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Hormel Foods Recognized Among the Best Places to Work for Recent Grads

AUSTIN, Minn. | May 14, 2010
Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced it is recognized among the Best Places to Work for Recent Grads by Experience Inc., the nation’s leading provider of career services for college students and alumni. The Best Places to Work for Recent Grads list, now in its third year, recognizes 20 employers from across the country who demonstrate excellence in recruiting, hiring and retaining young professionals.

Hormel Foods was selected for this list due, in part, to its attractive compensation and benefits package, as well as the opportunity for career growth and diversity. With its extremely high employee retention rate, Hormel Foods was able to demonstrate its ability to attract and keep top talent. Currently, more than 60 percent of current employees have been employed at Hormel Foods for more than five years.

“We are honored by this recognition as one of the country’s top employers for recent graduates, as this reaffirms our commitment to hiring talented individuals and then providing the tools, environment and opportunity to build rich, diverse lifetime careers,” said Larry C. Lyons, director of human resources at Hormel Foods.

Experience’s Best Places to Work for Recent Grads was developed in conjunction with Yahoo! HotJobs. The survey ran from September 2009 through November 2009, garnering responses from nearly 200 corporate recruiters and employers from across the country. In March 2010, the field was narrowed to 50 companies and then 20 companies were selected based on hiring and retention practices, benefits, training programs, growth opportunities and starting salary.

For information on Experience’s Best Places to Work for Recent Grads, please visit http://www.experience.com/experience/page_display?page_id=best_places_to_work_for_recent_grads_2010.

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. Hormel Foods was named one of “The 400 Best Big Companies in America” by Forbes magazine for 10 consecutive years. 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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