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NAMI Awards Smithfield Foods' U.S. Facilities for Environmental Achievements

SMITHFIELD, Va., March 3, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Smithfield Foods announced today that several of the company's United States facilities received a total of 49 awards this year from the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) for their environmental achievements.

The awards were presented to Smithfield employees during NAMI's annual Environmental Achievement and Recognition Awards program in Atlanta, Ga.

"All of our Smithfield Foods companies take their environmental responsibilities very seriously, and it's gratifying to see that the hard work and dedication of our employees is recognized through these awards," said Dennis H. Treacy, Smithfield's executive vice president and chief sustainability officer.

The NAMI Environmental Achievement Awards are presented to those member companies that go beyond environmental compliance by designing and successfully implementing an innovative plant upgrade or environmental program. In order to qualify for an award, all participants must submit supporting data on natural resources, financial or other metrics to document their submissions. There are four tiers of achievement and recognition awards.

NAMI presented achievement or recognition awards to 49 Smithfield Foods facilities throughout the U.S.
A complete list of NAMI and Smithfield's internal award recipients can be found below.

Achievement Award Winners
ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY, OUTREACH AND TRAINING
First Place Smithfield Farmland Lincoln, Nebraska
Second Place Patrick Cudahy, LLC Cudahy, Wisconsin
Third Place Smithfield Farmland Smithfield, Virginia
POLLUTION PREVENTION
First Place Saratoga Food Specialties Bolingbrook, Illinois
Second Place Circle Four Farms Milford, Utah
Third Place John Morrell Food Group Springfield, Massachusetts
RESOURCE CONSERVATION
Second Place Circle Four Farms Milford, Utah
Second Place Smithfield Farmland Milan, Missouri
SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY
First Place Premium Pet Health, LLC Denver, Colorado
Second Place Circle Four Farms Milford, Utah

Environmental Recognition Awards is a four-tier, voluntary environmental management system toolbox. The program begins in Tier 1 with simple environmental compliance policies and culminates with an ISO 14001 EMS as Tier 4, the most complex program.

NAMI recognized 39 Smithfield Foods facilities with Environmental Recognition Awards, all in Tier 4.

Environmental Award Winners
TIER 4
814 Americas, Inc. Elizabeth, New Jersey
Circle Four Farms Milford, Utah
Farmland Foods, Inc. Crete, Nebraska
Farmland Foods, Inc. Salt Lake City, Utah
John Morrell Food Group Cincinnati, Ohio
John Morrell Food Group Junction City, Kansas
John Morrell Food Group St. Charles, Illinois
John Morrell Food Group Mason City, Iowa
John Morrell Food Group Omaha, Nebraska
John Morrell Food Group Peru, Indiana
John Morrell Food Group Sioux Center, Iowa
John Morrell Food Group Sioux City, Iowa
John Morrell Food Group Sioux Falls, South Dakota
John Morrell Food Group Springfield, Massachusetts
John Morrell Food Group St. James, Minnesota
Mohawk Packing Company San Jose, California
Murphy Brown, LLC. Ames, Iowa
Murphy Brown, LLC Laurinburg, North Carolina
Murphy Brown, LLC Princeton, Missouri
Murphy Brown, LLC Rose Hill, North Carolina
Murphy Brown, LLC Waverly, Virginia
Murphy Brown, LLC Warsaw, North Carolina
Murphy Brown, LLC Yuma, Colorado
Patrick Cudahy, LLC Cudahy, Wisconsin
Premium Pet Health Denver, Colorado
Premium Pet Health Smithfield, Virginia
Premium Pet Health Orange City, Iowa
Saratoga Food Specialties Bolingbrook, Illinois
Smithfield Farmland Arnold, Pennsylvania
Smithfield Farmland Clayton, North Carolina
Smithfield Farmland Cumming, Georgia
Smithfield Farmland Denison, Iowa
Smithfield Farmland Grayson, Kentucky
Smithfield Farmland Kansas City, Missouri
Smithfield Farmland Lincoln, Nebraska
Smithfield Farmland Middlesboro, Kentucky
Smithfield Farmland Milan, Missouri
Smithfield Farmland Monmouth, Illinois
Stefano Foods, Inc. Charlotte, North Carolina


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.