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Hormel Foods Announces Recipients of Prestigious Supplier Award

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Hormel Foods Announces Recipients of Prestigious Supplier Award08:26 EDT Thursday, May 12, 2011 AUSTIN, Minn. (Business Wire) -- The Hormel No. 1 Award recipients have been announced for 2006 to 2010. This prestigious honor is presented to top supplier partners every five years. In order for a supplier to qualify for the Hormel No. 1 Award, supplier partners must: Have a supplier rating index of 96 percent or better in the fourth calendar quarter of the reporting year. The average of the five-year supplier rating index must be equal to or greater than 96 percent. Be a recipient of the Spirit of Excellence Award (an annual award given by Hormel Foods) for a minimum of four times throughout the last five consecutive years. Meet additional requirements in the areas of: number of products sold by the supplier to Hormel Foods; dollars of exposure and deliveries to Hormel Foods; number of Hormel Foods locations serviced; and participation in continuous improvement processes. 2011 marks the fourth time the award has been given. “This award recognizes suppliers that demonstrate a culture of continuous improvement, innovation, growth, partnership and customer service,” said Melanie Faust, director of purchasing. “Long-term successful partnerships with our suppliers allow Hormel Foods to achieve our goal of elevating the everyday with our customers. Congratulations to our Hormel No. 1 recipients and all of their employees.” The recipients of the Hormel No. 1 Award are: A.J. Lysne Contracting CorporationBunzl Processors DivisionCommercial ServicesDecker Truck Line, Inc.Dickey Transport, Inc.Dickson Industries, Inc.Environmental Land Management, LLCFieldale Farms CorporationFox ElectricGleeson Constructors, Inc.Holiday Express CorporationKofabLou Rich, Inc.McFarland Truck Lines, Inc.Midwest Coast TransportNewly Weds FoodsParis FoodsRed Arrow Products Co. LLCSilgan Containers CorporationSmyth Companies, Inc.The Meyers Printing Companies, Inc.Werner Electric Supply & Van Meter Industrial, Inc.xpedx About Hormel Foods Corporation 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 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 Hormel FoodsWilliam W. McLain,