September 28, 2022
Smithfield Foods states commitment to ending food insecurity
Smithfield Foods has submitted commitments to fighting hunger and food insecurity to the US White House in advance of its Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, which will be held on September 28.
The company has pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades and made long-term commitments to improve food access and affordability, integrate nutrition and health and empower all consumers to make and have access to healthy choices.
"Smithfield Foods has been an integral part of the fabric of our communities for more than 80 years since our founding in Smithfield, Virginia (the United States), in 1936," said Shane Smith, president and chief executive officer of Smithfield. "The commitments we are sharing with the White House… are not brand-new goals for us; we have been focused on fighting food insecurity and hunger, supporting our communities and driving innovation in sustainability for decades. We look forward to working side by side with the many public and private sector stakeholders participating in this conference to continue to drive transformative change to end hunger."
Smithfield submitted the following commitments for inclusion in the conference:
- Pillar 1: Improve food access and affordability. Committed to donating 200 million servings of protein valued at US$200 million by 2025; donated more than 107 million servings of protein valued at more than US$101 million during the pandemic when food banks needed it most; continuously drive operational efficiencies across Smithfield's integrated value chain to produce more with less, ensuring a consistent supply of widely accessible and affordable, high-quality, nutrient-dense protein;
- Pillar 2: Integrate nutrition and health. Developing innovative solutions to increase the functionality and viability of Smithfield's byproducts for the advanced development of pharmaceuticals and medical devices through the Smithfield BioScience platform; offering enhanced benefits, educational programmes and screenings for all full-time Smithfield employees through our "Let's Get Healthy Together!" programme;
- Pillar 3: Empower all consumers to make and have access to healthy choices. First in the industry to publish an online ingredient glossary, providing clear information about ingredients added to enrich flavor, expand variety and enhance food safety; increasing transparency through cleaner labeling across 100% of Smithfield's product line by 2025; reducing sugars and sodium by 10% across Smithfield's entire product line by 2025; simplifying and transforming ingredients in the company's all-natural and naturally cured products; reducing allergens such as wheat and sesame derivatives; ensuring a variety of products to meet consumer dietary requirements.