This Month’s Archive

Snacking is America’s Favorite Way of Eating

And pork’s versatility means any style perfection. The great taste of pork lends itself to deliciously different regional BBQ styles that can create menu excitement and diversity. Smithfield is the BBQ authority and understands the differences in every region. Below is a short glossary of some of the most popular BBQ styles today. Carolina BBQ…

Italian Cuisine and Pork are a Perfect Match

Italian is one of America’s favorite ethnic cuisines, and pork is at the center of plate As the popularity of ethnic cuisine continues to grow, Italian fare has become the most popular global cuisine among American diners. According to a recent study conducted by the National Restaurant Association, out of one thousand people surveyed, sixty…

Asian-Latin Fusion Cuisine is on the Rise, and Pork Is at the Center of Plate

As chefs are fusing different ethnic cuisines together, they are turning to pork as the main component of their dishes. Asian-Latin fusion is a hot trend in restaurants across the country, and chefs are featuring pork as the star protein in these dishes. Although it may be surprising to some, these two cuisines have many…

Demand for Protein on the Rise

Pork Stars as High Protein Option During Every Daypart According to recent research by The NPD Group, more and more consumers are demanding protein in their diets. One quarter of adults are looking for protein on nutrition labels, up from 18 percent in 2004, and most everything else on nutrition labels is declining in viewership,…

See how chefs are menuing underutilized cuts

As chefs are looking to feature new and exciting menu options, they are turning to the versatile underutilized cuts to suit their needs Chefs are looking at pork a whole new way, finding that underutilized cuts of the protein are an ideal alternative to get creative in the kitchen and add versatility to barbecue menu…

The Revival of Tapas

As tapas were predicted to be one of the most popular trends for 2015, chefs turn to pork to spice up their tapas offerings. With a growing trend in shared plates and small plates, tapas are taking center stage on many restaurant menus. In fact, countless restaurant concepts completely devoted to tapas are popping up…

Comfort Food Transformed

With comfort food being one of the most popular cuisines, chefs are turning to pork to transform classic dishes COMFORT FOOD TRANSFORMED America has a love affair with classic comfort food dishes – a trend that doesn’t seem to fully dissipate but to evolve with consumers’ palates. Robert Irvine, host of Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible”…

Sausage at Center Plate: It’s what’s on the Menu

Sausage has launched to the center of the plate, a status that can be attributed to a variety of factors including expanding palates and consumer demand for more innovative, unique items on the menu. Additionally, the growth of the craft beer industry has done sausage some favors. A whole new generation of diners enjoy eating…

Flavor Experience celebrated its 10th anniversary

This year’s Flavor Experience celebrated its 10th anniversary in Newport Beach, Calif. and Smithfield Farmland Foodservice was proud to be part of the milestone. The event did not disappoint with three delicious days of flavorful dishes and insights, packed with hundreds of food professionals participating in roundtables, keynotes, networking events and, of course, tastings. In…

Pork and Eggs Share the Spotlight at Breakfast

Pork and Eggs Share the Spotlight at Breakfast Breakfast means big opportunity for restaurants, with traffic increasing by three percent in the last year, according to the NPD Group. In fact, the NPD Group finds that consumers made more than 12.5 billion visits at breakfast time in 2013, making it the third consecutive year for…

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Chefs Buzzin' About BBQ

We gathered pit masters from around the country in San Antonio to discuss BBQ cooking styles and insights.

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BBQ Means Regional Tastes.

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BBQ Season Means Ribs

Ribs are a fan-favorite pork cut in the BBQ category. Read about how easy it is to get creative with pork ribs!

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