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The Hormel Foods Story

Though much has changed since George A. Hormel first founded Geo. A. Hormel & Co. in 1891, the company is still proudly based in Austin, MN, and the values on which it was founded—integrity, an uninterrupted quest for quality and innovation, a respect for one another and a commitment to community—still define Hormel Foods today.

The Hormel Foods story is one of hard work and perseverance. It’s a story of our legacy of innovating to meet the changing needs of consumers, and it’s a story about balance. Our diverse portfolio, which we’ve built through product innovation and strategic acquisitions, has been the driving force behind our consistent success.

This is also the story of our people: our employees, current and former, who are the heart and soul of this company; our stockholders, who believe in our mission; our producers, suppliers and customers, who partner with us to provide the best possible meal solutions to consumers; and the Austin, MN, community, our hospitable neighbors and friends. 

Serving Tomorrow’s Consumer

Guided by George A. Hormel’s charge to “originate, don’t imitate,” at Hormel Foods, we are always looking for innovative ways to serve consumers’ changing tastes and desires. We believe that consumers are increasingly focused on convenience and value and that they’re hungry for more ethnic flavors and nutritious choices. As a company, we are focused on delivering those consumer preferences and delivering new favorites to families throughout the world.

New Global Dimensions

Hormel Foods provides flavorful, quality meal solutions to consumers throughout the world. As we look to the future, we see great opportunity to deliver our products and value to consumers in even more places than ever before.

Building on Our Heritage

The story of our 120-plus years as a company provides a valuable perspective on the future direction and development of our company as we experience our second century of growth. We will continue to encounter changing consumer lifestyles and sweeping new food trends. Ongoing industry challenges and new competition will require increasing attention and adherence to production, marketing and distribution services that form the lifeline of our organization.

The moral of our story is clear: Hormel Foods is a company choosing to lead rather than follow, with a clear vision and an understanding of emerging new market opportunities that are as crucial moving forward as they were back in the days of George A. Hormel.