Meat + Poultry - March 2016 - (Page 18)

COVER STORY ACCOMPLISHED C. Larry Pope reflects on retirement and 35 years of achievements at Smithfield Foods BY J O E L C R E WS | j c r e w s @ s o s l a n d.c o m This past month, C. Larry Pope was among the 250,000 spectators at the 58th Daytona 500. A longtime NASCAR enthusiast and an attendee of many races at the Daytona International Speedway, Pope will certainly remember this year's race as the first he's enjoyed as a retiree. Having taken the checkered flag as president and CEO of Smithfield Foods at the end of 2015, Pope's finish signaled the next era of leadership for the company. The 61-year-old didn't start out in the driver's seat of what is now a porkproducing juggernaut. He joined the company in the role of controller at the age of 26. During the ensuing three-and-ahalf decades, Pope has worked his way to the front row at Smithfield, jockeying to put the company in the lead among a field of game competitors in conditions that were often less than ideal. In early February, Pope took time to reflect on his upbringing, his entrepreneurial spirt, the academic journey and the serendipitous career path that led him to the front door of Smithfield Foods. I always thought I'd be a McDonald's franchisee or own a car dealership," Pope says, neither of which should come as a surprise, given that he worked at a McDonald's restaurant as a young man, and his father owned a Ford dealership. The oldest boy in his family, Pope has an older sister, a younger brother and a younger sister. "I'm the forgotten middle child," he jokes. Pope's father served in the US Air Force for four years and Pope was " 18 MEAT+ POULTRY | 03.16 | www.meatpoultry.com born at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia. His father was a radar technician in the service and his training in what was then a new technology, propelled him into his first civilian job as a radio and TV appliance technician. Moving the family south, his father opened a TV-appliance business in Daytona Beach, Florida, "because Florida was exploding with population growth and television was just coming into vogue in a big way," Pope says. http://www.meatpoultry.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meat + Poultry - March 2016

Meat + Poultry - March 2016
CONTENTS
COMMENTARY - A graceful exit
BUSINESS NOTES - SYSCO APPLIES BRAKES
BACHOCO FINALIZES DEAL FOR US PLANT
APPLEGATE ACQUISITION RAISES OPTIMISM AT HORMEL
PILGRIM’S ANNOUNCES $190M EXPANSION PLAN
JBS ANNOUNCES REORGANIZATION
SMITHFIELD PARTNERS FOR CONSERVATION
WASHINGTON - Prioritizing safer poultry
COVER STORY - ACCOMPLISHED
PEDAL TO THE METAL
TOP 100 - CHART TOPPERS
FOOD SAFETY - The results are in
PACKAGING SOLUTIONS - Product improvement
IN-PLANT UPDATE - A LASTING IMPRESSION
INGREDIENT ISSUES - Cleaning up Deli Labels
INDUSTRY LEADER - INNOVATIVE ICON
SMALL BUSINESS MATTERS - 'THE STOLTZHUS WAY'
SHOW PREVIEW - GLOBAL INNOVATION
SANITATION TIPS
CONSEJOS DE SANIDAD
FROM THE CORRAL - GROUP HOUSING SOLUTIONS
SHOWCASE
NAMES IN THE NEWS
CLASSIFIEDS
ADVERTISERS
THE INSIDER

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