A day in the life….

“What is that smell?”

‘I’m cooking bacon because the avocados are all getting ripe.’

(I’m too smart to ask what ripe avocados have to do with bacon, but I persevere.)

“It doesn’t small like bacon.”

‘It’s Irish bacon.  I got it on sale.’

“Hahaha!  Irish bacon indeed.  Is it green? (snicker)”

‘Yes.  The man said it came in too late for St. Patrick’s day so it was on sale for $.25 a pound. He said Irish bacon might smell and taste a little different from American bacon.’

(I go look.  It’s greenish gray and obviously bad.)

Where’s the package it came in?  ( I look.  It’s
Farmer John bacon and the date code is fine – but the package wasn’t sealed correctly and wasn’t airtight.)

“OK, toss that to the chickens.  It’s not ‘Irish’.  It’s rotten.  The man at the store was having a little joke.”

So I looked up Smithfield brands.  They produce pork in the US, they say.  GMO pork from GMO feed crops.

What I didn’t know and what you may not know either is the name of the parent company which owns Smithfield:  Henan Luohe Shuanghui Industry Group. The Chinese also own AMC movie theaters, Legendary Entertainment Group, GE Appliances, the Waldorf Astoria and a bunch of other high-end hotels,Riot Games, Ingram Micro, Motorola Mobility, etc…

I’m not suggesting the bacon is bad because a Chinese company owns all this.  I’m suggesting that ‘Caveat Emptor’ applies at the grocery store.

Smithfield

The Smithfield® brand’s heritage of quality pork began in 1936 when Joseph W. Luter and his son founded their small meatpacking company in Smithfield, Virginia. Almost 80 years later, Smithfield continues to delight consumers with premium-quality hams, smoked meats, bacon, and fresh pork. Flavor hails from Smithfield.

www.smithfield.com

Smithfield
Eckrich

From a small meat market that opened in 1894 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Eckrich® products have grown to be among the most popular in the supermarket meat case. Eckrich smoked sausage is naturally hardwood smoked, just one example of the craftsmanship and pride that goes into every one of our products.

www.eckrich.com

Eckrich
Nathan's

From a nickel stand that Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker opened in Coney Island in 1916, Nathan’s Famous® has grown to be the world’s most popular hot dog. Produced under license by Smithfield Foods, more than 400 million Nathan’s Famous hot dogs are enjoyed every year.

www.nathansfamous.com

Nathan's
Farmland

Rooted in America’s Midwest, Farmland® has had a passion for pork since 1959. Whether it’s fresh pork or bacon, hot dogs or sausage, a dedication to quality is evident in every Farmland product. At breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you can taste the Farmland difference in every bite.

www.farmlandfoods.com

Farmland
Armour

Since 1867, Armour® has been a trusted brand for smart, sensible families seeking convenient, delicious, and affordable meal options. America’s most popular frozen meatballs, LunchMakers portable meal kits, and a wide range of pepperoni products are just a few Armour favorites.

www.armourmeats.com

Armour
Farmer John

Based in California since 1931, Farmer John® is known as the local provider of fresh and high-quality pork on the West Coast. From bacon, hot dogs, smoked sausage, lunchmeat, and breakfast links to holiday hams and fresh pork, Farmer John carefully crafts quality meats and foods that you can be proud to share with family and friends.

www.farmerjohn.com

Farmer John
Kretschmar

Kretschmar® premium deli meats and cheeses have meant quality since 1883—from hams made with a unique hardwood smoking process to hand-trimmed poultry and beef using the best cuts. Consumers who choose Krestchmar enjoy the finest ingredients and legendary taste.

www.kretschmardeli.com

Kretschmar
John Morrell

The John Morrell® brand’s tradition of excellence began back in 1827 in Bradford, England, and continues today across the United States. Shoppers know that the John Morrell name stands for premium-quality meat products, including ham, hardwood-smoked bacon, smoked sausage, and much more.

www.johnmorrell.com

John Morrell
Cook's

Cook’s® is the nation’s leading brand of traditional and spiral sliced smoked bone-in ham, corned beef, and smoked picnics. Slow-cured with natural ingredients such as real honey, brown sugar, and maple syrup, Cook’s hams are then smoked for hours using real hickory wood for the perfect finish.

www.mycooksham.com

Cook's
Gwaltney

P.D. Gwaltney began producing quality meats in 1870 in Smithfield, Virginia, and the Gwaltney® brand continues to stand for superior bacon, hot dogs, bologna, and much more. In fact, Gwaltney Great Dogs are America’s #1 chicken franks, and Gwaltney Great Bologna is America’s #1 chicken bologna.

www.gwaltneyfoods.com

Gwaltney
Carando

Carando® classic Italian meats stay true to the traditional recipes that founder Peter Carando brought from Torino, Italy, to America nearly a century ago. From prosciutto and pancetta to salami and soppressata, one taste is all it takes to discover the authentic Italian difference of Carando.

carando.com

Carando
Margherita

Margherita® fine Italian meats add inspiration to otherwise ordinary meals. The Margherita brand offers a diverse selection of 35 traditional and specialty Italian meats sure to add delicious and unique flavors to all your creations and excitement to your gatherings. There’s Italian, and then there’s Margherita.

www.margheritameats.com

Margherita
Curly's

The Curly’s® brand has become synonymous with restaurant quality BBQ that can be made at home quickly and easily. From pulled pork, beef, and chicken to baby back ribs, Curly’s products are smoked for hours and ready in just minutes. Heat, serve, and enjoy!

www.curlys.com

Curly's
Healthy Ones

Healthy Ones® is the heart-healthy lunch meat—low in sodium with no artificial flavors or fillers. Certified “Extra Lean” by the American Heart Association, you can feel good about serving it to your entire family. Healthy Ones can be found at the deli and prepackaged in your grocer’s lunch meat section.

www.healthyones.com

Healthy Ones
View some of our regional and international brands that have captured significant shares in their respective markets.

Seriously…I like Nathan’s Famous hod dogs.

 

 

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