Hormel Food Corp. kicked off its 80th anniversary of the creation Spam on Friday by giving a can of the now-famous meat to each of its employees.
Called the “Eighty Days of Spam,” the next few months will see various contests for employees and the public to celebrate the landmark year.
On Friday, however, it was all about that can of Spam — or rather, cans.
An estimated 1,800 were given away.
“We started at 4 a.m. and we’ll be here until 6 p.m.,” said plant manager Clint Walters with a grin, as he passed can after can to employees coming off one of the plant’s many shifts. “It’s been a fun day.”