What started in 1959 as a co-operative among local agricultural producers and farms has grown into one of the world's largest pork processors. And on Oct. 16, Farmland Foodswill celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special event at the company's Kansas City, Mo., headquarters. Fifty years ago, Farmland Industries -- owned by 1,700 co-ops representing over 600,000 agricultural producers -- began its foray into the pork business with the purchase of a struggling plant in Denison, Iowa and the launch of the “Farmbest” label. Today's company, a unit of Smithfield Foods, supplies retail, foodservice and international markets. Smithfield purchased Farmland in 2002.

IMC Licensing , Louisville, Ky., said it will begin representingButterball, LLC, the nation's largest turkey processor. Offcials say IMC will "extend the Butterball across a wide range of new categories that help extend the everyday relevance of the brand."  Initial categories may include a range of cooking tools and accessories that make preparation easier and more convenient; food products and ingredients that enhance, are easy to prepare and taste great with Butterball products; and exciting new products containing Butterball turkey that enhance the brand’s connection to healthy lifestyles and great flavor. Butterball is based in Garner, N.C.