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About Our Way

“Building upon our heritage of innovation and quality, together we will elevate the everyday experience by making Hormel Foods the favorite part of any eating occasion.”

Our Way represents a vision for the future—as we continue to grow, Hormel Foods remains committed to upholding our heritage of bringing more to the table for our consumers, investors, employees and the communities in which we operate.

The mission of Our Way is simple: As a leading branded food company with a focus on profitable growth, and inspired by our founder's charge to "originate, don't imitate," we market a balanced portfolio of highly differentiated quality products. We engage our employees by creating an environment where careers are fostered, people make a difference and integrity is absolute.

By doing things Our Way, the principles that have helped us grow and succeed for more than 120 years, we can guide our daily actions to support the five key areas of our mission: our people, processes, products, performance and principles. Throughout the course of our history, we have maintained a firm commitment to innovation, integrity and philanthropy.

As stewards of the future, we identify and strive to implement practices that protect natural resources and the environment. We always follow through on commitments and act in an ethical, honest manner.

Principles

  • Heritage

    For more than 120 years, Hormel Foods has enjoyed a long and proud tradition of bringing more to the table for employees, consumers and investors. As stewards of the future, we identify and strive to implement practices that protect natural resources and the environment.

  • Integrity

    We follow through on our commitments and act in an ethical, honest and responsible manner.
  • Innovation

    We "originate, don't imitate," with the discipline to focus our practical curiosity on delivering real benefits for consumers, customers and the company.

  • Philanthropy

    We have a heritage of giving back individually and as a company to the communities in which we live and work. Our charitable giving focuses on the areas of hunger, education and contributing to the communities in which we operate.
  • Diversity

    We foster innovation and cultivate an environment where people aspire to work and build long-term careers by respecting and including the unique differences of every individual which encompasses personal attributes, values and organizational roles.

  • Stewardship

    We operate modern, clean and efficient facilities that add value to the community. We encourage individual and company participation and leadership in community affairs.