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Hormel Foods Distributes Annual Profit Sharing

AUSTIN, Minn. | November 23, 2011
More than $16.5 million distributed in the 73rd consecutive year of the program


Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today distributed its annual profit sharing of more than $16.5 million to eligible hourly and salaried employees during this 73rd annual Thanksgiving Eve Day tradition.

“We are honored to again recognize our employees for their contributions to a record year in net sales and earnings,” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer at Hormel Foods. “It is gratifying to be able to provide this benefit to our hard-working employees who are committed to delivering great-tasting products to consumers around the world.”

Hormel Foods, a multinational marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, continues to be among an elite group in the industry for retaining its profit sharing plan. The program was started by Jay C. Hormel in 1938 and is voluntarily paid at the discretion of the company’s Board of Directors.

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.

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