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Hormel Foods Announces Advancement

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hormel Foods Announces Advancement07:36 EST Wednesday, February 22, 2012 AUSTIN, Minn. (Business Wire) -- Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced the advancement of Luis G. Marconi, managing director of MegaMex Foods (Orange, Calif.), to vice president of Grocery Products marketing at the Hormel Foods Corporate Office (Austin, Minn.) effective March 5, 2012. “Luis is a proven, effective business leader and a strategic thinker with a strong commercial mindset,” said James M. Splinter, group vice president of Grocery Products at Hormel Foods. “We look forward to Luis' contributions to our continued Grocery Products success.” Formed in 2009, MegaMex Foods LLC is a joint venture between Hormel Foods Corporation and Herdez Del Fuerte, S.A. de C.V. MarconiMarconi began his career with Hormel Foods in 2000 as the manager of international sales and marketing in the international division. He advanced in 2006 to a senior role in the Grocery Products division as manager of international joint ventures. In 2009, when the MegaMex Foods joint venture was formed, Marconi was appointed managing director by the Board of Managers. About Hormel FoodsHormel 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 FoodsJulie H. Craven,