June 3, 2011

Smithfield Foods Announces Termination of Negotiations to Acquire Controlling Interest in Campofrio Food Group

SMITHFIELD, Va., June 3, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Smithfield Foods, Inc. (NYSE:SFD) announced today that it has terminated negotiations with respect to its proposed joint delisting takeover bid, together with Mr. Pedro Ballve, to acquire the remaining shares of Campofrio Food Group, S.A. (MCE: CFG.MC).

"While the acquisition of Campofrio would have furthered Smithfield's long term strategy of becoming a leading global consumer packaged meats company, we feel it is in the best interest of our shareholders to terminate negotiations at this time. Our decision has been influenced by numerous factors including continued adverse economic conditions in Europe that show few signs of abating, and the recent decline in our stock price, which has made the proposed transaction more difficult to finance on a basis that is accretive to our shareholders," said C. Larry Pope, president and chief executive officer.

"As Campofrio's largest shareholder, we remain committed to holding our 37 percent stake in Campofrio and supporting the company's continued growth and development as Europe's leading packaged meats company. In particular, we will continue to look for ways to capture and enhance synergies between Campofrio and Smithfield for the companies' mutual benefit, despite the inability merge the companies at the present time," he concluded.

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, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com.

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CONTACT: Keira Lombardo

         Smithfield Foods, Inc.

         (757) 365-3050

         keiralombardo@smithfieldfoods.com


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