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Hormel Foods Honors 69 Suppliers with Spirit of Excellence Awards

AUSTIN, Minn. | April 13, 2009
Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced 69 suppliers were awarded a 2008 Spirit of Excellence Award for their role in the company’s continuous improvement process during the past year. These suppliers are from a variety of service areas, including purchasing, transportation, provisions, producers, contractors, co-packers and local plant suppliers.

“This award showcases the dedication of each of our suppliers to help Hormel Foods achieve the industry’s ‘gold standard’ for quality and product safety,” said Melanie A Faust, director of purchasing at Hormel Foods. “Our suppliers are held to the highest standards for quality and the recipients of this award not only provide a high level of customer service and technical expertise in their area, but they continually propose concepts to help Hormel Foods improve its processes.”

Suppliers who qualify for the Spirit of Excellence Award must maintain a minimum Supplier Rating Index score of 92 over a 12-month period. This score is determined by a universal measurement system started in 1990, to ensure every supplier is held to the same standards. Criteria for the Spirit of Excellence Award include meeting performance requirements, making on-time deliveries and providing high-level administrative support. Additionally, the committee weighs suppliers’ customer support and awareness and commitment to environmental concerns.

All winners of the 2008 Spirit of Excellence Awards enter the running for the Hormel Foods No. 1 Award. This award is given out every five years and will be awarded in 2011 for 2006 to 2010. Criteria for the Hormel Foods No. 1 Award require the recipients to have received a Spirit of Excellence Award during four out of five years.

The 2008 Spirit of Excellence Award winners are:

A.J. Lysne Contracting Corp.

Alcan Packaging

ALKAR-RapidPak Inc.

American Fuji Seal Inc.

ARAMARK Uniform Services

Ball Corporation and Metal Food and Household Products

Bunzl Processor Division

Byron O’Connor

Commercial Services

Crown Cork and Seal Company Inc.

Dakota Hogs

Dave Hamm

Decker Truck Lines

Dickey Transport Inc.

Dickson Industries Inc.

Don Hummer Trucking

East Penn Manufacturing Company Inc.

Ecolab Inc.

Environmental Land Management

Fieldale Farms Corporation

Fox Electric

G E Leblanc Inc.

Gamer Packaging Inc.

Gleeson Constructors LLC

Graphic Packaging International Inc.

Griffith Laboratories USA Inc.

Holiday Express Corporation

The Joseph Company Inc.

KOFAB

Lou-Rich Inc.

Mike and Steve Hopkins

Hub Group Inc.

Hugoson Pork Inc.

JBS Hogs

John Regier

K&K Livestock

LB Pork

M&M Farms and Honey Creek Farms

Marzolf Swine Inc.

McFarland Truck Lines Inc.

The Meyers Printing Companies Inc.

Midwest Coast Transport

Minnesota Corrugated Box Inc.

Multivac

New Fashion Pork

Newly Weds Foods

North Country Pork

Paris Foods

Phinney Farms

Precision Industries

Preston Refrigeration Company

RR Donnelley

Rebco Pork Inc.

Ron Nykamp

Silgan Containers Corporation

Smyth Companies Inc.

Snethen and Sons

Superior Companies of Minnesota Inc.

Viscofan USA

Voight Legacy Farms LLC

Walter G Anderson Inc.

Wayne Farms LLC

Weber Inc.

Werner Electric Supply and Van Meter Industrial Inc.

Wilbur Pig

Windmill Farm USA Inc.

Wolf-tec Inc.

WS Packaging Group Inc.

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About Hormel Foods

Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. The company leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring quality, value-added brands to the global marketplace. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index, and in each of the past 10 years, Hormel Foods was named one of “The 400 Best Big Companies in America” by Forbes magazine. The company enjoys a strong reputation among consumers, retail grocers, foodservice and industrial customers for products highly regarded for quality, taste, nutrition, convenience and value. For more information, visit http://www.hormelfoods.com.

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