SOURCE: Seaboard Foods

April 24, 2008 15:05 ET

Seaboard Foods Showcases Commitment to Sustainability and Stewardship

New Report Announced During Biodiesel Plant Grand Opening

GUYMON, OK--(Marketwire - April 24, 2008) - Seaboard Foods announced today the release of the company's first sustainability and stewardship report. The 28-page report titled "Sustainability & Stewardship: Our never-ending commitment" provides information about the company's six key core commitments to quality, customers, employees, community, animal care and environmental stewardship.

Rod Brenneman, president of Seaboard Foods and High Plains Bioenergy, distributed the first copies of the report to those attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony today for the High Plains Bioenergy biodiesel plant. The 30 million-gallon-per-year biodiesel plant sits next to Seaboard Foods' pork processing plant in Guymon, Okla., and uses the processing plant's pork fat to make renewable, clean-burning biodiesel. High Plains Bioenergy, a subsidiary of Seaboard Foods, is focused on creating sustainable energy solutions from the Seaboard Foods' integrated system.

"From the very beginning in the early 1990s, Seaboard Foods has strived to be a good corporate citizen while building a sustainable company for our customers, employees and communities," Brenneman adds. "The biodiesel plant is one of the higher profile sustainable business practices that's part of the Seaboard Foods integrated system. However, the report highlights the many activities and practices that occur each day and demonstrates our never-ending commitment to sustainability and stewardship."

Corporate citizenship and sustainable business practices highlighted in the report include:

--  Using pork fat from the Guymon pork processing plant to produce
--  Reducing water use on company-owned farms by 40 percent from 2000 to
    2005, and a goal to reduce water use by another 10 percent.
--  Pioneering the implementation of needle-free vaccination and treatment
    on all company-owned farms.
--  Composting solid waste from sow farms to produce nearly 700 tons of
    compost annually.
--  Conducting animal welfare audits on company-owned farms.
--  Receiving the 2007 Pork Industry Environmental Steward Award for the
    Wakefield Farm's environmental program.

"We must make a positive impact on everyone we touch, produce safe and wholesome products our customers want, create a safe workplace for our employees, protect and lessen our impact on the environment, treat animals humanely and enrich the communities in which we operate," says Brenneman. "This new report showcases some of the ways we do this and the dedication put forth each day by our employees to make our commitments come to life."

The report is available online at:

Seaboard Foods is a leading U.S. pork producer and a top exporter of pork to Japan and Mexico. The company employs more than 4,500 people in Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Texas, Montana and Utah. Pork products sold internationally bear the Seaboard Farms® brand. In the United States, Seaboard Foods markets fresh products under the PrairieFresh® Premium Pork brand and processed meats under the Daily's® Premium Meats brand. In addition to its food safety commitment, Seaboard Foods has been recognized for its aggressive research and development, and proactive environmental standards, including receiving the 2007 Pork Industry Environmental Steward Award. For more information, visit

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