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Hormel Foods Introduces Industry-First Shelf-Stable Egg with new Hormel® Compleats™ Breakfast


Austin, Minn.

Although 84 percent of Americans believe that eating breakfast is an essential part of their morning routine, 56 percent skip it several times a week or more.1

To address this gap for time-starved consumers, Hormel Foods has introduced Hormel®Compleats™ breakfast, a line of convenient, hearty breakfast meals ready in just 60 seconds. The new line is the first in the shelf-stable microwavable breakfast meals category to include real eggs, utilizing innovative new technology to create a breakfast packed with protein.

Hormel®Compleats™ breakfast features four tasty single-serve varieties, including two with real eggs – Bacon Breakfast Scramble and Sausage Breakfast Scramble – as well as Roasted Potatoes & Sausage Gravy and Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. It’s an ideal solution for Americans who are increasingly forced to choose between conflicting priorities, with 53 percent passing on breakfast because they don’t have enough time, they want to get extra sleep, or they don’t like preparing it.2

“We know that consumers are looking for a substantial breakfast option, but need a product that also fits in with their fast-paced lifestyle – and we saw an opportunity to deliver on both,” said Luis Marconi, vice president of grocery products marketing at Hormel Foods. “It took five years to innovate the technology necessary to have a great-tasting shelf-stable egg. The process dramatically shortens the cooking time to make it possible to produce items with eggs and dairy that taste great.”

With a variety of flavors to fit any craving, the Hormel®Compleats™ breakfast line is a perfect fit for consumers who typically enjoy breakfast at work, since it doesn’t require refrigeration. Each tray provides a balance of carbohydrates, calories, and protein, featuring quality meats, flavorful potatoes, or slow cooked oatmeal. Select varieties feature 17-20 grams of protein per serving, and are a good source of fiber.

“Eggs are a great source of nutrients – just one egg contains 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein, and antioxidants,” said Mitch Kanter, Ph.D., executive director of the Egg Nutrition Center. “Real eggs, paired with another protein-rich accompaniment and additional nutrient-rich foods, help provide consumers with a nutritious start to their day.”

To support the launch of this innovative new line, the brand has partnered with Richard Karn, famous for his role as Al Borland on the ‘90s sitcom Home Improvement, for a series of breakfast makeovers in Knoxville and Des Moines, Iowa. Richard will swap consumers’ ordinary breakfasts for Hormel®Compleats™ breakfast, helping commuters start their day with a filling and tasty meal.

The Hormel®Compleats™ breakfast line is just the latest innovative addition to the already strong Hormel®Compleats® lineup, which includes more than 40 varieties across several meal occasions, including lunch, dinner, and kids meals. Now offered in grocery stores nationwide and conveniently located in the soup and pasta aisle, Hormel®Compleats™ breakfast is available at a suggested retail price of $2.18 – $2.99.

1 & 2 According to a January 2014 study conducted by global polling firm Penn Schoen Berland

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 (S&P) 500 Index, S&P Dividend Aristocrats for 2013, 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 fifth year in a row. Hormel Foods was recognized on the G.I. Jobs magazine list of America’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers in 2012 and 2013, and named one of the 2014 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