updated 11/30/2010 8:16:51 AM ET 2010-11-30T13:16:51

SMITHFIELD, Va., Nov. 29, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Smithfield Foods, Inc. (NYSE:SFD) will host an investor day for financial analysts and investors on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at its corporate headquarters in Smithfield, Virginia.

C. Larry Pope, president and chief executive officer, will join key members of the executive and operating team to review the company's recent financial performance, strategic goals and growth initiatives.

A live audio webcast of the event and slides will be available on the company's website at http://investors.smithfieldfoods.com/events.cfm . A replay of the audio webcast will be available following the presentations.

For more information or to register to attend the event, please contact Keira Lombardo, director of investor relations, at (757) 365-3050 or keiralombardo@smithfieldfoods.com.

Further details, including the agenda for the event, will be made available on the Investor Relations section of the company's website at http://investors.smithfieldfoods.com/events.cfm in the coming weeks.

About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is the world's largest pork processor and hog producer, with revenues exceeding $11 billion in fiscal 2010. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories. From national brands and regional powerhouses in the United States to some of the best-known European brands, Smithfield Foods products are prized by retail, foodservice, and deli customers alike. For more information, please visit www.smithfieldfoods.com .

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