Smithfield Foods, Inc. (NYSE: SFD) announced yesterday that it had entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets and business of Gorges/Quik-to-Fix Foods, Inc. for approximately $34 million in cash. The agreement was approved on Friday, July 13, 2001, by the United States Bankruptcy Court in Delaware overseeing the Quik-to-Fix bankruptcy proceeding.

With annual sales of $140 million, Quik-to-Fix is a leading producer, marketer and distributor of value-added beef, pork and poultry products for the retail and food service industry. The company manufactures a broad range of fully cooked and ready-to-eat products, which it markets on a regional and national level. The company's products are marketed primarily under the Quik- to-Fix and Gorges brands. Customers include several major retail chains, as well as numerous national foodservice distributors.


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Quik-to-Fix operations include plants in Garland and Harlingen, Texas, with corporate offices in Dallas.

"This acquisition represents another step in our strategy to develop and market products in the value-added, further processed ready-to-eat category," said C. Larry Pope, vice president and chief financial officer. "We are excited about the opportunities Quik-to-Fix can provide to broaden the product base for our operating subsidiaries."

The transaction is expected to close in July.

Smithfield Foods has delivered a 28 percent average annual compounded rate of return to investors since 1975. In the last 15 years, the company's share price has outperformed the S&P 500 Index by more than 350 percent. With annual sales of $6 billion, Smithfield Foods is the leading processor and marketer of fresh pork and processed meats in the United States, as well as the largest producer of hogs. For more information, please visit http://www.smithfieldfoods.com .

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