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Hormel Foods Receives Supplier of the Year Award from World's Largest Retailer

Monday, March 19, 2012

Hormel Foods Receives Supplier of the Year Award from World's Largest Retailer08:00 EDT Monday, March 19, 2012 AUSTIN, Minn. (Business Wire) -- Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced it was named the Walmart Supplier of the Year for overall best supplier performance and partnership in 2011. The Supplier of the Year award is the top recognition given by Walmart and was presented at the Supplier Summit in Orlando, FL. The award recognizes Hormel Foods for a track record of successful innovation and years of consistent growth. “We are honored to be recognized by Walmart for this outstanding accomplishment,” said Patrick J. Connor, vice president at Hormel Foods and senior vice president of sales-Walmart. “This award acknowledges the extraordinary efforts of our entire team throughout the U.S. and symbolizes our long-term growth and strategic alignment with one of our top customers.” This is the first year Hormel Foods has been awarded the overall Walmart Supplier of the Year award. 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 Foods CorporationJulie H. Craven,