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Hormel Foods Corporation Honors 71 Suppliers With Spirit of Excellence Award


Austin, Minn.

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) is announcing the names of 71 suppliers who have been awarded Hormel Foods’ Spirit of Excellence Award for their active role in the company’s continuous improvement process.

These suppliers range from a variety of service areas, including purchasing, transportation, provisions, pork producers, contractors, co-packers and local plant suppliers.

“We hold our suppliers to the highest standards and these organizations have helped Hormel Foods achieve its process goal to set our industry’s ‘gold standard’ for quality and product safety,” said James P. Snee, director of purchasing, Hormel Foods. “While the individual criteria for each service area differs, all awarded suppliers provide a high level of technical expertise in their industry along with superior customer service.”

Criteria factored into qualifying for the Spirit of Excellence Award include: ability to meet requirements, ability to make timely deliveries, provide accurate administrative support and maintain inventories. The awarding committee also looks for value-added benefits, including customer support, awareness of environmental concerns and sales representative performance. A universal measurement system has been in place since 1990 to ensure every supplier is held to the same standards.

All winners of the 2007 Spirit of Excellence Awards enter the running for the Hormel No. 1 Award. This award is given out every five years and will next be awarded in 2011 for 2006-2010; criteria for the Hormel No. 1 Award call for the recipient to have received a Spirit of Excellence Award during four out of five years.

The 2007 Spirit of Excellence Award winners are:

A.J. Lysne Contracting Corporation

Alcan Packaging

Alkar-RapidPak, Inc.

American Fuji Seal, Inc.

Aramark Uniform Services

Bacon Maker Farms

Bissonette Partnership

Bunzl Processor Division

Byron O’Connor

Cayman Creek

Commercial Services

David Schultz

Decker Truck Lines

Dickey Transport, Inc.

Dickson Industries, Inc.

Don Hummer Trucking

Donald Gildner

Ecolab, Inc.

Environmental Land Management

Ferguson Enterprises Inc.

Fieldale Farms Corporation

Fox Electric

G E LeBlanc, Inc.

Gamer Packaging, Inc.

Gleeson Constructors L.L.C.

Graphic Packaging International, Inc.

Green Bay Packaging, Inc.

Griffith Laboratories U.S.A., Inc.

Holiday Express Corporation

Honey Creek Farms—M & M Farms

Hugoson Pork Inc.

Jackie Huper

Jayhawk Boxes, Inc.

K & K Fabrication Inc.

K & K Livestock

Kevin Lauwagie

KMC Marketing


Kustom Pak Foods, Ltd.

Lou Rich, Inc.

Maple Valley Pork #8

Marcel Fett

McFarland Truck Lines, Inc.

Midwest Coast Transport

Minnesota Corrugated Box Inc.

Morton Salt Group

Muller Pinehurst Dairy Inc.


Newly Wed Foods

Norway Ridge Farms

Paris Foods

Pork Behrens

Red Arrow Products Co. LLC

Rebco Pork, Inc.

Preston Refrigeration Co.

Roberson Beef Farm

RR Donnelley

Sealed Air Corporation Cryovac Division

Silgan Containers Corporation

Smyth Companies, Inc.

Stuart W. Johnson & Co., Inc.

Sunny Hillside Farms, Inc.

Terry Haust

The Joseph Company, Inc.

The Meyers Printing Companies, Inc.

Voigt Legacy Farms, LLC.

Werner Electric/Van Meter Industrial, Inc.


Wilbur Pig

Wolf-Tec, Inc.




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. For each of the past nine years, Hormel Foods has been named one of “The 400 Best Big Companies in America” by Forbes 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