Hometown roots. Global reach.As Smithfield Foods is committed to helping feed a world of nearly 8 billion people. We are working harder than ever to provide families with wholesome, safe and affordable food with outstanding quality and value. We also are working hard to find innovative ways to accomplish that — through new products and processes, while being ever mindful of the impact our operations have on our planet. It’s our responsibility...and our promise. We're made in the USA and found on tables everywhere.
What Drives Us
Our Hometown Roots
Our company traces its history back to 1936, when Joseph W. Luter Sr. and his son, Joseph W. Luter Jr., opened the Smithfield Packing Company in Smithfield, Virginia.
A family business
They built the Smithfield Packing Company plant in 1946 on Highway 10. By 1959, their workforce had grown to 650.
Generation to generation
Joseph W. Luter Jr. was Smithfield's CEO until his death in 1962. His son, Joseph W. Luter III joined Smithfield that year and by 1966 was chairman and CEO. In 1969 he sold Smithfield to Liberty Equities.
The legacy continues
Luter III was CEO 1975-2006 and chairman until the company was sold to WH Group in 2013. His son, Joseph W. Luter IV, became an executive VP of Smithfield Foods in 2008 and president of Smithfield Packing Company.
In 2016, Smithfield had 50,200 employees in the US, Mexico and Europe.
A culinary force
In early 2019, Smithfield re-branded its food-service business, Smithfield Farmland, as Smithfield Culinary, with a chef-led advisory board.
Impactful packaging improvements
In 2009, a smaller packaging for the Armour-Eckrich brand smoked sausages reduced the plastic film and corrugated cardboard usage by over 840,000 pounds per year.
Reducing plastic packaging
In 2010 Smithfield facilities and brands reduced plastic use by 40,600 pounds a year, used 17% less plastic, and eliminated 20,000 pounds of corrugated material.
A commitment to sustainability
In 2010, Dennis Treacy, the company’s first chief sustainability officer, formalized the company’s sustainability practices under six pillars.
Our food offerings expand
In 2017, Smithfield introduced Pure Farms brand, offering food free of antibiotics, artificial ingredients, hormones, and steroids as well as plant-powered protein food products.
Innovating for the future
In 2020, Smithfield Foods became the first major protein company to commit to becoming carbon negative in all company-owned, US operations by 2030. The company also launched Helping Our Heros, a new initiative developed to support American veterans in the workplace.
Kenneth Sullivan retired from Smithfield and was succeeded by Dennis Organ, as president and chief executive officer.
Helping Our Heroes
In 2020, the company also launched Helping Our Heroes, a new initiative developed to support American veterans in the workplace.
Expanding our sustainability promise
In 2021, Smithfield broadened its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction commitment to 30% by 2030 across its entire U.S. value chain; with a new goal to obtain 50% of its electricity from renewable sources over the same time period.
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