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About Smithfield & Smithfield Foods, Inc.

About Smithfield & Smithfield Foods, Inc.

The Beginning

In 1936, Joseph W. Luter and his son founded a small meat-packing company, The Smithfield Packing Company, along the tributary of the historic James River in the colonial town of Smithfield, Virginia.

Using a unique curing process and handcrafted approach, they produced the “Genuine Smithfield Ham” which soon won worldwide acclaim as the centerpiece of holiday meals and other special occasions.

It was here in Smithfield that our brand came to life. We’re dedicated to staying true to the essence of what this place stands for: appreciation for quality, tradition, family and the welcoming taste of a home-cooked meal.

We’re proud of where we came from — the place flavor calls home.


Our Products

Our legendary hams continue to be highly anticipated holiday traditions. In addition, we have an impressive portfolio of products that include bacon, pork loins, pork chops, ham steaks, ground pork, sausage, lunchmeat and more. Anytime Favorites, frozen breakfast sausage and pre-marinated pork tenderloins are our newest solutions for today’s busy lifestyles. After all, a hectic world is even more reason why families deserve the flavor of Smithfield.

A long-standing hallmark of the Smithfield brand is attention to detail. Every piece of meat is hand-trimmed and hand-selected with care. In other words, we do things the right way. The authentic way.

Our Promise

Smithfield has a passion for flavor, quality and freshness, and so do our customers. We continuously look for opportunities to share recipes, inspire culinary curiosity and encourage an adventurous spirit in the kitchen. Nothing delights us more than to see our products realize their full potential — on the plate and on the palate.

With Smithfield, it’s so much more than food. It’s flavor that brings family and friends together, creating moments of connection and lifelong memories. Celebrating life and meaningful occasions is at the heart of our commitment to quality and the promise of premium flavor.

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