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Seaboard Foods’ Pork Division Announces Chad Groves as New CEO

Seaboard Foods' Pork Division Announces Chad Groves as New CEO meat Food and Beverage Business

Seaboard Foods, a US pork processor, recently announced the appointment of Chad Groves as its new CEO. Groves, who previously served as the company’s senior vice president of global sales, marketing, and innovation, will succeed Peter Brown in June. Brown, who has been at the helm for three years, will be retiring. Bob Steer, the president and CEO of parent company Seaboard Corporation, expressed his well wishes for Brown’s retirement in a statement.

Groves joined Seaboard Foods in 2021 and has a background in sales and foodservice, having previously worked at US drinks group Trilliant Food & Nutrition. Brown, on the other hand, came to Seaboard Foods from US turkey processor Butterball and has a wealth of experience in the industry.

Seaboard Foods is a vertically integrated pork producer that supplies products to various sectors including further processors, foodservice operators, distributors, and grocery stores. The company operates a pork-processing plant in Oklahoma and exports to markets such as Mexico, China, and Japan.

In a strategic move, Seaboard Foods recently opened its first international sales office in Japan, aiming to establish a direct presence in the market. The new office, Seaboard Foods of Japan, will focus on building relationships with local customers and catering to the specific needs of the Japanese market. This expansion comes in light of a bilateral trade agreement between the US and Japan, with the US being the largest exporter of pork to Japan.

Seaboard Corp. also has investments in Seaboard Triumph Foods, which operates a pork processing plant in Iowa, and Daily’s Premium Meats, a US business specializing in raw and pre-cooked bacon. This diversification reflects Seaboard’s commitment to innovation and growth in the food and beverage industry.

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