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Chinese firm in $4.7bn takeover of US pork giant Smithfield Foods
guardian.co.uk ^ | Wednesday 29 May 2013 11.42 EDT | Dominic Rushe in New York

Posted on 05/29/2013 9:28:58 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin

China's Shuanghui International has made a $4.7bn bid to takeover Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer, in what would be the biggest takeover of a US company by a Chinese firm to date – if it passes regulatory hurdles.

The deal is likely to run into heavy opposition in Washington, where a series of Chinese takeovers have been blocked by politicians and regulators. Shuanghui, also known as Shineway, is China's largest pork producer and is part owned by an investment firm run by Goldman Sachs.

A takeover would give Smithfield entry into China, one of the biggest and fastest growing markets for pork. "This is a great transaction for all Smithfield stakeholders, as well as for American farmers and US agriculture," said Larry Pope, president and chief executive officer of Smithfield. "It will be business as usual – only better."

Shuanghui chairman Wan Long called the deal an "historic opportunity". Wan is a high-profile business leader in China, where he is known as the country's "No 1 butcher" because his company slaughters more than 15m pigs a year.

In March, local media reported that Wan told the National People's Congress that he planned to make Shuanghui a major multinational company and one of the world's largest meat processors.

"The acquisition provides Smithfield the opportunity to expand its offering of products to China through Shuanghui's distribution network. Shuanghui will gain access to high-quality, competitively priced and safe US products, as well as Smithfield's best practices and operational expertise," he said.

The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval by the committee on foreign investments in the United States. Several large takeovers by Chinese companies have been thwarted in the recent past.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: china

1 posted on 05/29/2013 9:28:58 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Well you didn’t expect them to waste all those millions of dead hogs floating down the Yangtze river did you?


2 posted on 05/29/2013 9:31:30 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

“The deal is likely to run into heavy opposition in Washington, where a series of Chinese takeovers have been blocked by politicians and regulators. Shuanghui, also known as Shineway, is China’s largest pork producer and is part owned by an investment firm run by Goldman Sachs.”

Goldman Sachs. That’s all we really need to know that this deal has already been blessed by Obama.


3 posted on 05/29/2013 9:32:35 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
They wouldn't be in Smithfield,NC would they? I stopped there once to check out the Ava Gardner Museum and,IIRC,have read that the town is big for pork production.
4 posted on 05/29/2013 9:36:09 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Ham noodles, excellent!
5 posted on 05/29/2013 9:36:31 AM PDT by Old North State
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To: DeaconBenjamin; BfloGuy; expat_panama
"The acquisition provides Smithfield the opportunity to expand its offering of products to China through Shuanghui's distribution network. Shuanghui will gain access to high-quality, competitively priced and safe US products, as well as Smithfield's best practices and operational expertise," he said. "

Why do we have free trade with China when they are a closed market and they have to own the firms before they have access to the Chinese market?

6 posted on 05/29/2013 9:39:58 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DeaconBenjamin

My dad loves Smithfield bacon. When he finds out China has acquired them, he’s going to be sick.


7 posted on 05/29/2013 9:40:46 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DeaconBenjamin

That’s okay we still make planes. /idiot free trader mode off


8 posted on 05/29/2013 9:42:01 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DeaconBenjamin

9 posted on 05/29/2013 9:43:57 AM PDT by Theoria
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To: DeaconBenjamin
I was just telling myself that my pork loin needed more melamine in it.
10 posted on 05/29/2013 9:45:45 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Nope, Smithfield, VA


11 posted on 05/29/2013 9:47:20 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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12 posted on 05/29/2013 9:47:53 AM PDT by RedMDer (You are Free Republic. There are no outside influences. Just us, all of us. Please donate today!)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Mmmmmmmmm, Pork the one you love photo: pork the one you love pork.jpg bacon.
13 posted on 05/29/2013 9:47:57 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: DannyTN

“When he finds out China has acquired them, he’s going to be sick.”

Don’t be surprised if American pork products are shipped to China and Americans get the “Far Eastern meat-lovers special” - pork, rat, horse, as well as the mystery meat of the day.


14 posted on 05/29/2013 9:54:24 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever ((Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!))
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15 posted on 05/29/2013 9:57:17 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: stars & stripes forever

I expect them to close down the U.S. factories and make it in China. So yes, we will be getting rat meat.


16 posted on 05/29/2013 9:58:26 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN

We don’t have free trade with China, and it’s probably been pointed-out to you more than a dozen times.


17 posted on 05/29/2013 10:11:49 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Nothing taken into our bodies should be made by these people.

They have proven beyond even a progressive communist’s doubt that they cannot be trusted to provide food or medicine or even toys without some sort of contamination. Much the same can be said about India.

I guess when they live among a billion or so people, human life becomes completely irrelevant in their thought process.

There are no guarantees that they will not bring that wonderful, life is irrelevant, culture with them if they are allowed to operate food production in the USA.


18 posted on 05/29/2013 10:17:23 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Shuanghui, also known as Shineway Swineway
19 posted on 05/29/2013 10:32:21 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: 1rudeboy
"We don’t have free trade with China, and it’s probably been pointed-out to you more than a dozen times."

What we have is about as close as it gets from our side. They have most favored nation status. And tariffs are low.

20 posted on 05/29/2013 10:33:30 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: 1rudeboy
"We don’t have free trade with China, and it’s probably been pointed-out to you more than a dozen times."

What we have is about as close as it gets from our side. They have most favored nation status. And tariffs are low.

21 posted on 05/29/2013 10:33:31 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN

No, not really. China pays the same tariffs as, say, Germany. That’s all MFN means.


22 posted on 05/29/2013 10:35:36 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: DannyTN
...we have free trade with China when they are a closed market...

Of course at first glance we all know this is impossible, that free trade ≠ closed market. 

Looking deeper I'd have thought you'd wanted the Chinese to buy more US stuff --I know I do-- and this article is about the Chinese buying US stuff.  Even so you sound like you object for some reason. Please say what the heck it is that you do want and just how you intend to bring it about.

23 posted on 05/29/2013 10:40:35 AM PDT by expat_panama
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To: DannyTN

” Why do we have free trade with China when they are a closed market and they have to own the firms before they have access to the Chinese market? “

How bout that....


24 posted on 05/29/2013 10:45:38 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: DeaconBenjamin
What a brite idea. Let's give a nation at war with us since 1950 (Korea) control of a large chunk of our food industry. After they have just gained the designs of all of our major weapon systems what could possibly go wrong and “At this time, what difference does it make?”?
25 posted on 05/29/2013 10:48:23 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: expat_panama
I need to put this here in case I need to come back to it:


26 posted on 05/29/2013 10:49:38 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: expat_panama
"Looking deeper I'd have thought you'd wanted the Chinese to buy more US stuff --I know I do--"

This article is about China buying another plant to shut down and move the China to employ chinese while more Americans join the unemployment line.

27 posted on 05/29/2013 10:51:28 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: expat_panama
"Looking deeper I'd have thought you'd wanted the Chinese to buy more US stuff --I know I do--"

This article is about China buying another plant to shut down and move the China to employ chinese while more Americans join the unemployment line.

28 posted on 05/29/2013 10:51:29 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Smithfield Foods Inc. has a very nasty habit of hiring illegal immigrants. They’ve had many ICE raids. This company isn’t the greatest to begin with. I’ll just continue to make my meat and egg purchases from my local farmer.


29 posted on 05/29/2013 11:02:47 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

30 posted on 05/29/2013 11:04:00 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: DeaconBenjamin


31 posted on 05/29/2013 11:11:46 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Smithfield Virginia


32 posted on 05/29/2013 11:20:18 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (The Government is actively preparing to go to War with a significant portion of its own Citizens.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Only the most liberal statist Free Trade Communist would cheer for this

Smithfield is a southern tradition. To be owned by the Communist Chinese amounts to treason. Dare some Free Trader to go down and cheerlead about how ChiComs owning Smithfield is good.....there will be some rope burns around the neck


33 posted on 05/29/2013 11:31:08 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Smithfield, VA ....near Hampton Roads....where Smithfield is HQ


34 posted on 05/29/2013 11:33:04 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: 1rudeboy

Ni hao, Chairman Mao

We have Most Favored Nation status for Communist China....which pretty much is Free Trade with Communist China. World Trade Organization decisions reflect this


35 posted on 05/29/2013 11:36:54 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: SeminoleCounty

And greetings to you. “Pretty much is” is a term that morons use, often.


36 posted on 05/29/2013 11:40:28 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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37 posted on 05/29/2013 11:45:22 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
We don’t have free trade with China, and it’s probably been pointed-out to you more than a dozen times. 

We have very free trade with China, this is how we run up such huge trade deficits with them. We are wide open to Chinese imports same as we are wide open to illegal immigration

38 posted on 05/29/2013 11:46:02 AM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing - Joe Pine)
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To: dennisw

You forgot the budget deficit. “Free trade” with China is why we have a budget deficit. LOL


39 posted on 05/29/2013 11:48:17 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: SeminoleCounty

A Chinese conglomerate that close to Norfolk does give me pause.


40 posted on 05/29/2013 11:50:15 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: 1rudeboy

What the f are you babbling about? Try to focus


41 posted on 05/29/2013 11:54:55 AM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing - Joe Pine)
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To: dennisw

It won’t be very long before you confuse the trade and budget deficits. Again.


42 posted on 05/29/2013 11:55:45 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: DeaconBenjamin
A Family of Brands You Trust

Trust? Not me. Not my dog. Not now. Every horrid act by Mao and the gang of "agrarian reformers" was a contemporaneous event for me. I remember.

Smithfield Foods personnel, don't go crying to Congress for your version of TARP when the Chi-Coms screw the hell out of you all.


43 posted on 05/29/2013 12:40:10 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Dang. SmithField has some good products. Guess I'll stick with Hormel - they have some very good natural pork (Natural Choice)!
44 posted on 05/29/2013 2:29:55 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael
They own Pretty Much Everything!
45 posted on 05/30/2013 4:17:40 AM PDT by libertarian27 (FreeRepublic Cookbooks 2011 & 2012 - Click Profile)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Wonder how many Congressmen (from both parties) reaped huge profits by buying stock prior to this announcement? Wonder when the media is going to ever look at these deals?
46 posted on 05/30/2013 4:49:53 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: DannyTN
Why do we have free trade with China when they are a closed market and they have to own the firms before they have access to the Chinese market?

The company can already export to China. The purchase by the Chinese eases that trade because of Shanghui's already-existing distribution network.

47 posted on 05/30/2013 2:49:55 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Don't try to explain yourself to liberals; you're not the jackass-whisperer.)
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