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   Smithfield And World Food Championships Partner To Create New Pork Category
by Smithfield Foods
Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017 at 3:57PM EDT

SMITHFIELD, Va. -- Smithfield, the largest pork producer in the industry, will be joining the World Food Championships as a sponsor in 2017. The 6th annual event, held in Orange Beach, Ala. November 8-14, is the largest competition in the food world, bringing together top chefs and home cooks from around the globe, each of whom has won a qualifying contest. This year, in partnership with Smithfield, the WFC will host an ancillary Pork Loin Challenge to supplement their Kansas City Barbecue Society and International Barbeque Cookers Association-sanctioned World Barbecue Championship.

Smithfield Prime Pork Loins will be distributed to up to 100 teams who have qualified for the World Barbecue Championship during an ancillary contest taking place on Thursday, November 9. All participants will have free reign to prepare their Smithfield Prime Pork Loin in any way they choose for additional cash prizes. Contestants are encouraged to use their creativity to showcase the versatility of the product and can break down the loins into specialty cuts such as chops, cubes, and strips before cooking them on a grill or smoker.

“We are delighted to be featuring Smithfield in our BBQ Championship this year,” commented Mike McCloud, President/CEO of WFC. “Smithfield is a world-class company and a great partner, one that our Food Champs love to compete with in professional Food Sport events.”  

“Smithfield has been continuing to invest in barbecue as a Food Sport and we are thrilled to be sponsoring the Smithfield Pork Loin Challenge at the 2017 World Food Championships,” added Emily Detwiler, Director of Fresh Pork Marketing at Smithfield Foods. “This event will allow the challengers to showcase the versatility of and drive inspiration on the ease of grilling Smithfield Fresh Pork.”

About Smithfield
A leading provider of high-quality pork products, Smithfield was founded in 1936 in Smithfield, Virginia. From hand-trimmed ribs, loins and bacon and slow-smoked holiday hams to marinated tenderloins, 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, ribs, and a wide variety of fresh pork cuts, the company services retail, foodservice, and deli channels across the United 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, and 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®, Nathan's Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, John Morrell®, Cook's®, Kretschmar®, Gwaltney®, Curly's®, Margherita®, Carando®, Healthy Ones®, Krakus®, Morliny®, and Berlinki®. 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

About the World Food Championships
The World Food Championships ( features 500 culinary champions seeking food fame and fortune. The sixth annual event, scheduled for Nov. 8-14, 2017 at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama, will conduct 10 category championships before culminating in a high-stakes Final Table showdown for hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. For all WFC updates, follow World Food Championships on Twitter (@WorldFoodChamp), and Facebook and Instagram (@WorldFoodChampionships).

Source:  Smithfield Foods

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