Driving down a nondescript industrial road in Austin, Minn., you might find yourself slowing down to admire a striking building with a facade of glass and red panels. Backing onto Wolf Creek and a forest of white oak and ironwood trees, it would be easy to mistake the building for a high-end architectural firm. Instead, this is the new multimillion dollar, 52,000-square-foot research and development laboratory of Hormel Foods.
Reaching an ambitious packaging reduction goal: 25 million pounds by the year 2020
By Ethan Watters
The mind-bending complexity of how food is packaged is something most consumers don’t pay much attention to. Consider the fact that there are over 11,000 distinct materials used to package Hormel Foods products. Figuring out exactly how to make those materials maximally efficient and sustainable falls to an elite group with an ambitious goal: In 2012, the packaging development team was challenged to reduce total packaging material by 25 million pounds by the year 2020. With only a year to go, the team’s job is getting more difficult.
Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) announced today it is tackling school lunch debt at several schools in its plant communities this holiday season through a special one-time gift.
The company is contributing over $28,000 to help the schools and families in six of its plant communities, with plans to help its other plant communities in the future. In the majority of these schools, the donation will erase all school lunch debt.
AUSTIN, Minn., December 12, 2019 /3BL Media/ - Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) and IGS Solar have announced the completion of the solar energy project at the Hormel Foods Swiss American Sausage Company facility in Lathrop, Calif.
The completion was celebrated at a Flip the Switch Event yesterday at the manufacturing facility, which produces a variety of pepperoni and salami for foodservice pizza toppings.
AUSTIN, Minn., December 3, 2019 /3BL Media/ — Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), the makers of the Hormel® Cure 81® brand, announced today that it has donated 900 boneless half hams to Conscious Alliance to help others in need this Thanksgiving. Conscious Alliance recently distributed the hams in meal boxes for members of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
AUSTIN, Minn., November 21, 2019 /3BL Media/ — Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), today announced a donation of 80,000 pounds of food to support #TeamJulie in the KARE 11 Food Fight. The Food Fight is a competitive food drive between the KARE 11 (Minneapolis, Minn.) news anchors that benefits the Second Harvest Heartland food bank.
The company’s donation consists of over 75,000 pounds of Hormel® Compleats® microwave meals and 5,000 pounds of SPAM® mezclita spread.
Gift to result in estimated 10,000 meals for Minnesota families in need
WILLMAR, Minn., November 20, 2019 /3BL Media/ — Jennie-O Turkey Store has partnered with Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen; his wife, Caitlin; and the Thielen Foundation to provide 1,000 turkeys to Minnesota families in need this Thanksgiving season. The donation is being made through the Salvation Army, which serves people throughout Minnesota. According to food experts, 1,000 turkeys will likely contribute to 10,000 meals, helping to curb hunger in the state.
AUSTIN, Minn., November 12, 2019 /3BL Media/ — Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), a global branded food company, today announced it has been recognized by Forbes on its 2019 World’s Best Employers list, coming in at No. 72 (up from No. 234 the year before). This is the third year in a row the company has received this recognition.
Hormel Foods continues to expand its use of renewable energy sources
By Nevin Martell
The sun is rising over a new era at Hormel Foods — in more ways than one. That’s because the company is increasingly relying on solar power as an environmentally friendly, renewable energy source. It’s part of a companywide goal to achieve a 10 percent reduction in nonrenewable energy use by 2020 (based on 2011 levels). As of the end of 2018, the company achieved this goal.