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Photo Release -- Smithfield Porkifies Game Day With "Most Valuable Pork" Contest

SMITHFIELD, Va., Oct. 1, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Porkify. "The art of propelling average recipes to maximum deliciousness by adding or substituting juicy, mouthwatering pork." This fall, Smithfield is encouraging foodies nationwide to proudly submit their "porkfied" recipes through the "Most Valuable Pork" online contest. Ten (10) lucky contestants whose photos showcase the most creative use of pork will receive the ultimate game day prize package of a Weber® 22" Smokey Mountain Cooker, grilling accessories, seasonings, a cookbook and more.

Smithfield Porkinator Sandwich




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"At Smithfield, we're always looking for new ways for consumers to enjoy pork and were interested to see what our Smithfield fans were already doing and reward them for it," said Dennis Pittman, Smithfield Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. "When cooking with pork, the options are endless, and we can't wait to see what kind of creations our fans come up with through this contest."

Several fans have already accepted the challenge, creatively weaving and wrapping fresh pork into their everyday meals. Those looking for their own chance to win can visit www.porkify.com for inspirational dishes such as "The Porkinator." This ultimate pork sandwich is far from average with Smithfield Mesquite Seasoned Pork Loin Filet, Smithfield Hickory Smoked Bacon, chipotle hot sauce, smoked paprika, mayonnaise and extra sharp white cheddar cheese all piled between two toasted slices of fresh bread.

Now through November 1, fans can enter the "Most Valuable Pork" contest by uploading a photo of their own "porkified" dish to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #Porkify and #Contest. Eligible photos will be automatically uploaded to www.porkify.com, where fans can vote on their favorite. The top 30 entries to receive the most votes will be named finalists. The finalists will then be judged by Smithfield to determine the ten (10) grand prize winners.

The winner will be notified by mid-November. The entry limit is one per person per day regardless of entry method. For official rules, recipes and to view and vote on entries, please visit www.porkify.com.

About Smithfield

A leading provider of high-quality pork products, Smithfield was founded in 1936 in Smithfield, Virginia, establishing the town as the "Ham Capital of the World." From hand-trimmed bacon to slow-smoked holiday hams, Smithfield brings artistry, authenticity and a commitment to heritage, flavor, and handcrafted excellence to everything it produces. With a vast product portfolio including smoked meats, hams, bacon, sausage, and fresh pork cuts, the company services retail, foodservice, and deli channels across the Unites States and 30 countries abroad. All of Smithfield's products meet the highest quality and safety standards in the industry. To learn more about how Flavor Hails from Smithfield, please visit www.Smithfield.com, www.Twitter.com/SmithfieldBrand, and www.Facebook.com/CookingWithSmithfield. Smithfield is a brand of Smithfield Foods.

About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $15 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®, John Morrell®, Gwaltney®, Nathan's Famous®, Kretschmar®, Margherita®, Curly's®, Carando® 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

The photo is also available at AP PhotoExpress.

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Source:Smithfield Foods, Inc.