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Hormel Foods Expands Our Food Journey™ with Launch of New Podcast Series


Austin, Minn.

Our Food Journey™ Features Conversations with Today’s Trendsetters in the World of Food

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), a leading global branded food company, has launched a new podcast series called Our Food Journey™. The podcast series is part of the company’s larger Our Food Journey™ social responsibility efforts inspired by the food the company makes and the difference it makes in the world. The podcast features discussions with renowned master chefs, food entrepreneurs, food scientists and Hormel Foods employees.

“The speed of change and innovation in today’s food industry is unprecedented,” said Wendy Watkins, vice president of corporate communications at Hormel Foods. “The Our Food Journey™ podcast is a place for thoughtful and in-depth conversations about the opportunities and challenges we’re currently facing, with people who are making a difference in how we create and think about food. Everyone – Midwestern farmers, food entrepreneurs, master chefs, parents preparing dinner for their families – is a player in an interconnected food system, and each one deserves a place at the table.”

Watkins said “inspiring employees to create an impact felt around the world” is tied to the company’s mission. “In our day-to-day work with Our Food Journey™, we have so many intriguing conversations about food with the most fascinating people. We often found ourselves wishing we could share that experience with everyone. So, we decided to do that.”

The first season of the Our Food Journey™ podcast is available on iTunes, SoundCloud and Google Play Music, and has launched with 10 episodes. The series is hosted by esteemed American journalist and author Ethan Watters and Certified Master Chef Ron DeSantis. Their guests include an exceptional lineup of food industry trendsetters, including:

  • Chef Kenneth Temple
    Food Network “Chopped” champion, cookbook author and private chef
  • Wilson Tang
    New York City native and well-known restaurateur
  • Tanya Rodriguez, Ph.D., MSW
    Senior cultural anthropologist at Hormel Foods
  • Certified Master Chef Ron DeSantis
    Principal adviser for CulinaryNXT
  • Chef Tony Finnestad
    Hormel Foods corporate chef, Foodservice division
  • Chef Christina Machamer
    Winner “Hell’s Kitchen” on FOX, private chef and sommelier
  • Evan Inada
    Customer marketing manager at Columbus Craft Meats
  • Certified Master Chef Adam Busby
    General manager at The Culinary Institute of America, Greystone
  • Francisco Parada-Rabell
    Director of beverage innovation at CytoSport, Inc.
  • Chef Dominic Orsini
    Winery Chef

“People are so passionate about every aspect of the food we eat,” Watters said. “We wanted to open those discussions up and really dig into the knowledge our experts bring to the table, literally.”

“As a chef, being able to sit across the table and talk to other chefs, anthropologists and food entrepreneurs was an incredible experience,” DeSantis said. “Hormel Foods is doing some remarkable work in the food and culinary world, and I really think people will hear about topics and stories they may not always think about when they sit down to eat a meal.”

About Hormel Foods – Inspired People. Inspired Food.

Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenues across 75 countries worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Columbus®, Wholly Guacamole®, Hormel® Black Label® and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the tenth year in a row, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. In 2016, the company celebrated its 125th anniversary and announced its new vision for the future – Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ – focusing on its legacy of innovation. For more information, visit and