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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.

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Andy Coyne | 17 Aug 2018

China's WH Group, the world's largest pork producer, has been ordered by the country's government to shut one of its slaughterhouses amid a swine fever scare.


Dean Best | 14 Aug 2018

WH Group, the Chinese meat processor, has appointed company executive Wan Hongjian as vice chairman.


Andy Coyne | 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.


Andy Coyne | 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.


just-food.com | 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.


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.


Andy Coyne | 15 Aug 2017

WH Group, the world's largest pork producer, saw its net profit increase by 1% to US$557m in the first six months of 2017.


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.


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. 


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.


John Shepherd | 23 Mar 2017

China-based meat processor WH Group has booked a 17% rise in profits, boosted by what the company said was record earnings derived from its domestic market and the US, where it owns Smithfield Foods.


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 | 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 | 31 Mar 2016

WH Group, the world's largest pork processor, reported mixed numbers for fiscal 2015 as lower financing costs lifted the bottom line despite issues at its hog unit and lower sales. 


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 | 20 Aug 2015

Meat group Smithfield Foods today (20 August) announced that Kenneth Sullivan, currently EVP and chief financial officer, has been named president and chief operating officer. Glenn Nunziata will succeed him as CFO.


Dean Best | 19 Aug 2015

WH Group, the China-based meat processor and owner of Smithfield Foods, saw revenue slide and reported mixed profits in the first half of the year amid lower sales from packaged meats and falling earnings from fresh pork.


Hannah Abdulla | 4 Jun 2015

Smithfield-owner WH Group has divested in its entire stake of in Campofrio, with funds to be used to pay down debt.


Katy Askew | 9 Apr 2015

Smithfield Foods is investing US$9m to expand production of its Curly's brand, which includes pre-cooked BBQ products such as pulled pork, beef and chicken.

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Katy Askew | 6 May 2016

Rumours Chinese pork giant WH Group is eyeing acquisitions, particularly in the US, have surfaced.


Hannah Abdulla | 9 Jun 2014

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



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