Smithfield Foods, Inc. (NYSE: SFD) yesterday announced plans to add two new names to the list of processed meats producers the company has acquired this year to build the value-added segment of its business.

Smithfield Foods said that it had signed letters of intent to acquire Stadler’s Country Hams, Inc. and RMH Foods, Inc. The company has made three similar acquisitions this year.

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Stadler’s is a major producer of country hams. Based in Elon College, North Carolina, Stadler’s was a pioneer in the climate-controlled curing process and recently adopted a European-style curing system. RMH Foods, based in Morton, Illinois, specializes in pre-cooked pork and beef entrees under the Quick-n-Easy(TM) brand.

Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

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 .

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