With Smithfield Deal, China Expands Its American Pork Pipeline

A customer requests for a cut of pork at a market in Shanghai, China Photograph by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Announcing his company’s $4.7 billion acquisition by China’s largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods‘s chief executive used the moment to stress how the deal is designed to send more American pork to Asia, a boost for U.S. farmers. In other words: Relax. Shuanghui International Holdings won’t be sending Chinese pigs to your local Kroger store.

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