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Smithfield Foods Hands Out 2012 Environmental Excellence Awards to Company Facilities and Employees

Friday, June 29, 2012

Smithfield Foods Hands Out 2012 Environmental Excellence Awards to Company Facilities and Employees05:30 EDT Friday, June 29, 2012SMITHFIELD, Va., June 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Smithfield Foods, Inc. (NYSE:SFD) has recognized several of the company's facilities and employees for their successful efforts in "creating sustainable value" by implementing and managing innovative environmental projects. As a result of these projects, Smithfield was able to save 219 million gallons of water and 12 million kilowatts of electricity. These reductions, along with other conservation measures included in the project submissions, resulted in an annual cost savings of more than $12 million. The environmental achievements of the past year were recognized during the company's annual Environmental Excellence Awards banquet last week. One President's Award and 12 Environmental Excellence Awards were presented for a wide range of project categories that represent Smithfield's companywide commitment to sustainability: community outreach; wastewater treatment and handling; environmental training and/or ISO 14001; resource conservation-waste reduction; packaging reduction; and best recycling of a previous year's project. The President's Award was presented to Farmland Foods, of Crete, Nebraska, for its community outreach project. Farmland and Smithfield have partnered with the TeamMates Mentoring Program in Crete for the past two years as part of Learners to Leaders, the company's educational outreach initiative. Together, Learners to Leaders and TeamMates help young students find the confidence they need to succeed in life by pairing them with a caring adult mentor who provides guidance and support on a regular basis. Mentors, comprised of volunteers in the Crete community, including several Farmland employees, spend one hour every week with their assigned middle or high school student. A complete list of categories and award recipients can be found below. In total, 167 companywide projects were submitted for review. "Every day, our employees are working very hard to continually improve our environmental management processes, and their efforts and innovations have resulted in measurable sustainability achievements," said Dennis H. Treacy, Smithfield's executive vice president and chief sustainability officer, Smithfield's Environmental Excellence Awards program is intended to inspire employees to practice creative environmental stewardship by recognizing outstanding internal efforts in environmental management. Sharing best practices among Smithfield's various operating companies drives improvement and spurs innovation across the company.About Smithfield Foods Smithfield Foods is a $13 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 and www.smithfieldcommitments.com. The Smithfield Foods, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=7622President's Award Community OutreachFarmland, CreteIndividual Facility AwardsWastewater Treatment and Handling1st Place – Granjas Carroll de Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V., Farm 15 Complex: Rafael Patino & Manuel RodriguezHonorable Mention: John Morrell, Armour-Eckrich Foods, St. James:  Jeremy Brekken and Raymond MerciecaHonorable Mention: John Morrell, Springdale: Barry MillerEnvironmental Training and/or ISO 140011st Place – Smithfield Packing Company, Corporate HQ: Ruth Debrito2nd Place – Smithfield Packing Company, Clayton Distribution Center: John Wood and Paul PhillipsHonorable Mention: S.C. Smithfield Ferme S.R.L.; S.C. Smithfield Prod S.R.L., S.C. Agroalim Distribution S.R.L., S.C. Frigorifer S.A.: Mircea Bitca, Codrut Dan, Mihaela Rad, Madalina Barcan, and Catalin VarlanHonorable Mention: Smithfield Packing, North: Daniel Noack and Chris RogersResource Conservation - Waste Reduction1st Place – Smithfield Prod, Timisoara: Mihaela Rad and Lilioara Stredie2nd Place – Norson, Frigorifico Agropecuaria Sonorense S. de R.L. de C.V.: Ricardo Ferra3rd Place – John Morrell, Sioux Falls: Justin MollerHonorable Mention: John Morrell, Patrick Cudahy, Golden Crisp: Larry Gloden, Mike Mulder, and Maintenance CrewHonorable Mention: Animex, Starachowice: Bogdan Świderski and Dariusz OlejkoHonorable Mention: John Morrell, Springdale: John KellerPackaging Reduction1st Place – Farmland Foods, Salt Lake City: Teresa Powell, Scott Davis, and Martin Mendenhall2nd Place – Farmland Foods, Monmouth: Andy Zuspann, George Enderlin, Isaac Yoder, and Rick MillerBest Recycling of a Previous Year's Project1st Place – John Morrell, 814 Americas:  Osvaldo AltragraciaCommunity Outreach1st Place – John Morrell, Springfield Carando: Denis Punch, Moe Lavoie, Lucy Manos, Melody Rivera, Normand Boutin, Peter Manga, Luis Cintron, John Damato, Jose Mendez, and Jorge Cardona2nd Place – Premium Standard Farms, LLC, Princeton, MO: Holly Boxley, Michael Rainwater, Brian Paulsen, and Bill Homann3rd Place – John Morrell, Armour Eckrich Meats, Mason City: Kathy MostromHonorable Mention: Smithfield Packing, Middlesboro: Gary Schatz, Ron Carter, and Terry O'RourkeHonorable Mention: Farmland Foods, Crete: EMS TeamCONTACT: Keira Lombardo Smithfield Foods, Inc. (757) 365-3050 keiralombardo@smithfieldfoods.com