December 2018 Issue

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Smithfield Foods has seen good times and bad. But Smithfield is on a roll again, buoyed by U.S. fascination with protein, foreign markets for pork and some recent acquisitions. For a whole host of reasons, we name the $15 billion global pork leader our 2018 Processor of the Year. We devote three stories in our December issue to Smithfield: its history and management, its product development process and its manufacturing philosophy.

Our Wellness Foods section looks at how foods are helping curb diabetes and what sprouting adds to ingredients. Our Plant Operations section looks at data from end-of-line machines, primarily weighing and packaging. Plus our regular departments of news, commentary, new consumer products and John Stanton's marketing column.

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