Kurt Mueller is vice president of sales in the consumer products sales (CPS) division of Hormel Foods Corporation.
With over 30 years of experience at Hormel Foods, Mueller developed much of his sales and marketing experience through various capacities at the company. He joined Hormel Foods in the Refrigerated Foods meat products division in 1979 in Shreveport, La., and later advanced to other sales positions in Austin and San Antonio, Texas. In 1983, Mueller relocated to the Corporate Office (Austin, Minn.) as a brand manager working on products such as Hormel®Black Label® bacon and fresh pork. Five years later, Mueller returned to sales to manage a sales team covering Wisconsin, Illinois and western Indiana. In 1991, he was promoted to marketing director for Dubuque Foods, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hormel Foods.
After four years with Dubuque Foods, Mueller returned to the Corporate Office to manage a newly formed logistics and customer service department in the Refrigerated Foods division. A year later, he advanced to lead another newly formed department as director of pork sales and marketing. He was appointed a vice president in 1999 and advanced to senior vice president, business planning, CPS in 2004. In 2014, he was advanced to his current position as senior vice president of sales, CPS.
For his outstanding work managing the Hormel®Always Tender® brand, Mueller was honored as “Brand Marketer of the Year” by Brandweek magazine in 1999.
Mueller holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a marketing emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
He is past chair of the Business Advisory Council of the College of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and is a member of the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center and Mower County Humane Society.