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Hormel Foods Corporation Announces Leadership Appointments

2015 Executive Changes
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October 22, 2015

Austin, Minn.

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) announced several leadership appointments today as a result of the election of James P. Snee to the position of president and chief operating officer announced yesterday.

“Hormel Foods has an incredibly strong management team with exceptional talent throughout our organization”

The following appointments are effective October 26, 2015:

– Larry L. Vorpahl, group vice president and president of consumer product sales, will assume the position of group vice president and president of Hormel Foods International.

– Deanna T. Brady, group vice president, foodservice, has been appointed to the position of group vice president and president of consumer product sales.

– Jeffrey R. Baker, vice president of marketing, foodservice, will advance to group vice president, foodservice.

– David F. Weber, president of Burke Corporation, has been promoted to vice president of marketing, foodservice.

“Congratulations to Larry, Deanna, Jeff, and David on their advancements,” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board and chief executive officer at Hormel Foods. “They each bring a wealth of experience to these positions with their deep industry knowledge, strong leadership, and ability to drive business growth. We look forward to their continued stewardship of Hormel Foods.”

“Hormel Foods has an incredibly strong management team with exceptional talent throughout our organization,” commented Snee. “I have had the pleasure of working with each of these individuals, and I know they share our focus on innovation and growth and have a solid track record of success. I look forward to working with them in their new roles and congratulate them on their appointments.”

Larry L. Vorpahl
Vorpahl joined Hormel Foods in 1986. During his career at Hormel Foods he has held several posts in product management and marketing. He was named vice president of marketing in 1999. In 2003, he became vice president and general manager, Grocery Products, responsible for overseeing the company’s Grocery Products division. He was promoted to his current role in October 2005.

Deanna T. Brady
Brady started her career with Hormel Foods in 1996 in the foodservice division and has held various foodservice sales management positions throughout the United States. In 2003, Brady was promoted to foodservice regional manager in Los Angeles, Calif. She was promoted to vice president, foodservice sales, in 2007. Brady assumed her current position in October 2013.

Jeffrey R. Baker
Baker joined Hormel Foods in sales in 1990. After holding product manager positions for smoked meats and sausage, Baker became the meat products district manager in Buffalo, N.Y., in 2001. In 2002, he was promoted to senior product manager, meat products, and became the group product manager for meat products three years later. Baker advanced to director of fresh meats marketing and Precept Foods in 2009, and he advanced to his most recent role as vice president of marketing, foodservice, in 2012.

David F. Weber
Weber started his career with Hormel Foods in 1992 and has held several foodservice sales and product manager positions throughout the United States. In 2006 Weber was promoted to foodservice regional manager in Charlotte, N.C. Weber assumed his current position as president of Burke Corporation, a subsidiary of Hormel Foods, in 2012.

About Hormel Foods

Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minnesota, 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 branded, value-added products to the global marketplace. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index, S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats for 2014, was named the 2013 Sustainable Supply Chain of the Year by Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine, and was again named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the seventh year in a row. Hormel Foods was also recognized as a 2015 Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs magazine, 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 https://www.hormelfoods.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking information based on management’s current views and assumptions. Actual events may differ materially. Please refer to the cautionary statement regarding Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors on pages 34-40 in the company’s Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 24, 2015. The company’s Form 10-Q can be accessed at www.hormelfoods.com under “Investors-SEC Filings.”