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Health and Wellness

Great Food Choices For Today's Preferences

Customers want healthier foods and a variety of selections. But wellness is more than just a balanced and nutritious diet. We’re also involved in cutting edge health care solutions. We believe the innovations in what we’re doing today creates a better, brighter – and tastier – tomorrow.

Health and Wellness Highlights and Achievements

Now more than ever, consumers of all generations are drawn to the benefits of healthy lifestyles and diets. At Smithfield, we are too. From reducing sodium and sugar in our products to our adoption of cleaner labels and our introduction of plant-based protein products, our team of chefs, food scientists and product development specialists are innovating to deliver great choices for today’s changing food preferences.

Growing Heparin Operations

Smithfield BioScience’s heparin operations continued to grow, doubling sales in 2020 with equal growth anticipated for 2021.

Meeting Consumer Needs

We helped our customers pivot to e-commerce and food-to-go platforms as the pandemic shifted consumer grocery shopping and eating habits.

Working on Future Targets

We streamlined our production processes and product formulations to help deliver on our new 2025 targets, which include reducing added sugars and sodium by 10% across our product lines.

Our Goals And Targets

In our continuing commitment to sustainability, Health and Wellness is new in 2020.
Our Goal: Promote wellness through improved nutrition and innovations in pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and other human applications.
Reduce added sugars by 10% across our entire product line by 2025.
In our international operations, include products designed to address health and wellness in accordance with European Union (EU) nutrition and labeling standards.
Reduce sodium by 10% across our entire product line by 2025.
Increase transparency of food nutrition through cleaner labels across 100% of our product line by 2025.
Ensure a variety of products for different diets and needs.
Maximize our vertically integrated supply chain to produce products critical to human health, including pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals.
Our Health and Wellness pillar highlights the importance of animal protein in the human diet."
- Stewart Leeth, Chief Sustainability Officer

Delivering Healthy and Nutritious Food

For more than 80 years, Smithfield has been feeding families with trusted pork and protein products that help them meet their daily dietary needs. We continue to reduce and simplify the ingredients we use and develop plant-based protein options to satisfy growing flexitarian appetites. As COVID-19 abruptly shifted food shopping, preparation and eating habits, we ramped up our e-commerce and home-delivery support for customers and consumers alike.



We have been feeding families with trust products for over 80 years.

Innovating in Health and Wellness

We have a responsibility and commitment to maximize the use of nonfood byproducts from our meat-production operations. With our vertically integrated supply chain providing an unparalleled level of traceability and product safety, our Smithfield BioScience operation enables us to use parts of the animal that are not typically eaten for human health and wellness purposes.

Consumer Health and Wellness

Smithfield has made significant, continuous investments in product and process improvements over the years. We accelerated these efforts in 2020, working across our product portfolios to align and simplify ingredient choices, refine our brand offerings and harmonize manufacturing at our facilities.

As part of our reformulation road map, we announced 2025 targets to reduce both added sugars and sodium by 10% in all product lines. With efforts already underway, our aim is to review all formulations in production from 2020 and forward. Our commitments reflect our ongoing efforts to include ingredients in our recipes that are familiar to consumers — such as using cultured celery juice and cherry powder as alternatives to sodium nitrate and sodium erythorbate in our all-natural and uncured products. Cleaner labels are an important component of our communications with consumers. They provide shorter, easier-to-understand ingredient lists for the foods we put on their tables. Our online Glossary of Ingredients provides definitions of ingredients found in our foods.

Our international operations offer a wide assortment of food products that meet all EU nutrition and labeling standards. Consumers in Romania continue to look for local brands that are sustainably sourced and prepared with more identifiable ingredients and fewer overall. In Poland, several of our recent offerings are free from preservatives, MSG and phosphates.

Our Pure Farmland™ plant-based protein portfolio is yet another way we are innovating to meet consumer demand. Following the successful launch of our meatless product line in 2019 aimed at consumers seeking a flexitarian lifestyle, we listened to feedback to update our recipes to include non-genetically modified organism (GMO) soy, reduced saturated fat and sodium and increased protein in each serving. Our refreshed product line landed in grocery stores in spring 2020.

Smithfield BioScience

Our U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved Smithfield BioScience unit in Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of the only U.S. manufacturers of heparin, our core BioScience product. We have increased our production capacity through capital investment, making Smithfield BioScience a trusted manufacturer in the heparin industry. Heparin is an anticoagulant medication used to slow the formation of blood clots, typically used following surgery or during dialysis procedures, blood transfusions, medical-device implantation and other applications. We are immensely proud that heparin is among the therapeutics used to successfully speed recovery from COVID-19-related symptoms in some patients.

With the full integration of our 10 harvest facilities into our porcine byproduct supply chain underway, we continue to expand our production, doubling sales in 2020, with equal growth anticipated in 2021.

In addition, we are tirelessly pursuing innovations in other areas of therapeutics. For example, we are exploring customer partnerships as we develop new thyroid and heparinoid pharmaceutical ingredients

Regenerative Medicine

We also continued to explore ways to diversify in the biomedical field in 2020. While the pandemic slowed some of our work, we made headway in our partnership with the University of Virginia’s Center for Advanced Biomanufacturing, where we are exploring a range of regenerative medicine technologies. Our collaborative efforts to accelerate regenerative tissue research through the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) also are ongoing. These include innovations in state-of-the-art biomaterial and cell processing for critical U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and civilian needs, including the Wounded Warrior Project.

In 2020, we brought certain processes that we have typically outsourced in-house such as our collagen extraction and sausage casings operations, where we primarily extract and source heparin. Our aim is to support BioScience and regenerative medicine efforts while enhancing quality control throughout our supply chain.

Sodium Policy

View our Sodium Policy

Health and Wellness Spotlights

From reducing sodium and sugar in our fresh and packaged meats to our introduction of plant-based protein products, our chefs, food scientists and product development specialists are innovating to deliver great choices for today’s changing food preferences.

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Meeting Consumer Needs During the Pandemic

We accelerated our plans to roll out our e-commerce service support for our retail customers, including reformatting portion sizes to meet new market demands.

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Accessible, Transparent Ingredient Lists

The online glossary lists and describes ingredients used in products across the company's brands.

Our 2020 Sustainability Report outlines our efforts to make a lasting impact in our process and policies. It is a wide-reaching view of how we want to hold ourselves to the highest standards.

Download the report