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Daniel Kapella Named President of Patrick Cudahy

SMITHFIELD, Va., Feb. 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced today that Daniel Kapella has been promoted to president of Patrick Cudahy LLC, effective March 1.

In this role, Kapella will lead the day-to-day management of the company. The current president, William Otis, will transition to a new position as executive vice president of operations, packaged meats division for Smithfield Foods.

Kapella has served as senior vice president of sales and marketing, foodservice for Patrick Cudahy® since July 2011. He previously had been vice president of sales and marketing. Kapella began his career at Patrick Cudahy in 1986, working part time as he completed his business administration degree at Marquette University. He recently earned a master's degree from Alverno College.

Patrick Cudahy is a brand of Smithfield Foods.

About Patrick Cudahy

Since 1888, Patrick Cudahy has used the finest ingredients to create products that deliver quality, flavor and value. Creator of the original sweet apple-wood smoked flavor, Patrick Cudahy is committed to helping operators build strong reputations and long-lasting relationships with their customers.

About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $14 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 Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Farmland®, Armour®, Cook's®, Gwaltney®, John Morrell®, Kretschmar®, Curly's®, Carando®, Margherita® and Healthy Ones®. 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 and www.smithfieldcommitments.com.

CONTACT: Kathleen Kirkham Smithfield Foods, Inc. (757) 365-1965 kathleenkirkham@smithfieldfoods.com

Source:Smithfield Foods, Inc.