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Hormel Foods is a company rich in history and entrepreneurial spirit. Each day we are endeavoring to maintain the legacy of our founder in taking care of employees, while striving to meet the ever-changing needs of our consumers by producing innovative, high-quality products.

As senior vice president of research and development and quality control at Hormel Foods, Kevin Myers oversees product development, packaging, food safety sciences and lab services.

Hormel Foods is a global branded food company with over $12 billion in annual revenue across more than 80 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 one of the best companies to work for by U.S. News & World Report, one of America’s most responsible companies by Newsweek, recognized on Fast Company’s list of the 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators, received a perfect score of 100 on the 2023–24 Corporate Equality Index and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts.

Myers came to Hormel Foods with over a decade of experience in the food industry, holding management positions in food technology, research science and new product development.

In 2001, he started with the company as a research scientist for fresh and value-added meats at research and development. He was promoted to development leader of fresh and processed meats in 2005, and a year later, was promoted to group manager of product development. In 2012, he became the director of product, process and package development, and was promoted to vice president of research and development in October of 2013. He assumed his current role in March 2015.

A native of Mount Ayr, Iowa, Myers received a bachelor of science degree in agricultural education at Iowa State University, where he also earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in meat science and food science.

Myers is a member of the board of advisors at the University of Georgia Center for Food Safety and is on the board of advisors for the Institute of Food Safety and Health (a collaboration between FDA and Illinois Institute for Technology). He is also a member of the American Meat Science Association and the Institute of Food Technologists.

Myers is the lead author of two recently published scientific papers on meat science: Effects of high hydrostatic pressure and varying concentrations of sodium nitrite from traditional and vegetable-based sources on the growth of Listeria monocytogenes on ready-to-eat (RTE) sliced ham; and The effect of high hydrostatic pressure, sodium nitrite and salt concentration on the growth of Listeria monocytogenes on RTE ham and turkey.

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Positions with Hormel Foods
food science
MS & Doctorate
Meat and Food Science, Iowa State University
global food safety
Board of Advisors
Institute of Food Safety and Health
science literature
Lead Author
on Two Published Scientific Papers
Years with Hormel Foods
first job
1st Hormel Foods Job
Research Scientist, Research and Development

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