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Eyeing alternatives - meat companies with stakes in meat-free

15 Oct 2019

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.

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. 

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.

Swine fever outbreak sees China's WH Group shut slaughterhouse

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.

Meat giant WH Group names new deputy chairman

14 Aug 2018

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

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.

Chinese meat giant WH Group profits up on fresh pork

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.

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.

China's WH Group 'interested in beef, poultry M&A'

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.

Smithfield Foods completes acquisition of Pini meat firms in Poland

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.

Smithfield Foods sets out sustainability pledges on water, energy

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.

WH Group sales, earnings edge up in Q1

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. 

Meat giant WH Group eyeing acquisition in Poland

4 Apr 2017

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

WH Group books increased profit and sales

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.

US meat group Smithfield sets emissions reduction goal

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.

US meat group Smithfield buys clutch of assets from Hormel Foods

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.

New Smithfield products target "trends in cooking and tastes"

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".

WH Group profits up on fresh pork division

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.

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