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Unread 07-03-2013, 07:30 PM   #1
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Default Who produces pork other than Smithfield?

Looking into options to Smithfield pork products. Anybody have suggestions?
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Unread 07-03-2013, 07:34 PM   #2
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Out of curiosity is this what piqued your curiosity or just coincidence?

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/may...ducer-20130530
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I would turn to others...

Smithfield was purchased by a Chinese company...
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IBP or Swift, I have seen both at Costco this sat weekend however they still carry Smithfield that I will try to avoid. I feel the same way you do on this subject.
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We have Prarie Fresh in Memphis. They're out of Shawnee Mission, Kansas.

http://www.seaboardfoods.com/Prairie...rand/Index.htm

I like this brand.
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Farmland natural for us!
Ibp if I can't find farmland.
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Jasonjax- I am pissed off at how Paula Dean was fired as their spokesperson. The article sure did have an impact also.
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Just an FYI IBP is owned by Tyson
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You can find good Hormel pork, but you have to watch out for the "Always Tender" stuff. Not good.
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I buy Farmland now. Every since smithfield got bought out . There quality has tanked . There butts don't even look like butt as they are so butcher and hacked up in the package .
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Jasonjax- I am pissed off at how Paula Dean was fired as their spokesperson. The article sure did have an impact also.
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I'm not even a PD fan but this PC BS (boy, that's a bunch of code-talk) just pisses me off. I generally use IBP or Farmland and have always been happy with either. Just after the Chinese deal I bought some Smithfield butts, packaged 2 per cryo, 15.6#, nominal 8# each. One was like 11# and the 4#-5# and both were hacked up to the point they were a PITA to cook!
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D'Artagnan has boneless berkshire butts.
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Good info here. I used to start my channel surfing on the FN and go from there. Not anymore. That channel has been expunged from my house. Sounds like Smithfield pork needs to be as well.
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Smithfields owns Farmland too. I learned this in a discussion with a Smithfield's east coast rep for fresh pork.

I wish we had Seaboard products here in NC more often. IBP has good pork products. We are lucky to have some other options in NC like Heritage Farms or my local Abattoir.
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Just to be clear Jasonjax you're pissed because FN made a decision that would save them from losing significant ad revenues and pissing off a big part of their audience? And they should have done that to keep a woman who is sick from eating her own food, runs a crappy restaurant and allows her managers to comport themselves in a manner that would have them fired from any company in the US that a serious HR office? I agree these decisions are frequently made too quickly and without enough information. I don't see how that's the case here though. OOOps we're in N&P territory. Sorry officer.
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