to ramp up its sustainability commitments, including initiatives on saving water and energy, while "adding new value" to its supply chain.


Katy Askew | 28 Apr 2017

WH Group, China's largest pork processor, said its sales and earnings edged up during the first quarter as a stronger result from its hog and fresh pork units offset a decrease in packaged meat profits. 


John Shepherd | 11 Apr 2017

Smithfield Foods in the US is expanding its Patrick Cudahy brand line of lunch meats with the launch of "fresh and convenient" Lunch Packs.


Dean Best | 4 Apr 2017

China-based meat giant WH Group has applied for permission from competition regulators in Poland to buy local processor Pini Poland.


Katy Askew | 21 Feb 2017

US meat processor Smithfield Foods has launched an antibiotic-free line of fresh pork products under its Pure Farms brand. 


John Shepherd | 6 Dec 2016

US meat group Smithfield Foods has unveiled a "far-reaching goal" to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% across its entire supply chain, "from feed grain to packaged bacon", by 2025.


John Shepherd | 22 Nov 2016

US meat group Smithfield Foods is to acquire Hormel Foods' Clougherty Packing, the parent company of Farmer John and Saag's Specialty Meats, as well as two processing facilities and three farms.


John Shepherd | 21 Nov 2016

Institutional investors in the US are calling on some of the nation's biggest producers of turkey and other meats to do more to tackle the "significant water pollution risks" associated with feeding, slaughtering and processing livestock.


John Shepherd | 26 Oct 2016

Smithfield Foods is introducing seven new products in the US aimed at encouraging consumers "to explore the latest in cooking trends and flavour innovation".


Dean Best | 8 Sep 2016

WH Group, the China-based meat processor and owner of US business Smithfield Foods, saw sales and profits rise in the first half of its financial year, with earnings from its fresh pork arm rising rapidly.


Katy Askew | 5 Jan 2016

Smithfield Foods said that it has made "significant progress" on its animal welfare goal, established in 2007, to move all pregnant sows to group housing.


Dean Best | 16 Nov 2015

Smithfield Foods has announced CEO Larry Pope is to retire from the US pork processor at the end of the year.


Katy Askew | 21 Aug 2015

Smithfield Foods is expanding the dry sausage manufacturing capacity at its Wisconsin production plant to ramp up production of pepperoni and salami products.

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Hannah Abdulla | 9 Jun 2014

Western Australia is strengthening its ties to China via the food industry.


Dean Best | 16 Sep 2013

A second firm of advisors to investors has said shareholders in Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork processor, should accept the $7.1bn takeover bid from China's Shuanghui International.

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