In its more than 80-year history, Smithfield Foods Inc. has transformed from a small meatpacking plant to a global consumer packaged goods and protein company. This evolution began with Smithfield aggressively buying out competitors as well as a few processors that brought the company into new categories. It also included Smithfield itself being acquired, by a Chinese company.Today, the company has 45 facilities across the U.S., many the result of acquisitions, plus operations in Mexico, Poland, Romania and the U.K. It employs more than 54,000 people worldwide. Its 14 core brands are Smithfield, Eckrich, Nathan’s Famous, Farmland, Armour, Farmer John, Kretschmar, John…Full Story
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