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Smithfield Foods Moves Up on Newsweek's List of Top U.S. 'Green' Companies

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Smithfield Foods Moves Up on Newsweek's List of Top U.S. 'Green' Companies13:30 EDT Wednesday, October 19, 2011SMITHFIELD, Va., Oct. 19, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In Newsweek magazine's latest ranking of the environmental performance of America's 500 largest public companies, Smithfield Foods, Inc. (NYSE:SFD) jumped up 68 positions from its 2010 finish. "It's obvious to me that the hard work and dedication of our employees was the main reason why our company scored a significant improvement in Newsweek's assessment of 'green' companies," said C. Larry Pope, president and chief executive officer at Smithfield Foods. "But that said, we're certainly not satisfied. Our mission is to be the most socially responsible food producer that we can be, and we strive for continual improvement," he added. Newsweek's 2011 Green Rankings placed Smithfield Foods at number 417, compared to 485 a year ago. The national news magazine compares the actual environmental footprints; management performance, including policies, initiatives and controversies; and reporting practices of the 500 largest U.S. companies. Newsweek teamed up with two leading environmental research organizations, Trucost and Sustainalytics, to develop the comprehensive rankings.About Smithfield Foods Smithfield Foods is a $12 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Farmland®, Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Armour® and John Morrell®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental, and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com. The Smithfield Foods, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=7622CONTACT: Keira Lombardo Smithfield Foods, Inc. (757) 365-3050 keiralombardo@smithfieldfoods.com