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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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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.

Dean Best | 7 Apr 2015

Smithfield Foods has started building a bacon slicing plant in Wisconsin as part of the US meat group's plans to grow its packaged meats business.

Hannah Abdulla | 25 Mar 2015

US pork processor Smithfield Foods has reported a jump in annual profits, as sales growth across all of its divisions offset higher raw material costs.

Hannah Abdulla | 19 Mar 2015

Romania has secured for the first time the green light from China to ship frozen pork imports to the country.

Hannah Abdulla | 16 Feb 2015

Smithfield Foods has announced a restructuring of its organisation, a move that will see the US-based meats group managed across four divisions.

Katy Askew | 7 Nov 2014

Smithfield Foods, the US pork producer owned by China's WH Group, reported a leap in third-quarter earnings on higher meat prices and increased packaged sales.

Katy Askew | 1 Sep 2014

Chinese pork processor WH Group booked a surge in earnings in its first set of interim results as a listed company, boosted by last year's acquisition of US pork giant Smithfield Foods.

Dean Best | 12 Aug 2014

US pork processor Smithfield Foods has reported higher half-year profits, pointing to demand at home and abroad.

Dean Best | 4 Aug 2014

Spain-based meats group Campofrio has booked a half-year loss but claimed it was on the right track after seeing sales and EBITDA increase year-on-year.

Dean Best | 15 Jul 2014

WH Group, the world's largest pork processor, has relaunched plans for a listing in Hong Kong.

Hannah Abdulla | 19 May 2014

US pork processor Smithfield Foods has revealed it will build four meat processing plants in China.

Katy Askew | 29 Apr 2014

Chinese pork processor WH Group has abandoned plans to list in Hong Kong, citing poor market conditions and volatility.

Dean Best | 17 Apr 2014

Tesco was in the spotlight this week after the publication of its annual results confirmed what a challenging year the UK's largest retailer endured. Another UK grocer under scrutiny is The Co-operative Group, which reported banking-induced losses, but revealed it is re-sizing its food retail estate to give it more focus. Elsewhere, China's WH Group, of which Smithfield Foods is now a part, announced plans to list in Hong Kong and US group Post Holdings made another M&A move, with a deal to buy egg-to-dairy supplier Michael Foods.

Katy Askew | 15 Apr 2014

WH Group, the world's largest pork producer, has announced plans to list in Hong Kong in an initial public offering that could raise more than HK$42bn (US$5.3bn).

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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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