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What We Believe

Smithfield is the pork brand people ask for by name. Why? Because there’s a commitment to quality and a promise of flavor that comes with our name. From hand-trimmed bacon to slow-smoked holiday hams, we bring artistry and authenticity to everything we make. Does it take a bit more time and effort to live up to those high standards? Sure. But we wouldn’t have it any other way.

What We Make

We make pork and only pork. Our ever-expanding line of pork products currently includes bacon, pork loins, pork chops, ham steaks, spiral hams, diced ham, ground pork and so much more. All of our products are born and raised in the USA and meet the highest quality and safety standards in the industry.

How We Got Started

In 1936, Joseph W. Luter and his son founded a small meat-packing company, The Smithfield Packing Company, along the tributary of the historic James River in the colonial town of Smithfield, Virginia. Over 60 years later, the “Genuine Smithfield Ham” that brought them worldwide acclaim is still born, bred and produced only in Smithfield. We now have a line of quality meats so vast, it’s helped make the parent company, Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest producer of pork products. Thanks to our heritage and commitment to flavor, Smithfield is now known as the “Ham Capital of the World.”

Why Smithfield?

We are committed to setting the industry standard for providing our customers with the highest quality and safest U.S. born and bred products possible. And the USDA’s certification of our management practices confirms that we are living up to our commitments.


A Shared Passion. A Shared Heritage.

Smithfield has been the leading ham distributor in the world for over 250 years, bringing flavor to families everywhere. The pride, quality and heritage that people expect from Smithfield hams goes for all Smithfield pork, too. Through our Fresh Meat and Packaged Food groups, Smithfield provides a broad selection of quality products for retail, foodservice, and deli customers. Primary product lines include fresh pork, bacon, cooked hams, lunchmeat, sausages, and hot dogs.

In addition to the Smithfield brand, our Farmland, Gwaltney, Cook’s, Cumberland Gap, and Esskay products are among the leaders in their respective markets. Smithfield has a large and growing international business, exporting products to more than 60 countries across six continents. With more than 21,800 employees, $994 million in wages, and $6.3 million in community donations, Smithfield Farmland is the prime and perfect place for  employees to call home.