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Hormel Foods Celebrates 125th Anniversary in 2016


Austin, Minn.

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016.

This commemorative event provides an opportunity to reflect upon the company’s rich heritage and celebrate the future direction of the company.

Though much has changed since George A. Hormel first founded Geo. A Hormel & Co. in 1891, the company is still proudly based in Austin, Minn., and the values on which it was founded – integrity, an uninterrupted quest for quality and innovation, a respect for one another and a commitment to community – still define Hormel Foods today.

“We are proud of our legacy and the many people who have helped shape this company today,” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board and chief executive officer at Hormel Foods. “Throughout our anniversary year, we will be sharing our stories and celebrating with employees, families and communities worldwide.”

In July of 2016, there will be special celebrations in Austin, Minn., where the Hormel Foods World Headquarters is located. A community celebration will take place on July 29 with award-winning entertainment, great food and activities for the whole family.

“I am excited to announce that we have secured The Band Perry for our main stage entertainment,” Ettinger said. “This award-winning band has performed around the world and we are excited to have them with us to celebrate our anniversary.”

Hormel Foods is also marking the anniversary with the grand opening of the SPAM® Museum in downtown Austin. The SPAM® Museum is set to open in the spring of 2016 and visitors from all over the world will be able to celebrate with interactive and informative exhibits about the iconic brand.

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. Hormel Foods, which leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring branded, value-added products to the global marketplace, will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2016. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index, S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, and was named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the seventh year in a row. Hormel Foods also received a perfect score on the 2016 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, was recognized on the 2015 Best for Vets Employers List by Military Times, and was named one of the 2015 40 Best Companies for Leaders by Chief Executive magazine. 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 and