Hormel Foods to Host Live Virtual Concert Starring NBC’s The Voice Runner-Up Chris Kroeze, Minnesota Native and Nashville Recording Artist Natalie Murphy & Multitalented Singer-Songwriter and TV Personality Nick Hoffman
Hormel Foods, a global branded food company (NYSE: HRL), announced today that it will host a virtual live concert featuring Chris Kroeze, runner-up on season 15 of NBC’s Emmy Award Winning television show, The Voice. The live concert is the latest way the company is thanking team members for their continued efforts to provide food to the world during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The virtual concert will take place this Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m., CT, and will feature live performances by award-winning global artists Chris Kroeze, Natalie Murphy and Nick Hoffman. Kroeze was runner-up on season 15 of the hit NBC show The Voice and captured the hearts of millions during his time on the show. The artists have toured the world, appeared at the Grand Ole Opry and shared the stage with music legends like Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Travis Tritt, the Doobie Brothers and more. Hoffman is also the host of the Outdoor Channel television series “Nick’s Wild Ride”, which airs on Outdoor Channel and is also co-founder of his band, The Farm.
“Our team of nearly 20,000 has continued to work tirelessly as we play a critical role in providing safe, high-quality food during this uncertain time,” said Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer at Hormel Foods. “This special concert is just one way we can thank them for how they have risen to the challenge and continue to produce food with a sense of purpose and pride. I’m looking forward to us all coming together to celebrate their efforts and enjoy some incredible music with our families and friends.”
Growing up in Barron, Wisconsin, Kroeze is no stranger to Hormel Foods. The company has a Jennie-O Turkey Store production facility there and Kroeze has family that work at the plant.
“Growing up around the company’s Jennie-O facility in Barron, I know how hard Hormel Foods employees work to provide food for families,” Kroeze said. “During this unprecedented season in our country and our world, you all have stepped up again. A virtual live concert seems like a small way to say thank you for all you are doing, but we couldn’t be more honored to do it and we can’t wait to be with you all virtually on Friday night.”
In addition to the virtual live concert, Hormel Foods is honoring its production professionals through its commitment of more than $4 million to be used for a bonus for our plant team members, including $300 for full-time and $150 for part-time. Hormel Foods has also increased its CARE Program employee assistance fund, extended paid sick leave and waived waiting periods and eligibility requirements for certain benefits.
Hormel Foods has taken a leadership role in helping with hunger relief and food insecurity and announced a pledge of $1 million in cash and product donations to assist nonprofits with their efforts during the COVID-19 outbreak. The company’s monetary and product donations will be made to global, national and local hunger-relief organizations. Feeding America, Convoy of Hope, Conscious Alliance and food and hunger-relief organizations in the company’s plant communities will be among those organizations receiving immediate funding and donations.
Hormel Foods has donated more than $50 million in cash and product donations to help others over the last five years. For more information about the company’s charitable giving and corporate responsibility efforts, please visit https://csr.hormelfoods.com/.