Small Town Beginning, Global Reach
In 1936, the Luter family began a small packing plant in
Smithfield, Virginia, that would one day grow to become Smithfield
Foods, even allowing the town of Smithfield to come to be known as
the Ham Capital of the World. Our founders knew that future success
lay in providing high quality, affordable products. Step by step,
Smithfield Foods expanded and developed. During the 1980s, the
company began differentiating itself by managing its supply of hogs
from conception to processing. By the end of 1998, Smithfield Foods
was the number one pork producer in the United States and growing
With expansion came change and the need to address global needs
around the world.
In 2006, Larry Pope succeeded Joseph W. Luter, III as chief
executive officer of Smithfield Foods. Under his leadership,
Smithfield developed an industry-leading sustainability program
focused on the environment, animal care, employees, food safety,
communities and value creation.
On September 26, 2013, Smithfield Foods announced the completion
of a definitive merger agreement with Shuanghui International
Holdings Limited. We remain focused on producing food that we are
proud to serve to our friends and family. We look forward to
continuing to feed millions of people each year with pork that is
both delicious and affordable.