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Hormel Foods has built a winning culture over the last 125 years that is hard to replicate.

As vice president, corporate development, Halvin is responsible for focusing on corporate direction and growth by continuing to oversee strategic planning, and the mergers and acquisitions process. Hormel Foods is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenues across 75 countries worldwide. Its brands include Planters®, SKIPPY®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Columbus®, Wholly® Guacamole, Hormel® Black Label® and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named on the “Global 2000 World’s Best Employers” list by Forbes magazine for three straight years, is one of Fortune magazine’s most admired companies, has appeared on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” list for the 12 years, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts.

Halvin started his career with Hormel Foods in 1985 as the cost accounting manager at Farm Fresh Catfish Company (Hollandale, Miss.). In 1990, he advanced to corporate cost analyst at the Corporate Office (Austin, Minn.) where he was responsible for overseeing cost information for various parts of the corporation.

In 1996, he was named manager of the tax department, where he was responsible for compliance and the filing of all local, state and federal returns. In 1999, he advanced to assistant controller and in 2000, to treasurer of the company.

In late 2000, he was named director of Economic Value Added and given additional responsibilities as director of investor relations in 2001. The addition of mergers and acquisitions and strategy was effective in 2007. Halvin was named director of corporate development in 2008 and assumed his current role in 2012.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree with a concentration in accounting from Midland Lutheran College (Fremont, Neb.). He is originally from Red Oak, Iowa.

Halvin is a member of the Hormel Historic Home Board of Trustees.

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