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Statement: Hormel Foods Responds to Supplier Video

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November 12, 2015

Austin, Minn.

At Hormel Foods Corporation, animal welfare, employee safety and food safety are our top priorities.

That is why we are extremely disappointed and concerned to see the recently released undercover video detailing instances of aggressive animal handling and employee insensitivity at one of our supplier facilities. These actions do not reflect the values of Hormel Foods, its employees or its customers.

Our Supplier Responsibility Principles are clear as to our expectations of our suppliers, and the behavior depicted in the undercover video is unacceptable. We are requiring this supplier to take the following actions immediately: further disciplinary action, additional animal welfare and handling training, enhanced compliance oversight, and increased third-party auditing. In addition, Hormel Foods is placing humane handling officers at the facility to ensure compliance with Hormel Foods animal welfare standards.

Additional information about our animal care practices and audits can be found at http://www.hormelfoods.com/About/CorporateResponsibility/Animal-Care.aspx.

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 500 Dividend Aristocrats for 2014, 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 seventh year in a row. Hormel Foods was also recognized as a 2015 Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs magazine, on the 2015 Best for Vets Employers List by Military Times, and was named one of the 2015 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 http://www.hormelfoods.com.