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Holiday Table Talk: Americans Look Forward to Seasonal Side Dishes 52 Percent Favor Stuffing or Mashed Potatoes as Top Sides

AUSTIN, Minn. | November 16, 2011
Every year Holiday tables around the country are crowded with items aimed to please all palates – families fight over wishbones; uncles prefer lumpy mashed potatoes; sisters pine for plump turkey and cousins can’t wait for cranberries. This year, Americans have spoken, declaring their meal wouldn’t be complete without seasonal sides like cornbread stuffing and whipped sweet potatoes..

A new study* by the makers of HormelCountry Crock® sides finds 51 percent of Americans most look forward to their favorite seasonal sides, with stuffing coming out on top as the favorite. With an average of five sides being served at each table, it only increases the challenge for hosts to get all the dishes ready at the same time.

To the relief of hosts and hostesses everywhere, HormelCountry Crock® side dishes are here to provide a variety of refrigerated side dishes made with quality ingredients, ensuring they can deliver everyone’s favorites to the table with less hassle for preparation and with plenty of time to spare.

HormelCountry Crock® side dishes are a smart choice to ensure all guests can enjoy their favorite sides without the extra hassle of creating each item from scratch,” said Nate Kahnke, Product Manager for Hormel Foods. “Each variety can be prepared and served in under five minutes, allowing for all dishes to make it to the table hot and ready to please.”

Available in more than fifteen varieties, HormelCountry Crock® side dishes provide seasonal favorites such as homestyle stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes, bacon ranch mashed potatoes and 4 Cheese Penne Pasta with Broccoli. To learn more about the convenience and varieties of HormelCountry Crock® sides, visit http://www.hormel.com.

*This Holiday Survey was conducted by Kelton Research between October 6th and October 13th, 2011 using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas are set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total U.S. population ages 18 and over.

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 branded, value-added products to the global marketplace. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index, Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes, Global 1000 Sustainable Performance Leaders and was named one of "The 100 Most Trustworthy Companies" by Forbes in 2010. 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

© 2011 Hormel Foods, LLC

Country Crock is a registered trademark of the Unilever Group and used under license. All rights reserved. © 2011 Unilever Foods

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