Carolina Packing Company, as it was originally called, was founded in Smithfield, North Carolina by John A. Jones Sr., a native of Claxton, Georgia, and a group of local businessmen on December 12, 1939. Later, in 1941, the name was changed to Carolina Packers Incorporated.
From the very beginning Carolina Packers Inc created a much needed livestock market for Smithfield area farmers, many of whom became charter stockholders in the new company. For the next 50 years, we processed locally-grown beef and pork into hams, bacon, country link sausage and our famous family of “Bright Leaf” hot dogs, bologna, Red Hots and smoked sausage. In 1997, we discontinued slaughtering operations to concentrate our efforts on our Bright Leaf product line. In March, 1977, Mr. Jones’ son, Buck, became president and remained so until his death in 2005. Buck’s wife, Jean continued to carry on the food service
legacy founded almost seventy years ago, until her death in February of 2016.
Today, Kent Denning is the President and manages the Carolina Packer's business. We celebrated our 75th anniversary in 2016 and look forward to another 75 years of bringing Bright Leaf products to families throughout North Carolina.
While we have undergone many changes over the years, we have remained loyal to the traditions that have made us a family favorite on the dinner tables of North Carolinians for more than 75 years. Like our famous Hot Dog, our commitment to providing good tasting, wholesome products, has not and will not change.