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As vice president of operations for the Grocery Products segment of Hormel Foods, John Forsythe is responsible for the Grocery Products processing plants and co-packer operations. 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.

Forsythe joined Hormel Foods in 2000 as an industrial engineer at the Austin (Minn.) Plant. He held various engineering positions in Austin and Algona, Iowa, before becoming the manager of industrial engineering at Farmer John, a former subsidiary in Los Angeles, Calif. At Farmer John, he transitioned into operations and accepted the role of production superintendent. Forsythe held similar positions at Dan’s Prize (Long Prairie, Minn.) and at the Hormel Foods canning plant in Beloit, Wis. He became the plant manager of the Atlanta Plant (Tucker, Ga.) in 2016 and assumed his current role in 2020.

Originally from Forsyth, Mont., he is a graduate of Montana State University with a degree in industrial and management engineering. He and his wife, Sherri, have two daughters.

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Locations with Hormel Foods
BS, Ind. & Mgt. Engineering
Montana State University
first job
First Hormel Foods Job
Industrial Engineer, Cured and Smoked Meats

John’s Favorite Product

Beef Stew

Hormel Foods, to John

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