Company News: Smithfield, Kuhl Evaporative Media

( Alison Fulton, Farm Journal's PORK )

Smithfield Foods Donates $25,000 to Expand Environmental Sustainability Research

The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., is donating $25,000 to continue its partnership with the University of Minnesota’s NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise (NorthStar), a nonprofit research entity that aims to improve the understanding of sustainability within global production and consumption systems, and to develop research and tools to improve the sustainability of these systems.

Smithfield’s contribution will help facilitate further research on the supply chain models the company utilizes throughout its operations, giving Smithfield valuable tools and insights to leverage as part the company’s robust sustainability program and to help achieve its industry-leading carbon reduction goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25 percent by 2025. Smithfield began its partnership with NorthStar in 2015. In December of 2016, Smithfield became the first major protein company to announce a far-reaching GHG reduction goal throughout its entire supply chain, from feed grain to packaged bacon, by 2025. 

Smithfield’s contribution to NorthStar will support further data research and policy focused on sustainability, as well as production consumption systems that ensure consumer health and food security.

Kuul Evaporative Media Announces Partnership with QC Supply

Growing distributor QC Supply has teamed up with Portacool, LLC to exclusively offer Portacool’s Kuul evaporative media brand to their poultry and swine customers across 14 states.

According to Portacool CEO Ben Wulf, the partnership with QC Supply will give customers more accessibility to Kuul’s products and services. This partnership comes with a movement towards a more direct manufacturer-to-distributor relationship for Portacool, who is looking to bring their evaporative media product line closer to end users.

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