Smithfield Foods to Buy Dry Sausage Facility From Cargill

USAgNet - 06/12/2024

Smithfield Foods has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase a premier dry sausage production facility in Nashville, Tennessee, from Cargill. The transaction will fuel Smithfield's strategy of continued growth in the value-added packaged meats segment, enhancing its ability to serve growing demand for high-quality pepperoni, deli, charcuterie and other dry sausage products.

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close by the end of July 2024 and is subject to customary closing conditions.

"This transaction is a testament to our continued focus on growing our packaged meats business by staying ahead of and delivering on our customers' preferences. Dry sausage is one of our fastest-growing categories, and acquiring this facility from Cargill will better position us to improve sales, drive volume and increase our capacity to bring high-quality dry sausage products to the foodservice, industrial and retail sectors," said Steve France, president of packaged meats for Smithfield Foods. "We look forward to serving this facility's existing customers and welcoming a new group of team members to Smithfield Foods," France added.

Production from the Nashville facility will support Smithfield's existing portfolio of dry sausage brands, including Margherita, Carando and Armour, adding dry sausage production capacity of 50 million pounds per year. The U.S. retail/deli dry sausage segment is projected to grow from $4.7 billion in 2023 to $6.9 by 2030. In the foodservice segment, 65% of pizzeria operators expect gross annual sales to be up over the next 12 months, with 44% expecting sales to be up 5% or more.

Smithfield will make formal offers of employment to the approximately 160 active Cargill Nashville employees for the same positions they currently hold, with no changes to their current base pay, and provide a benefits package that includes comprehensive medical coverage, a free-tuition program and other benefits.


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