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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, the Barron's 500 list and the Maplecroft Climate Innovation Index. We were also named one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility magazine and the Sustainable Supply Chain of the Year by Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine in 2013. 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 most recent awards and recognition below.

  • Responsible CEO of the Year Award, Corporate Responsibility Magazine
    In 2012, Jeffrey M. Ettinger, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hormel Foods was named a winner of Corporate Responsibility magazine’s fifth annual Responsible CEO of the Year Awards, which are presented to CEOs across industries that visibly exceed standards in the areas of employee relations, environmental impact, human rights, philanthropy and corporate responsibility practices
  • Hormel Foods on Fortune 500 List

    Hormel Foods once again appeared on the Fortune 500 List, ranking No. 311 overall based on fiscal year 2013 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.

  • Hormel Foods on 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. 193. 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 and A Mid-Market Award for Deal of the Year

    Hormel Foods acquisition of the Skippy® peanut butter 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.

  • Hormel Foods Locations Receive AMI Environmental Awards

    Twenty-five Hormel Foods and subsidiary locations received Environmental Recognition Awards from the American Meat Institute. The award recognizes the efforts taken to establish, implement and maintain an Environmental Management Systems (EMS).

    Tier III – Environmental Pioneer Award winners are recognized for the implementation of a fully functional EMS. Detailed criteria to meet the Tier III designation can be viewed here.

    • Algona (IA) Plant
    • Alma (KS) Foods
    • Atlanta Plant (Tucker, GA)
    • Austin (MN) Plant
    • Beloit (WI) Plant
    • Burke Marketing Corporation (Nevada, IA)
    • Dan's Prize, Inc. (Browerville, MN)
    • Dan's Prize, Inc. (Long Prairie, MN)
    • Dold Foods (Wichita, KS)
    • Fremont (NE) Plant
    • Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc. (Barron, WI)
    • Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc. (Faribault, MN)
    • Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc. (Melrose, MN)
    • Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc. (Montevideo, MN)
    • Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc. (Pelican Rapids, MN)
    • Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc. (Willmar, MN, Benson Ave. Plant)
    • Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc. (Willmar, MN, Willmar Ave. Plant)
    • Knoxville (IA) Plant
    • Lloyd's Barbeque Company, LLC (Mendota Heights, MN)
    • Osceola (IA) Food
    • Progressive Processing, LLC (Dubuque, IA)
    • Rochelle (IL) Foods
    • Saag's Products, LLC (San Leandro, CA)
    • Stockton (CA) Plant
    • Swiss American Sausage Co. (Lathrop, CA)
  • Best Companies to Sell For, Selling Power Magazine
    In summer 2014, Hormel Foods was named on Selling Power magazine’s 50 Best Companies to Sell For list for the seventh consecutive year, ranking #11. 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 Corporation was ranked No. 9 on the 2014 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 Recent Grads, Experience, Inc.
    In spring 2012, for the second year, Hormel Foods was named by Experience, Inc. as one of the Best Places to Work for Recent Grads. Experience, Inc., has been the acknowledged leader in running career center websites for U.S. colleges and universities since 1996. The Best Places to Work for Recent Grads assessment is done in conjunction with Yahoo! Hot Jobs and surveys companies across the country to select 10 organizations whose entry-level hiring and retention practices are exceptional. Companies are also selected based on benefits, training programs, growth opportunities and starting salaries.
  • America’s Healthiest Buys, Health magazine
    In fall 2011, Health magazine recognized Hormel® Natural Choice® cracked black pepper turkey as one of America’s Healthiest Buys. Each year, Health magazine’s team of experts puts nearly 1,500 products to the test, selecting the absolute best in beauty, food and home products. Winning products are honored based on taste, nutrition, convenience and availability.
  • Green Ranking of Corporate America, Newsweek magazine

    Hormel Foods ranked No. 304 on the U.S. 500 list, up from No. 421 in 2012. This is the fifth consecutive time the Hormel Foods has been included on the list. To compile this year’s new Green Rankings, Newsweek/Corporate Knights evaluated and ranked the 500 largest publicly-traded companies in the United States (the U.S. 500) and the world (the Global 500) by market capitalization on overall environmental performance. The 2014 rankings are based on publicly available information. Based on data calculated by the research group Corporate Knights, each company is assessed on environmentally focused key performance indicators such as energy productivity, GHG productivity, water productivity, and green sanctions.

  • 100 Best Corporate Citizens 2014

    In 2014, we were recognized for our unwavering dedication to doing business responsibly with a 100 Best Corporate Citizens award for the sixth consecutive year.

  • 125 Best Packaged Foods for Women, Women’s Health Magazine
    In fall 2012, Women’s Health magazine recognized Hormel® Natural Choice® Apple Gouda chicken sausage for its annual 125 Best Packaged Foods for Women feature in the Meats/Seafood category, as well as Jennie-O Turkey Store® Turkey Bacon in the Meats/Seafood category, and Wholly Guacamole® in the Condiments category. Each year Women’s Health magazine’s expert panel of nutritionists tests a variety of products in order to determine the healthiest, tastiest, and most convenient supermarket finds.
  • 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.