Smithfield Foods, Inc.
is the world’s largest pork
producer and processor. Headquartered in Smithfield, Virginia
, it runs facilities in 26 U.S. states, including the world's largest meat-processing plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina
, and has operations in Brazil
, and the United Kingdom
.Turner, Tyya N. Vault Guide to the Top Consumer Products Employers
. Vault Inc., 2005, p. 323. JBS S.A.
acquired Smithfield Foods'
s beef business. It was renamed JBS Packerland
Smithfield was started in 1936 as the Smithfield Packing Company
, now its largest subsidiary, then acquired companies such as Eckrich
, Farmland Foods
, and Premium Standard Farms
. It was able to grow as a result of its highly industrialized pig production in North Carolina
, raising the pigs using a "vertical integration" system, whereby it controls the animals from conception to slaughter, housing thousands of them together in barns covered with metal roofs.Ong, Aihwa and Collier, Stephen J. Collier. Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems
. Wiley-Blackwell, 2005, p. 178.
- Also see Fainaru, Steve. , The Washington Post, May 10, 2009. It has sold......