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Awards and Recognition

Since 1891, Hormel Foods has been a leader in producing delicious, innovative and safe food products. Our commitment to our consumers and the communities in which we live and work has been recognized through several noteworthy awards. We appreciate the awards and recognition we receive that demonstrate our hard work.

Hormel Foods is a member of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index and the Barron's 500 list. We were also named one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility magazine for the eighth consecutive year. We delight in every award we receive, and we work hard to make sure we keep our award-winning standards high. As a company, we treat our employees and the communities in which we live and work with respect and gratitude. As a company, we are truly a family.

Learn more about our recent awards and recognition below.

  • Fortune 500 List

    Hormel Foods once again appeared on the Fortune 500 List, ranking No. 310 overall based on fiscal year 2014 results. The Fortune 500 ranking only considers companies incorporated in the United States and filing with a domestic government agency. Companies on the list are ranked solely on revenue.

  • Barron's 500 List

    The Barron’s 500 is a ranking of the largest publicly traded companies in the United States and Canada as measured by sales in the latest fiscal year. Prepared by HOLT, a unit of Credit Suisse, it seeks to identify companies with superior financial performance. HOLT compares the 500 companies using three equally weighted measures: sales growth in the latest fiscal year, adjusted for divestitures; median three-year return on investment, based on a cash-flow calculation the firm calls CFROI; and the change in CFROI in the latest fiscal year relative to the three-year median. In 52-Week Total Return versus the Standard & Poor’s 500, Hormel Foods ranked No. 124. This ranking is based on financial measures, including cash flow and sales growth, and it is not open to third-party influence.

  • Standard & Poor's 500 List

    In 2009, Hormel Foods joined the Standard & Poor's 500 List. The Standard & Poor's 500 List is a leading indicator of U.S. equities.

  • S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index

    Hormel Foods is proud to be listed on the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats index, which measures the performance of large cap, blue chip companies within the S&P 500 that have followed a policy of increasing dividends every year for at least 25 consecutive years.

  • M&A Mid-Market Award for Deal of the Year, Mergers and Acquisitions Magazine

    Hormel Foods acquisition of the SKIPPY® peanut butter business was recognized with Mergers and Acquisitions Magazine's 2013 M&A Mid-Market Award for Deal of the Year for the transaction’s impact on growing business in non-meat foods and in China.

  • World's Best CEOs, Barron's
    In March 2016, Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, was among 30 CEOs selected by the publication’s editors and writers based on a long history of strong leadership. Ettinger was recognized for growing and diversifying Hormel Foods, through strategic acquisitions and innovation to address changing consumer trends. In October 2016, Ettinger retired as CEO but continues to serve as chairman of the board.
  • Best Companies to Sell For, Selling Power Magazine
    In summer 2016, Hormel Foods was ranked No. 1 on Selling Power magazine’s 50 Best Companies to Sell For list. Each year, the corporate research team at Selling Power identifies and ranks the best companies to sell for among the largest sales forces in the U.S. based on three broad categories: customer growth and retention; hiring, compensation, sales training, and enablement; and company recognition and reputation.
  • Best Companies for Leaders, Chief Executive Magazine

    Hormel Foods was ranked No. 20 on the 2016 Best Companies for Leaders list by Chief Executive magazine. Chief Executive magazine compiles the list each year to identify companies that excel in leadership development.

  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign Foundation

    Hormel Foods received a perfect score on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. Companies were evaluated on LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.

  • Best Places to Work for Recent Grads, Symplicity

    In spring 2015, Symplicity named Hormel Foods one of the Best Places To Work For Recent Grads. Companies across the country were evaluated on a 5-point grading scale based on employee ratings, work/life balance, benefits, company culture, mentorship, training programs and other opportunities that appeal to recent graduates.

  • Green Ranking of Corporate America, Newsweek Magazine

    Hormel Foods ranked No. 181 on the U.S. 500 list, up from No. 243 last year. The list ranks the largest publicly traded companies incorporated in the United States by market capitalization. Using publicly available information, companies are scored relative to industry peers on eight key performance indicators: energy productivity, GHG productivity, water productivity, waste productivity, green revenue score, green pay link, sustainability board committee and audited environmental metrics. To arrive at an overall placement, companies in each ranking (the U.S. 500 and the Global 500) are then sorted in descending order based on their final score.

  • 100 Best Corporate Citizens, Corporate Responsibility Magazine

    In 2016, we were recognized for our unwavering dedication to doing business responsibly with a 100 Best Corporate Citizens award for the eighth consecutive year.

  • Best for Vets, Military Times

    Hormel Foods has been named a best employer for veterans for the fourth year in a row by Military Times on their 2016 Best for Vets: Employers list.

  • Most Influential Companies for Veteran Hiring, Profiles in Diversity Journal

    In 2015, Hormel Foods was named one of the 25 Most Influential Companies for Veteran Hiring. The editors at Profiles in Diversity Journal chose companies whose internal and external efforts have helped to promote promising new approaches, create innovative tools and identify best practices to support veterans as they transition into the civilian workforce.

  • Top Military Friendly Employers, G.I. Jobs Magazine

    Hormel Foods has received designation as a Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs magazine in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Employers receiving Military Friendly Employer designation status represent the top tier of companies with leading employment solutions for military service members and spouses.

  • Military Recognition

    Hormel Foods is proud of the many honors we received regarding our efforts to recruit veterans. Visit our Military Recognition section to learn more.

  • Progressive Grocer Editors' Picks

    HERDEZ® guacamole salsa and SKIPPY® P.B. Bites were chosen as 2016 Progressive Grocer Editors' Picks. Each year, the editorial team at Progressive Grocer selects the best products in the grocery space, evaluating products on taste, innovation, function and convenience.