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Hormel Foods Corporation Announces Sale Of Diamond Crystal Brands

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April 26, 2016

Austin, Minn.

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Diamond Crystal Brands, Inc. to an affiliate of Peak Rock Capital, LLC.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals in the United States, and is expected to close within 30 days. Hormel Foods Corporation will retain Hormel Health Labs, a provider of nutritional foods and beverages developed specifically for individuals with special dietary needs. The companies are making plans to ensure a smooth transition for the customers and employees of Diamond Crystal Brands.

Hormel Foods Corporation will provide financial details related to this transaction during its second quarter earnings conference call scheduled at 7:00 a.m. CT on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

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 eighth year in a row. Hormel Foods also received a perfect score on the 2016 Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, was recognized on the 2016 Best for Vets Employers List by Military Times, and was named one of the 2016 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 and http://2014csr.hormelfoods.com/.