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Health & 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. 

Our Approach to Health & Wellness

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.

Health & Wellness

At Smithfield Foods, “good” doesn’t stop with our products — it’s in everything we do. From easier-to-read nutrition and ingredients labels on our packaging to harvesting life saving drugs like heparin for use in hospitals, we’re not just producing good food — we're making good progress toward a healthier society.

Smithfield BioScience

Through our vertically integrated platform, Smithfield BioScience is developing lifesaving medical solutions from porcine-derived bioproducts.

Committed to Transparency

We were the first in our industry to publish an online ingredient glossary and are working to implement cleaner labeling. We’re also simplifying our ingredients, using cultured celery juice and cherry powder as alternatives to sodium nitrate and sodium erythorbate in our products.

Reducing Sodium and Sugars

We’ve committed to reduce added sodium and sugars 10% across our products by 2025.

Our Goals And Targets

In our continuing commitment to sustainability, Health and Wellness is new in 2020.
Reduce added sugars by 10% across our entire product line by 2025.
On Track
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.
On Track
Increase transparency through cleaner labeling across 100% of our product line by 2025.
On Track
Ensure a variety of products for different diets and needs.
On Track
Maximize our vertically-integrated supply chain to produce products critical to human health, including pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals.
On Track
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 have been feeding families with trusted products for over 80 years.

Consumer Health and Wellness

Ingredients Glossary


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.

Regenerative Medicine

Through partnerships with the University of Virginia’s Center for Advanced Biomanufacturing and the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI), we are exploring a range of regenerative medicine technologies to accelerate regenerative tissue research. 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.

Sodium Policy

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Download the 2021 Report

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