|Traded as||NYSE: HRL|
S&P 500 Component
|Founded||1891(as George A. Hormel & Company)|
|Founder||George A. Hormel|
Number of locations
|40 Manufacturing & Distribution Facilities|
|James Snee (Chairman, President, CEO)|
|Products||Deli meat, ethnic foods, pantry foods, Spam|
|Revenue||US$ 9.497 billion (2019)|
|1.2 billion (2019)|
|Total assets||US$ 8.10 billion (2019)|
Number of employees
Jennie-O turkey store
Hormel Foods Corporation is an American company founded in 1891 in Austin, Minnesota, by George A. Hormel as George A. Hormel & Company. Originally focusing on the packaging and selling of ham, Spam, sausage and other pork, chicken, beef and lamb products to consumers; by the 1980s, Hormel began offering a wider range of packaged and refrigerated foods. The company changed its name to Hormel Foods in 1993. Hormel serves 80 countries with brands such as Applegate, Columbus Craft Meats, Dinty Moore, Jennie-O, and Skippy.
The company was founded as George A. Hormel & Company in Austin, Minnesota by George A. Hormel in 1891. It changed its name to Hormel Foods in 1993.
George A. Hormel (born 1860 in Buffalo, New York) worked in a Chicago slaughterhouse before becoming a traveling wool and hide buyer. His travels took him to Austin and he decided to settle there. He borrowed $500 and opened a meat business. Hormel handled the production side of the business and his partner, Albert Friedrich, handled the retail. Their partnership dissolved in 1891 as Hormel started his own meat packing operation in northeast Austin in a creamery building on the Cedar River.
To make ends meet in those early days, Hormel continued to trade in hides, eggs, wool, and poultry. The name :68 In the first decade of the 20th century distribution centers were opened in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Duluth, San Antonio, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, and Birmingham.was first used in 1903.
In 1915, Hormel began selling dry sausages under the names of Cedar Cervelat, Holsteiner and Noxall Salami.:79 Hormel products began appearing in national magazines such as Good Housekeeping as early as 1916.
In 1921, when George's son Jay Hormel returned from service in the First World War, he uncovered that assistant controller Cy Thomson had embezzled $1,187,000 from the company over the previous ten years. The embezzlement scandal provided George Hormel with additional incentive to professionalize his company. He did so by arranging for more reliable capital management, by dismissing unproductive employees, and by continuing to develop new products,:90–103 reportedly with the mantra “Originate, don't imitate." In 1926, the company introduced Hormel Flavor-Sealed Ham, America's first canned ham, and added a canned chicken product line in 1928. Throughout the 1930s, Hormel ads were featured on the radio program The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.
Hormel Chili and Spam were introduced in 1936 and 1937 respectively. In 1938, Jay C. Hormel introduced the "Joint Savings Plan" which allowed employees to share in the profits of the company.
In 1933, workers, led by itinerant butcher Frank Ellis, formed the Independent Union of All Workers and conducted one of the nation's first successful sit-down strikes; the union would later join the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO, later AFL-CIO).
By 1942, George and Jay established The Hormel Foundation to act as trustees of the family trusts. The Foundation funded the Hormel Institute at the University of Minnesota, initially started with a study of the food value of soybeans. The Institute's scope later grew towards studying nutrition, animal diseases and food technology. Hormel's production increased to aid in World War II and 65% of its products were purchased by the U.S. government by 1945.:77–78
Little Sizzlers sausages were introduced in 1961 and Cure 81 hams were introduced in 1963. Unfortunately Little Sizzler's sausage has been discontinued per 10/10/19 email from Hormel's Customer Service.
Not-So-Sloppy-Joe Sloppy Joe sauce made its debut in 1985. In 1986, Hormel Foods acquired Jennie-O Foods and also began an exclusive licensing arrangement to produce Chi-Chi's brand products. The following year, Hormel Foods introduced the Top Shelf line of microwavable non-frozen products. The company added to their poultry offerings by purchasing Chicken by George, created by former Miss America Phyllis George, in 1988. That same year, Hormel Foods also introduced microwave bacon. In 1984, Hormel introduced the Frank 'n Stuff brand of stuffed hot dogs.
In August 1985, Hormel workers went on strike at the Hormel headquarters in Austin, Minnesota. In the early 1980s, recession impacted several meatpacking companies, decreasing demand and increasing competition which led smaller and less-efficient companies to go out of business. In an effort to keep plants from closing, many instituted wage cuts. Wilson Food Company declared bankruptcy in 1983, allowing them to cut wages from $10.69 to $6.50 and significantly reduce benefits. Hormel Foods had avoided such drastic action, but by 1985, pressure to stay competitive remained.
Workers had already labored under a wage freeze and dangerous working conditions, leading to many cases of repetitive strain injury. When management demanded a 23% wage cut from the workers they decided to begin the strike. It became one of the longest strikes of the 1980s.
The local chapter of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local P-9, led the strike, but was not supported by their parent union. A commemorative mural painted by Mike Alewitz and P-9 workers during the strike was destroyed by the UFCW months after the strike ended. The strike gained national attention and led to a widely publicized consumer boycott of Hormel products. The strike ended in June 1986, after lasting 10 months.
According to Triple Pundit, Hormel Foods began CSR reporting in 2006. The company has been included in Corporate Responsibility magazine's list of the "100 best corporate citizens" for 10 consecutive years.
In 2008 an article in the New York Times, "SPAM Turns Serious and Hormel Turns Out More", detailed an overwhelming spike in the demand for SPAM, perhaps due to the flagging economy. In 2009 Hormel and Herdez del Fuerte created the joint venture MegaMex Foods to market and distribute Mexican food in the United States. Brands included in the venture include Herdez, La Victoria, Chi Chi's, El Torito, Embasa, Wholly Guacamole, Del Fuerte, Dona Maria, Bufalo, and Don Miguel.
In September 2008, animal rights organization PETA released a video recorded over the course of three months showing workers at a pig factory farm in Iowa abusing pigs. The factory farm was owned by Natural Pork Production II LLP of Iowa until August 18, 2008, at which point ownership had transferred to MowMar LLP. Hormel spokeswoman Julie Henderson Craven, who responded to the PETA video, called the videotaped abuses "completely unacceptable." In their 2007 Corporate Responsibility Report, Hormel Foods stated that all suppliers are expected to comply with several welfare programs to ensure that the hogs purchased are treated humanely. Because of the investigation, several employees of the farm were fired and six individuals faced charges due to the abuse.
In 2011, Hormel Foods announced a two-for-one stock split. In 2013, Hormel Foods purchased Skippy—the best-selling brand of peanut butter in China and the second-best-selling brand in the world—from Unilever for $700 million; the sale included Skippy's American and Chinese factories.
In May 2015, Hormel revealed it would acquire meat processing firm Applegate Farms for around $775 million, expanding its range of meat products.
In 2015, the Hormel Health Labs division of Hormel Foods launched its Hormel Vital Cuisine line of packaged ready to eat meals, nutrition shakes and whey protein powders geared towards cancer patients and made available for home delivery. The line was developed in concert with three parties, as "Hormel brought food formulation, packaging and shelf stability knowledge, (chef de cuisine) Ron DeSantis brought taste and texture expertise, and the Cancer Nutrition Consortium offered the nutritional framework."
In 2015, SPAMMY became available for purchase under Title I for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) feeding programs and Title II for U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) programs under the name fortified poultry-based spread (FPBS). Four years earlier, the company had made an initial three-year commitment to deliver 1 million cans of this product to in-need families in Guatemala.
Also in 2015, after an undercover investigation by a group known as Compassion Over Killing at an Austin, Minnesota processing plant, Hormel Foods announced it was "bringing humane handling officers to a Quality Pork Processors Incorporated facility to ensure compliance with its own animal welfare standards." It has also told QPP to provide extra training, enhance compliance oversight and increase third-party auditing. According to Reuters, "in one scene of the video, pigs covered in feces or pus-filled abscesses are sent down the plant’s conveyor belt. At one point, a knife is used to cut open abscesses on dead pigs."
In 2016, Peak Rock Capital purchased the Diamond Crystal Brands Inc. unit, purchased by Hormel in 2002 for $155 million from Imperial Sugar. Also in 2016, Hormel acquired the nut butter producer Justin’s for 280 million.
In 2016, 2017, and 2018, the company was named as one of the Human Rights Campaign's Best Places to Work for LGBT equality. In 2019, Hormel was again named to one of the best places to work for LGBT equality, as the company obtained a 95 out of 100 score in the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. The almost-perfect score was due to the area of "equivalency in same and different-sex domestic partner medical and soft benefits", where Hormel received half-credit for providing parity in some, but not all, benefits.
In October 2017, Hormel announced it would acquire deli meat company Columbus Manufacturing for $850 million.
In 2017, Mercy For Animals released undercover video footage of pigs being abused at The Maschhoffs LLC., a Hormel pork supplier in Hinton, Oklahoma, with piglets being castrated and having their tails cut off without any anesthetic, piglets left to suffer from untreated illness or injuries, and mother pigs crammed into gestation crates unable to move. In response, Hormel temporarily suspended its buying from the supplier.
According to the Military Times, the company has been listed in the top 100 Best for Vets Employers category consistently since 2013.
In April 2019, together with Harvard University Dining Services, the company hosted the Small Change Big Impact Food Summit at Harvard University.
In September 2019, Hormel Foods announced that they had achieved their non-renewable energy use reduction goal a year ahead of schedule.
Also in September 2019, the company launched a vegetarian meat alternative called Happy Little Plants for foodservice and retail customers.
On April 18, 2020, local health officials shut down a Hormel Foods plant in Rochelle, Illinois, that employed 800 people after at least 24 workers tested positive for coronavirus. On April 21, Hormel announced the closure of three meat processing plants, including its Alma Foods plant in Alma, Kansas. That plant employs about 100 workers and at least one worker tested positive for the coronavirus. Hormel also closed its Don Miguel Foods factory in Dallas, Texas, which is a joint venture with a Mexico City company, Herdez Del Fuerte. The plant made pork, beef and chicken burritos and tacos, and employed about 700 workers. On April 24, Hormel announced the closure of two plants in Willmar, Minnesota, after 14 workers tested positive for coronavirus. These Jennie-O turkey plants employed over 1,200 workers.
In October of 2020 Hormel launched a bacon scented protective mask giveaway charity promotion.
|George A. Hormel||1891–1926|
|Jay C. Hormel||1926–1954|
- List of food companies
- Philip Danforth Armour
- Gustavus Franklin Swift
- Hormel Historic Home
- Impact of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic on the meat industry in the United States
- Wall St, Simply (January 26, 2020). "Here's What We Think About Hormel Foods Corporation's (NYSE:HRL) CEO Pay". Simply Wall Street. Simply Wall Street Pty Ltd. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
Jim Snee became the CEO of Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) in 2016.
- "Annual Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934" (PDF). December 28, 2019.
- Hormel Foods Corporation. "Hormel Foods Reports Fourth Quarter And Fiscal 2019 Earnings; Provides Fiscal 2020 Outlook". www.prnewswire.com (Press release).
- "How many people work for Hormel Foods?". Hormel Foods.
- "George Hormel, 85, Packing Firm Founder, Dies". Chicago Tribune. June 5, 1946.
- "Friedrich & Hormel are Dissolved". Mower Country Transcript. October 7, 1891.
- Doocy, Sue. "Mower County Historical Society Main Location". Mower County Historical Society. MCHS. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
- Webb Garrison (November 3, 1998). A Treasury of Minnesota Tales: Unusual, Interesting, and Little-Known Stories of Minnesota. Thomas Nelson. p. 73. ISBN 978-1-4185-3062-4.
- Dougherty, Richard (1966). In Quest of Quality: Hormel's First 75 Years. Austin, Minnesota: Geo A. Hormel & Company. ASIN B0006BOWUW. OCLC 988269.
- Hormel Good Cheer ad. Good Housekeeping: International Magazine Company. 1916. p. 4.
- Frances Levinson (March 11, 1946). Hormel: The Spam Man. Time LIFE Inc. p. 63.
- Lund, Doniver (1990). The Hormel Legacy: 100 Years of Quality. Austin, Minnesota: Geo A. Hormel & Co. ASIN B0006EVC7K. OCLC 23458845.
- Breining, Greg; Chesley, Paul (2006). Minnesota. Compass American Guides. p. 123. ISBN 1400014840. OCLC 1028325804.
- Allen, Gary; Albala, Ken (2007). The Business of Food: Encyclopedia of the Food and Drink Industries. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. pp. 225, 307. ISBN 978-0-313-06917-8. OCLC 192084169.
- Núria Almiron; Matthew Cole; Carrie P. Freeman (October 14, 2015). Critical Animal and Media Studies: Communication for Nonhuman Animal Advocacy. Taylor & Francis. p. 103. ISBN 978-1-317-55268-0.
- Moore, Hank (April 5, 2016). Pop Icons and Business Legends: History of Commerce and Heritage of Culture. New York: Morgan James Publishing. p. 124. ISBN 978-1630478438. OCLC 928111859.
- "Joint Earnings Plan Tried Out In Meat Plant". Minneapolis Star. January 6, 1939.
- "Ellis, Frank Alexander, 1888 - 1976 Oral History Interview, November 1974 – Southern Minnesota Historical Center – Physical Collections – Library Services – Minnesota State University, Mankato". lib.mnsu.edu.
- Ken, Gagala (1985). "A Wobbly-Bred Campaign in Minnesota - Minnesota Public Radio (rebroadcast from 7 August 1997)". Labor Research Review.
- ""The Strike is On" on Midday". Minnesota Public Radio. 1985.
- Holcombe, Randall G. (April 17, 2018). Writing Off Ideas: Taxation, Philanthropy and America's Non-profit Foundations. Routledge. ISBN 9781351326940.
- Special to the Minneapolis Tribune (April 19, 1955). "New President Chosen for Hormel Firm". Star Tribune. Star Tribune. Retrieved September 18, 2018.(Subscription required.)
- "Hormel Wins Approval of Humane Practices". Honolulu Advertiser. April 17, 1959. p. 9.
- Lazarus, George. "Hormel Joins Forces With Mexican Salsa Maker". Chicago Tribune. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
- Press, From Associated (December 7, 1992). "Hormel Prospers by Getting Into Processed Food Lines : Keyword: Its profit has tripled since 1980, as it has reduced its emphasis on fresh meat products". Los Angeles Times.
- Puzo, Daniel (June 2, 1988). "Product-Introduction Rate Decline Reported After Marketing Setbacks". LA Times.com. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
- Hage, Dave; Klauda, Paul (1989). No retreat, no surrender: labor's war at Hormel. W. Morrow. ISBN 0688077455. OCLC 19325023.
- Rachleff, Peter. "They Say Give Back, We Say Fight Back". DollarsandSense.org. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
- World, Special to People’s (August 17, 2015). "Today in labor history: Hormel meatpackers launch historic 1985 strike". People's World. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
- Baskas, Harriet (March 27, 2016). "Spam, the Edible Kind, Could Be a Boon for This Minnesota Town". NBC News.
- Reuters News Agency (January 24, 2001). "Hormel Foods is Planning to Buy The Turkey Store". The New York Times. Reuters. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
- Franco, Nick (May 22, 2012). "CSR Reporting's Greatest Hits in the Twin Cities". Triple Pundit.
- "CRO's 100 Best Corporate Citizens 2009" (PDF). Corporate Responsibility Magazine. 3BL Media. p. 2.
- Martin, Andrew (November 14, 2008). "Spam Turns Serious and Hormel Turns Out More". The New York Times.
- "Hormel, Herdez Del Fuerte Launch MegaMex Foods". PreparedFoods.com. July 6, 2009. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
- Selcke, Taylor (February 1, 2012). "Hormel's MegaMex Foods sales up 150 percent". www.bizjournals.com (Press release). Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal.
- "Mother Pigs and Piglets Abused by Hormel Supplier". People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. n.d.
- "Graphic Abuse Of Pigs Caught On Tape". CBS News. Associated Press. September 17, 2008. Archived from the original on November 28, 2018.
- "Video shows workers abusing pigs at Hormel supplier". Austin Daily Herald. September 16, 2008. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
- Lorentzen, Amy (October 24, 2008). "Charges filed against 6 in Iowa pig abuse case". USA Today.
- "Hormel Foods Corporation - Form 10Q: Consolidated Statements of Financial Position". www.sec.gov. Securities and Exchange Commission. April 29, 2018.
- Isidore, Chris (January 3, 2013). "Spam maker buys Skippy peanut butter". CNN Money. CNN. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
- Editorial, Reuters (May 26, 2015). "Hormel Foods to buy organic meat company Applegate for $775 million". Reuters.
- Painter, Kristen Leigh (November 28, 2016). "Hormel joins cancer specialists to develop line of ready-made foods for chemo patients". Chicago Tribune. tronc, Inc.
- Thurow, Roger (2016). The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and ChildrenÑAnd the World. PublicAffairs. p. 187. ISBN 9781610395854.
- "Hormel Foods Develops Innovative Protein Product to Address Childhood Malnutrition". Hormel Foods (Press release). March 30, 2011.
- Na, Danny (November 13, 2015). "U.S. supplier to Hormel tightens controls after animal abuse video". Reuters. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
- Hughlett, Mike (November 11, 2015). "USDA investigating Hormel supplier's treatment of pigs after video surfaces". Star Tribune.
- Mayle, Mary Carr (April 28, 2016). "Diamond Crystal Brands changing hands". businessinsavannah.com. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
- Hughlett, Mike (April 29, 2016). "Hormel sells Diamond Crystal Brands to private equity firm in Texas". Star Tribune. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
- "Annual Report on Form 10-k". SEC (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission). Retrieved November 26, 2019.
- Human Rights Campaign "Best Places to Work" 2016-2018
- Human Rights Campaign (2019). Corporate Equality Index (PDF) (Report). Human Rights Campaign Foundation. p. 101. ISBN 978-1-934765-44-9.
- "Smithfield Foods finalizes acquisition of Clougherty Packing from Hormel Foods". Food Business News. January 4, 2017. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
- Trotter, Greg. "Spam-maker Hormel to buy premium deli meat company Columbus for $850 million". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
- Tom Meersman and Kristen Leigh Painter (January 31, 2017). "Animal rights group accuses Hormel supplier of mistreating pigs". Star Tribune. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
- Military Times, Best For Vets 2013-2019
- Baskin, Kara (April 8, 2019). "Tackling tough topics at Small Change, Big Impact Food Summit at Harvard". The Boston Globe.
- globalmeatnews.com. "Hormel hits energy reduction goal". globalmeatnews.com. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
- Yaffe-Bellany, David (October 14, 2019). "The New Makers of Plant-Based Meat? Big Meat Companies". New York Times. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
- Staff. "Rochelle Food Plant Shut Down by Ogle County Health Department After Covid-19 Outbreak". ABC 7 Chicago. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
- Mannette, Alice (April 21, 2020). "Hormel Foods in Alma halts production due to coronavirus". Leavenworth Times. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
- Hughlett, Mike (April 21, 2020). "Hormel Mexican food joint venture closes Texas plant because of COVID-19". Star Tribune. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
- Hughlett, Mike (April 24, 2020). "Jennie-O closes two turkey plants in Willmar after 14 workers test positive for COVID-19". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
- "New President Chosen for Hormel Firm". Minneapolis Morning Tribune. April 19, 1955.(Subscription required.)
- "Corey Resigns; Gray Board Chairman and Thompson President". Austin Daily Herald. 74 (213). Austin, Minnesota. July 20, 1965.
- Coss, Kevin (April 12, 2012). "Former Hormel CEO Holton dies at 92". Austin Daily Herald.
- S&P Global Market Intelligence. "Executive Profile: Richard Lyle Knowlton" (Employee Information Portal provided by Bloomberg.com). Healthcare Providers and Services Company Overview of Eisenhower Medical Center, Inc. Bloomberg. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
- No author (July 10, 2004). "New Hormel chief ready to dig in to challenges, former Jennie-O official to take over as president, COO". St. Cloud Times. St. Cloud Times.(Subscription required.)
- Knowlton, Richard L.; Beyma, Ron (2010). Points of Difference: Transforming Hormel (1st ed.). Garden City, NY: Morgan James. ISBN 9781614481126. OCLC 826657964.
- Cooper, Jake (1988). Lessons of the P-9 Strike. San Francisco, CA: Socialist Action. OCLC 40950771.
- Genoways, Ted (2014). The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of our Food. ISBN 9780062288752. OCLC 926727755.
- White, John H. (1986). The Great Yellow Fleet: A History of American Railroad Refrigerator Cars. San Marino, Calif.: Golden West Books. ISBN 9780870950919. OCLC 907747754.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hormel Foods.|