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Based in Austin, Minn., Hormel Foods Corporation is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of high-quality, brand-name food and meat products for consumers throughout the world. We offer a wide variety of products including hams, bacon, sausages, franks, stews, chili, hash, pepperoni, party trays, shelf-stable microwaveable entrees and salsas.

Hormel Foods is built on a set of internal principles that we call Our Way. We believe in doing business in concert with Our Way, our values platform that helps guide our everyday efforts and helps keep integrity at the core of our operations.

Our products are sold to retail, foodservice and wholesale operations under many well-established trademarks that include:

With approximately 20,000 employees and a number of leading industry affiliations, Hormel Foods is owned by approximately 11,300 shareholders of record. The Hormel Foods common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol HRL.

Find Us Everywhere

Austin, Minn., is home to the headquarters of Hormel Foods Corporation, along with our Research and Development division and flagship Austin Plant. In all 50 states, Hormel Foods sells products through a direct sales force assigned to offices in major cities throughout the country. Their efforts are supported by sales brokers and distributors.

Main Parent-Company Manufacturing Communities

  • Algona, Iowa
  • Alma, Kan.
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Austin, Minn.
  • Beloit, Wis.
  • Dubuque, Iowa
  • Fremont, Neb.
  • Knoxville, Iowa
  • Little Rock, Ark.
  • Mendota Heights, Minn.
  • New Berlin, Wis.
  • Osceola, Iowa
  • Rochelle, Ill.
  • Wichita, Kan.

Select Hormel Foods products are custom manufactured by various companies that adhere to stringent corporate guidelines and quality standards.

Our Wholly Owned Subsidiaries

  • Applegate Farms, LLC., was founded by Stephen McDonnell and Chris Ely, who shared a passion for natural and organic meat products. The Applegate® brand grew to be the No. 1 brand in the natural and organic value-added prepared meats category. In 2015, Hormel Foods acquired Applegate Farms. The company operates autonomously as a standalone subsidiary in the company’s Refrigerated Foods segment.

  • CytoSport logo

    Based in Benicia, Calif., CytoSport was founded in 1998 by the Pickett family, and produces Muscle Milk® products, the No. 1 brand in the ready-to-drink protein beverage category. CytoSport was acquired by Hormel Foods in 2014 and reports through the company's Specialty Foods segment.

  • Dan's Prize

    Another wholly owned subsidiary, Dan's Prize, Inc., operates manufacturing plants in Long Prairie and Browerville, Minn. Dan's Prize was founded in 1986 by Dan Hitchcock, Jim Smith, Bob Uhlenkamp, Vern Noland and Ed Johnson. In 1991, Hormel Foods acquired Dan's Prize, which produces roast beef, corned beef, prime rib, pastrami, sliced meats, pot roast and other cooked meats for foodservice and deli operators.  

  • Hormel Foods International

    Hormel Foods International Corp. (HFIC), a wholly owned subsidiary based in Austin, Minn., has established numerous joint venture and license agreements internationally in locations that include Australia, China, Denmark, England, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Panama, the Philippines and other nations. HFIC exports products to more than 60 countries.

  • Jennie-O logo

    Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary based in Willmar, Minn., is the nation's second largest producer of whole and processed turkey products sold to retail and foodservice outlets.

Joint Ventures

  • Megamex Foods logo

    MegaMex Foods is a joint venture of Hormel Foods and Herdez del Fuerte, S.A. de CV. MegaMex Foods has the marketing, sales and supply chain expertise that makes it an excellent partner for retail and foodservice companies. MegaMex Foods offers a wide variety of Mexican food products and ingredients in the U.S.