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Hormel Foods Pledges to Relief Efforts in Japan

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Hormel Foods Pledges to Relief Efforts in Japan08:43 EDT Thursday, March 17, 2011 AUSTIN, Minn. (Business Wire) -- Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) announced today it is pledging more than $100,000 toward an employee match donation for the American Red Cross and a donation of the SPAM® family of products to support near- and long-term relief efforts in Japan following the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami. “Our employees are saddened by the devastation in Japan and are eager to help,” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer at Hormel Foods. “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the disaster and the relief volunteers and organizations.” About Hormel Foods CorporationHormel 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 500 Index, Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes, Global 1000 Sustainable Performance Leaders and was named one of "The 100 Most Trustworthy Companies" by Forbes in 2010. 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. Hormel FoodsWilliam W. McLainmedia@hormel.com507-437-5345