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Smithfield Foods to Reassess Its Entire U.S. Water Supply Footprint and Intensify its Water Conservation Efforts

SMITHFIELD, Virginia., April 21, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced today that it will conduct a comprehensive watershed and water use analysis in its vertically integrated operations to increase efficiency in the use of company water supply and sustainable practices and supplies. As part of the initiative, Smithfield will also adopt internationally recognized water management standards by 2025 to support its long-term water management goals.

The comprehensive water conservation effort will update previous water assessments and inform updated strategies related to water use, quality and availability in all of the hog farms owned by the company. ‘corporate and contracted, in manufacturing facilities and in grain supplier operations from Smithfield’s domestic wallet. The assessments will promote sustainable water use and access to local water sources, inform site-specific performance and conservation goals, and reduce the risk of future supply problems.

This new initiative builds on the efforts Smithfield has been committed over the past decade to reducing water consumption at its farms and production facilities, which use ISO 14001: 2015 certified environmental management systems (EMS) to set consumption reduction targets water and assess potential new efficiencies. Additional efforts underway to conserve water include strict regulation of nutrient application on corporate and subcontractor pig farms, introducing innovations into the grain supply chain to protect the water from fertilizer runoff and partnering with local water authorities to reduce the impacts of groundwater use.

“Responsible management of water and other finite natural resources is an essential component of sustainable food production and essential to our role as an environmentally conscious protein society,” said Stewart leeth, Director of Sustainability at Smithfield Foods. “Because our business operations depend on water to produce food and support animal care, we continually assess our water consumption and seek innovations that further conserve resources and implement the best available technologies.

Two-thirds of the company’s water consumption is used for cooking and sanitation in its treatment facilities. In its agricultural operations, water is essential for Smithfield’s animals for drinking and for sanitation, cooling and biosecurity.

Smithfield’s The water policy outlines the company’s commitments to proactively address water quality, use and conservation efforts in cooperation with environmental consultants, experts and community regulators. local.

About Smithfield Foods, Inc.

Based at Smithfield, Virginia Since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. has been an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. Our 40,000 team members in the US and 15,000 European employees are dedicated to producing “Great Food.” Responsibly.®“and we have made us one of the world’s leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including many industry firsts, such as our ambitious commitment to reduce our carbon impact by 25% by 2025. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have given hundreds of millions of servings of food to our neighbors in need. Smithfield has a portfolio of iconic, high-quality brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan’s Famous®, among many others. For more information visit, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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