Company News: Feeding Essential Workers, Sustainability Push and More

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Farmer John Donates Free Meals and Makes Food Bank Donations to Thank Essential Workers

As essential workers continue to put themselves on the frontlines to keep our communities running, Farmer John, a brand of Smithfield Foods, is taking its food truck on the road to give thanks and support. The Farmer John Thank You Tour is a 12-week mission to provide one million hot dogs to frontline workers in the greater Los Angeles community by delivering grab-and-go lunches and donating to local food banks, according to a release from the company.

To show appreciation for business that have stayed open to keep communities safe, healthy and have access to needed resources, Farmer John is giving back, one meal at a time, the release says. The Farmer John Thank You Tour food truck will make three to four stops a week at local establishments that are vital to keeping neighborhoods in operation during this time. It kicked off with an event at Beverly Hospital in Montebello, Calif., to supply meals to healthcare workers, some of the most courageous heroes of the pandemic.

“It’s our pleasure to launch the Farmer John Thank You Tour today with the first of many community visits giving back to Southern California residents for their service and undeniable bravery,” said Michael Merritt, senior director of brand marketing for Farmer John at Smithfield Foods, in the release. “Whether providing healthcare, delivering packages, producing food or ringing up groceries, the last few months have shown us just how ‘essential’ our essential workers are. They serve us every day, and now, it’s time to serve them.”

During the tour, local consumers can nominate businesses in their neighborhoods and share messages of thanks by posting on social media using the hashtag #FJThanksEssentials.

Smithfield Foods Partners with Granular Insights to Give Grain Farmers in its Supply Chain the Digital Edge on Sustainability

Smithfield Foods has announced it has partnered with Granular, a farm management software platform, to help growers in its grain supply chain boost farm sustainability and efficiency while improving crop yields, according to a company release. It will available to grain farmers in North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia who sell their grain to Smithfield.

Smithfield’s animals consume more than 13 billion pounds of feed each year, and maximizing grain production efficiencies is a key way the company is working to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), the release says. The company’s goal is to reduce its GHG emissions by 25% by 2025 throughout its entire supply chain.

Granular Insights with Directed Scouting uses high-frequency, high-resolution satellite imagery to monitor fields, allowing farmers to mitigate in-field pests and resolve other yield-diminishing problems before they spread and require additional resources, the release says.

“Over the last several years, we’ve focused on working alongside grain farmers in our supply chain to provide information and advice about strategies to improve fertilizer usage and crop production,” said Stewart Leeth, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer at Smithfield Foods, in the release. “With Granular Insights, we’ll be able to partner those recommendations with a technology-driven solution to help drive farm profitability with fewer environmental impacts.”

To learn more about Granular Insights with Directed Scouting, visit

Hormel Foods Opens Health Center for Team Members

Hormel Foods Corporation is opening a state-of-the-art health center, close to its global headquarters and flagship production facility. In partnership with Premise Health, who will operate the facility, it will improve access to high-quality, affordable healthcare for Hormel Foods team members and their dependent family members, according to a company release. With this dedicated health center and additional resources provided by Mayo Clinic, such as radiology and specialty service referrals for things like cardiology, orthopedics, dermatology and behavioral health, employees of Hormel Foods and their dependents will have full access to care when they need it.

The center will provide convenient access to a full spectrum of healthcare services, including primary care, physical therapy, condition management, lab services and limited pre-packaged pharmacy services. It will be staffed by a physician, nurse practitioner, condition management registered nurse, physical therapist, two medical assistants and a medical receptionist, the release says.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this incredible benefit to our inspired people. This addition is a testament to our commitment to ensuring our team members have easy access to high-quality healthcare,” said Janet Hogan, senior vice president of human resources at Hormel Foods, the release says. “This health center will be a tremendous resource for both our team members and our company.”