Smithfield Foods Hands Out 2011 Environmental Excellence Awards

Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:46am EDT

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SMITHFIELD, Va., Aug. 23, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Smithfield Foods, Inc.
(NYSE:SFD) rewarded several of its facilities and employees for the success of
their individual innovative environmental management projects during the
company's annual Environmental Excellence Awards banquet last week. The
implementation of these projects resulted in significant resource reductions
such as savings of 128 million gallons of water and 17 million kilowatts of
electricity in 2011. Combined, these projects also resulted in an annual cost
savings of over $13 million, requiring capital expenditures of only $5 million.

One President's Award and 10 Environmental Excellence Awards were presented in a
wide range of project categories representing Smithfield Foods' strong
commitment to sustainability: outreach, energy and water conservation,
wastewater handling and treatment, cleaner/greener production processes and/or
packaging, waste reduction -- pollution prevention, and best recycling of a
previous year's project.

The President's Award was presented to two employees of Smithfield's hog
production subsidiary, Murphy-Brown, LLC. These two employees produced a video
series entitled "Taking the Mystery Out of Pork Production." As the first
publicly available footage of its kind in the pork industry, the documentary
series provides an inside view of the pork production process, from farrow to
finish (www.takingoutthemystery.com). To date, the series has nearly 25,000
views, and was awarded two Telly Awards this past year.

A complete list of recipients and a brief description of each winning project
can be found below. In total, 168 projects were submitted.

Smithfield's Environmental Excellence Awards program inspires its employees to
practice creative environmental stewardship by recognizing outstanding internal
efforts in environmental management. Sharing best practices among Smithfield's
various companies drives improvement and spurs innovation across the company.

"These accomplishments reflect our employees' commitment to our proactive
corporate social responsibility program that is working at every level of our
company," said Bill Gill, assistant vice president for environmental affairs.

Dennis Treacy, Smithfield's senior vice president of corporate affairs and chief
sustainability officer, added, "Our award recipients have achieved meaningful
reductions in terms of our environmental impact and deserve to be recognized for
their hard work and innovation. Cost savings are great, but improving our
processes will help preserve the environment for future generations, and that's
something to strive for."

Close to 100 representatives of Smithfield Foods, John Morrell, Smithfield
Packing Company, Farmland Foods, and Murphy-Brown, along with invited guests,
attended the awards program. Ian Olson, director of sustainability for Darden
Restaurants, was the keynote speaker. Olson has taken a leadership role in
implementing alternative, sustainable practices across Darden's chains, which
include Red Lobster, Olive Garden and others.

In total, the various Smithfield operating company projects resulted in
approximately:

  --  128 million gallons of water saved
  --  17,402,247 kwhs of electricity conserved
  --  109,868 decatherms of natural gas not used
  --  2,336 tons of solid waste materials not landfilled
  --  3,397 tons of additional cardboard recycling
  --  166,365 gallons of diesel fuel not used


As previously stated, all of the above was realized at a capital expenditure of
$5 million and an annual cost reduction of $13.2 million.

Photos of the award winners can be viewed at
https://www.facebook.com/SmithfieldFoods?sk=photos.

About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $12 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(R), Smithfield(R), Eckrich(R), Armour(R) and John Morrell(R).
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.

The Smithfield Foods, Inc. logo is available at
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                        Comprehensive Awards List


Zero Hero Award

  Brian Paulsen               
  Premium Standard Farms      

The "Zero Hero" award is given to an individual who best exemplifies
Smithfield's goal of 100% compliance, 100% of the time, thereby aiming for its
facilities to receive zero notices of violation (NOVs).

Brian was selected for his work addressing compliance while integrating a
revolutionary odor management technology in Missouri as part of an agreement
with the state.

President's Award in Environmental Management ISO 14001/ Community Outreach

  Don Butler and Rhonda Campbell      
  Murphy-Brown                        

The President's Award was presented to two employees of Smithfield's hog
production subsidiary, Murphy-Brown, LLC. These two employees produced a video
series entitled "Taking the Mystery Out of Pork Production." As the first
publicly available footage of its kind in the pork industry, the documentary
series provides an inside view of the pork production process, from farrow to
finish (www.takingoutthemystery.com). To date, the series has nearly 25,000
views, and was awarded two Telly Awards this past year.

Cleaner/Greener Production Processes and/or Packaging



 
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------------------------------------- 

                                                                     Annual     
                                        
   Place       Company          Location            Winners          Savings    
              Description               
  --------  -------------  ------------------  -----------------  ------------- 
--------------------------------------- 

                                                                                
 The project involved installation of   
                                                                                
   automated box making equipment and   
               Farmland                           Sonny Wikoff                  
  'right-sizing' boxes, significantly   
     1st        Foods         Lincoln, Neb.     Steve Singleton      $625,677   
        reducing material usage.        
  --------  -------------  ------------------  -----------------  ------------- 
--------------------------------------- 

               Patrick                                                          
                                        
                Cudahy,                         Adam Lukaszewicz                
Reworked the bacon bits process so that 
             Golden Crisp                       Garrett Heintz                  
 product was more efficiently produced, 
                Premium                           Larry Gloden                  
 reducing the use of cardboard storage  
     2nd        Foods      Sioux Center, Iowa     Mark Anthony     $1,057,442   
         containers and liners.         
  --------  -------------  ------------------  -----------------  ------------- 
--------------------------------------- 

                                                                                
 Utilized an anaerobic digester system  
                                                Chris Matarrese                 
    at a nearby dairy farm to convert   
               Farmland                           Jim Shahen                    
  wastewater residuals into electrical  
     3rd        Foods         Arnold, Pa.         Mark Wilhelm       $251,756   
                energy.                 
  --------  -------------  ------------------  -----------------  ------------- 
--------------------------------------- 

Energy and Water Conservation



 
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------------------------------------- 

                                                                     Annual     
                                        
     Place       Company       Location           Winners            Savings    
              Description               
  ----------  ------------  -------------  ---------------------  ------------- 
--------------------------------------- 

                               Opole,       Andrzej Luboń                  
                                        
                               Poland         Krystian Kubitza                  
 Upgraded the plant's steam system to   
     1st         Animex                       Pawel Broniarz         $353,600   
    significantly improve efficiency.   
  ----------  ------------  -------------  ---------------------  ------------- 
--------------------------------------- 

Waste Reduction -- Pollution Prevention



 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------- 

                                                                                
        Annual                          
   Place                Company                    Location             Winners 
        Savings         Description     
  --------  -------------------------------  -------------------- 
-----------------  -------------  ------------------- 

                                                                                
                      A project which   
                                                                                
                     replaced cardboard 
                                                                                
                        combos with     
                                                                                
                      reusable plastic  
                                                                                
                     vats, reducing the 
                                                                     Donovan
Owens                    need for cardboard 
               Smithfield Packing Company       Tar Heel, N.C.        Terry
Orness                      containers and   
     1st                                                                        
      $1,011,640      plastic liners.   
  --------  -------------------------------  -------------------- 
-----------------  -------------  ------------------- 

                                                                                
                    Redesigned boxes to 
                                                                                
                      reduce the amount 
                                                                                
                        of material     
                                                                                
                       required while   
                                                                                
                        strengthening   
     2nd         Armour-Eckrich Meats          Mason City, Iowa     Patty
Sullivan       $240,516            them.       
  --------  -------------------------------  -------------------- 
-----------------  -------------  ------------------- 

                                                                                
                     Replaced aluminum  
                                                                                
                      baking pans with  
                                                                                
                     silicone parchment 
                                                                                
                      paper to reduce   
                                                                                
                        costs and the   
                                                                                
                     amount of material 
                                                                      Kirk
Griffin                       sent to the     
     3rd     Farmland Foods, Stefano Foods      Charlotte, N.C.        Lynn Huss
        $46,624           landfill.     
  --------  -------------------------------  -------------------- 
-----------------  -------------  ------------------- 

Best Recycling of a Previous Year's Project



 
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------------------------------------- 

     Place             Company                Location            Winners       
 Annual Savings         Description     
  ----------  -------------------------  ------------------  ---------------- 
-------------------  -------------------- 

                                                                                
                   This project reduced 
                                                                                
                     water consumption  
                                                                                
                     without impacting  
                                                                                
                     product quality by 
                                                              Charlie Knaack    
                         using an       
                                                                Dave Gersch     
                       intermittent,    
                                                                Larry Bluhm     
                        rather than     
                                                                Paul Weston     
                     continuous spray   
                                                              Peter Gilbert     
                    for cooling product 
     1st         Armour-Eckrich Meats       St. James, MN       Roger Klien     
   $107,028            after cooking.   
  ----------  -------------------------  ------------------  ---------------- 
-------------------  -------------------- 

Environmental Management ISO 14001/ Community Outreach



 
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------------------------------------- 

     Place                Company                   Location             Winners
                  Description           
  ----------  -------------------------------  ----------------- 
--------------------  -------------------------------- 

                                                                                
          In cooperation with Ducks     
                                                                                
         Unlimited and Soil and Water   
                                                                                
        Conservation in North Carolina, 
                                                                                
         constructed wetlands designed  
                                                                                
           for seasonal use as a duck   
                                                                       Bill Mays
           habitat. The project was     
                                                                     Dawn
Williamson      further enhanced by building a 
                                                  Turkey, N.C.         Don
Butler         raised walkway with a seating  
     1st         Murphy-Brown, Goodson Farm                         Kraig
Westerbeek        area for bird enthusiasts.   
  ----------  -------------------------------  ----------------- 
--------------------  -------------------------------- 

Wastewater Handling and Treatment



 
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------------------------------------- 

     Place                Company                   Location             Winners
          Annual Savings    Description 
  ----------  -------------------------------  ------------------ 
-------------------  -------------------  ----------- 

                                                                                
                             Automated  
                                                                                
                             wastewater 
                                                                                
                              treatment 
                                                                                
                              processes 
                                                                                
                              resulting 
                                                                                
                             in reduced 
                                                                                
                              chemical  
                                                                                
                              usage and 
                                                                                
                              improved  
                                                                                
                                water   
     1st         Smithfield Packing Company       Clinton, N.C.       Norman
Johnson         $407,432         treatment. 
  ----------  -------------------------------  ------------------ 
-------------------  -------------------  ----------- 

CONTACT: Keira Lombardo
         Smithfield Foods, Inc.
         (757) 365-3050
         keiralombardo@smithfieldfoods.com
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