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Hormel Foods Honors Suppliers with Spirit of Excellence Awards


Austin, Minn.

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) recently awarded 75 suppliers with a 2011 Spirit of Excellence Award for their roles in the company’s continuous improvement process throughout the last year.

These suppliers are from a variety of areas including contractors, pork procurement, provisions, ingredients, packaging and transportation.

“We look forward to presenting the annual Spirit of Excellence Awards as a way to show how much we appreciate these outstanding suppliers,” said Melanie A. Faust, director of purchasing at Hormel Foods. “We’re honored to partner with these distinguished suppliers who truly make a positive impact on our business.”

Suppliers that qualified for the Spirit of Excellence Award maintained a minimum supplier rating index score of 92 throughout a 12-month period. This score is determined by a universal measurement system that began in 1990 to ensure each supplier is held to the same standards. Award criteria include meeting performance requirements, making on-time deliveries and providing high-level customer support.

In addition to the Spirit of Excellence Award, suppliers compete for the Hormel No. 1 Award every five years. Last year, the company announced the Hormel No. 1 Award recipients, who were honored for providing long-term, consistent, superior performance during the five-year period from 2006 to 2010. One of the criteria for the award requires recipients to have received a Spirit of Excellence Award during four out of five years.


A.J. Lysne Contracting Corporation

Allweather Roof

East Penn Manufacturing

Environmental Land Management, LLC

Fehr Solutions, LLC

Fox Electric

Gleeson Constructors & Engineers, LLC

Hyster Company

The Joseph Company, Inc.

Kestner Electric, Inc.


Lou Rich, Inc.

Multivac, Inc.

Preston Refrigeration

Rockwell Automation

Superior Companies of Minnesota, Inc.

Weber, Inc.

Werner Electric Supply

Wolf-Tec, Inc.

Pork procurement

Blue River Pork

Classic FM LLC

David Reuter

East Ridge Pork

Edmundson Hog Farms LLC

Hufford Bros.

Jason Fett


John Regier

Josie’s Pork Farm Inc.

Ken Winsel

Lake Country Pork LLC

Lost Island Inc.

Marzolf Swine Inc.

Midway Hogs LLP

New Fashion Pork

Paris Foods

Ron Nykamp

Spronk Bros. LLP

Stan Schaefer Inc.

Vander Maten Farms Inc

Warren Alleven

Wilbur Pig


Fieldale Farms Corporation


Airlite Plastics Co.

Ampac Packaging, LLC

Bunzl Processor Division

Crown Foods North America

Curwood, Inc.

Dickson Industries, Inc.

DXP Enterprises, Inc.

Ecolab, Inc.

Gamer Packaging Inc.

Hydrite Chemical Co.

International Paper

Kalle USA, Inc.

The Meyers Printing Companies, Inc.

Minnesota Corrugated Box, Inc.

Multisorb Technologies Inc

Newly Weds Foods Inc

Progressive Packaging, Inc.

Red Arrow Products Company LLC

RR Donnelley


Sealed Air Corporation Cryovac Division – Bags & Film

Sensient – Dehydrated Flavors

Silgan Containers LLC

Smyth Companies

Viscofan USA

Walter G. Anderson Inc.



Dickey Transport, Inc.

Holiday Express Corporation

ICS Logistics Corporation

McFarland Truck Lines, Inc.

MCT Transportation, LLC

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. 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 500 Index, Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes, Global 1000 Sustainable Performance Leaders and was again named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine in 2011. 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