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I am proud to be a part of Hormel Foods. Not only have I enjoyed growing business with our customers and consumers over the years, I have been inspired by how our team has accomplished results. With mutual trust, teamwork and a little elbow grease as we work toward our common goals.

Steve Venenga is the vice president of marketing for Grocery Products for Hormel Foods in Austin, Minn. Hormel Foods is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenues across 75 countries worldwide. Its brands include 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 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for 12 years in a row, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts.

In his role, Venenga is responsible for managing all brand-building marketing activities, including the associated marketing budget and new product development activities. He also manages the profit-and-loss statement of the Grocery Products division and develops a staff of marketing product managers. He assumed his current role in 2016.

Venenga joined the company in 1996 when he joined Jennie-O Turkey Store as a product marketing manager. He subsequently held several marketing positions within the company. With more than 20 years of combined experience in food-product marketing at both Hormel Foods and Jennie-O Turkey Store, Venenga was involved with the brand integration of the Jennie-O Turkey Store® brand and a number of retail product launches, including Jennie-O Turkey Store®Oven Ready™ turkeys and Jennie-O Turkey Store® turkey burgers. In 2011, Venenga was named vice president of meat products marketing, where he successfully led the segment to achieve strong growth for brands such as Hormel® Black Label® bacon, Hormel® Natural Choice® meats and Hormel® pepperoni, and oversaw the successful launch of Hormel® REV® wraps.

Venenga was the founding chairman of the company’s Diversity and Inclusion Council and is a member of the board of directors for Jennie-O Turkey Store and MegaMex Foods, Inc.

He earned a master’s degree in business administration in marketing and finance from the University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa) after graduating from Simpson College (Indianola, Iowa) with a bachelor’s degree in management and economics.

He and his wife, Kimber, enjoy spending time with their two children.

Fast Facts

6
Positions with Hormel Foods
Business
BA, Management and Economics
Simpson College
Degree
MBA
University of Iowa
diversity
Founding Chairman
Company’s Diversity and Inclusion Council
25
+
Years with Hormel Foods

Steve’s Favorite Product

Bacon

Hormel Foods, to Steve

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Hard Work

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