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Hormel Foods Announces Environmental Sustainability Progress


Austin, Minn.

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced results of environmental sustainability projects it has implemented at its U.S. manufacturing facilities as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to reduce its environmental impact.

“We are making significant progress toward achieving the environmental sustainability goals we have outlined in our annual corporate responsibility report,” said Thomas E. Raymond, manager of environmental engineering at Hormel Foods. “This success is the result of dedicated employee efforts and capital improvement projects.”

Highlights from fiscal year 2009 of progress made toward achieving the goals set by the company include:

-Reduced water use by more than 447 million gallons in 2009 compared to 2008 from our U.S. manufacturing operations. The company has reduced total water use by more than 590 million gallons or 9 percent over the past three years.

-Sent 7,275 fewer tons of solid waste to landfills in 2009 compared to 2008 from our U.S. manufacturing operations. The company has reduced the amount of solid waste sent to landfill by 16 percent over the past three years.

For the first time, Hormel Foods is reporting environmental information as normalized for production.

“Accounting for production levels allows us to benchmark and track our improvements and efficiencies,” Raymond said. “We are continuously improving our processes and this is an example of how we are further developing and increasing the transparency of our corporate responsibility reporting.”

These highlights and additional information will be discussed in-depth in the 2009 Hormel Foods Corporate Responsibility Report, which will be released in May 2010 at The report will detail the latest information in the area of the company’s principles platform, which is focused on people, process, products, performance and philanthropy.

About Hormel Foods

Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. The company leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring quality, value-added brands to the global marketplace. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Hormel Foods was named one of “The 400 Best Big Companies in America” by Forbes magazine for 10 consecutive years. The company enjoys a strong reputation among consumers, retail grocers, foodservice and industrial customers for products highly regarded for quality, taste, nutrition, convenience and value. For more information, visit