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Smithfield Foods Names Don Butler Director of Corporate Affairs

SMITHFIELD, Va., Oct. 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced today that Don Butler will be promoted to Director of Corporate Affairs, and will be dedicated to stakeholder engagement in North Carolina. Butler is a native North Carolinian and has served the company for 24 years, most recently as director of government relations and public affairs.

In his new role, Butler will focus his efforts in North Carolina where Smithfield has its largest investment and over ten thousand employees, the most in any state. He will be officed in Raleigh, NC and engage with a variety of stakeholders including elected officials, governmental and non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, private businesses, the media and other interested parties. In addition, he will serve as a Smithfield spokesperson in North Carolina.

During his tenure with the company, Butler has been responsible for the development and implementation of the world’s first Environmental Management System (EMS) for a livestock operation, in order to achieve certification under the ISO 14001 Standard, considered to be the international gold standard for environmental management. All of the company’s farms and processing facilities worldwide are now ISO 14001 certified. Smithfield is the only company in the pork industry to achieve this distinction.

Butler also led the development of a comprehensive animal care program for the company using the management system approach. Today, Smithfield is widely considered to be the leader in responsible animal care within the United States pork industry. In addition, he has served as sustainability officer for the company’s Hog Production Division.

Butler is past President of the National Pork Producers Council and the North Carolina Pork Council.

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.

Contact: Kathleen Kirkham Smithfield Foods, Inc. (757) 365-1965 kkirkham@smithfield.com

Source:Smithfield Foods