Smithfield Foods, Inc. and two Smithfield Packing companies have received honors from Virginia's 12th annual Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards for their environmental stewardship achievements this year.

Smithfield's corporate headquarters, Smithfield Packing South and Smithfield Transportation, all located in Smithfield, Va., were singled out for their environmental programs in the category for large businesses or industries, respectively receiving a gold award, silver award and bronze award.

The company was recognized for its environmental, recycling and water saving projects in addition to its new fleet of vehicles that significantly reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

"We're honored to receive these awards, which were made possible because of the dedication of our employees who have worked tirelessly to establish Smithfield Foods as a leader in environmental stewardship," said C. Larry Pope, president and CEO of Smithfield Foods.