Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced the completion of the acquisition of Clougherty Packing LLC, parent company of Farmer John and Saag's Specialty Meats brands, and PFFJ LLC farm operations from Hormel Foods Corporation. The closing followed the approval of the sale by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
Clougherty Packing LLC is based in Southern California and is a leading integrated producer and processor of a full line of branded pork products. Founded in 1931, Farmer John is the No. 1 bacon and sausage brand in Southern California. Saag's Specialty Meats is a premium brand of deli meat and specialty sausage made without any artificial flavors, colors, fillers, extenders or MSG. Along with two California-based processing facilities, Smithfield will acquire three PFFJ LLC farms located in Arizona, California and Wyoming. Altogether, the operations will add 2,000 employees, growing Smithfield's total workforce to 52,000.
"We are proud to officially welcome Farmer John to our growing Smithfield family—a move that has already created new value for our combined operations and set the stage for a strong 2017," said Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and CEO of Smithfield Foods. "With this one acquisition, we've created a more efficient supply chain coast-to-coast and expanded our operations, product portfolio as well as our customer and consumer base."
Smithfield will welcome three farms located in Arizona, California and Wyoming into its hog production division. Kenneth J. Baptist, vice president of operations for Smithfield's packaged meats division, will now lead Farmer John operations, which includes both the Farmer John and Saag's Specialty Meats brands. Baptist has more than a decade of experience at Smithfield and more than 30 years of experience in the food industry.