Lawsuit Accuses Hormel Of Using Meaningless ‘Natural’ Descriptor For Deli Meat

Lawsuit Accuses Hormel Of Using Meaningless ‘Natural’ Descriptor For Deli Meat

When you see a label that says “natural” on your meat, you might make some assumptions about what’s in it. Doesn’t that label mean meat that doesn’t have preservatives or artificial colors, that comes from animals raised without growth-promoting hormones or antibiotics? Well, no, it doesn’t necessarily mean that, and a recent lawsuit from the Animal Legal Defense Fund calls Hormel out on its labeling advertisements for their meats. [More]

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Hormel Must Pay Workers For The Time It Takes To Put On, Take Off Uniforms

Over the past several years, companies have come under scrutiny for a variety of practices that some see as wage theft, including not providing reimbursement for uniforms, requiring some work to be performed off the clocks, and mandating employees clock out for a break even if they don’t take one. Today, Wisconsin’s highest court found that Hormel Foods owes hundreds of workers back wages for failing to provide compensation for the time spent putting on and taking off required clothing and equipment.  [More]

USDA Investigating Hormel Pork Supplier After Video Showing “Completely Unacceptable” Conditions Surfaces

USDA Investigating Hormel Pork Supplier After Video Showing “Completely Unacceptable” Conditions Surfaces

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it’s going to investigate a Hormel Foods’ pork supplier in Austin, after an undercover video surfaced showing treatment of pigs that is “completely unacceptable,” federal meat inspectors say.

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Some Skippy Peanut Butter Recalled Because No One Enjoys Small Metal Shavings In Their Snack

Some Skippy Peanut Butter Recalled Because No One Enjoys Small Metal Shavings In Their Snack

When it comes to peanut butter, the great war wages on between chunky-lovers and smooth-o-philes, but one thing both sides of that battle can agree on is that peanut butter should not contain metal shavings of any sort. [More]

Why Does Farmer John Sell The Same Sausages With Different Recipes At Regular And Discount Grocery Stores?

Why Does Farmer John Sell The Same Sausages With Different Recipes At Regular And Discount Grocery Stores?

You can’t blame Charles for thinking that the products that he bought at two different grocery stores were the same thing. They’re both Farmer John maple sausages. Both packages contain 8 sausages, and weigh 8 ounces uncooked. Yet they have slightly different nutritional profiles. He thinks this is because one comes from a discount grocery store. Is that the case? [More]

Food Conglomerates That Take In Organic Brands Have Learned To Leave Them Alone

Food Conglomerates That Take In Organic Brands Have Learned To Leave Them Alone

Big players in the packaged food industry have used a tactic of “if you can’t beat ’em, acquire ’em” when it comes to brands in the natural and organic foods sector. Yet what initially seemed like perfect corporate marriages of convenience may not be working out as well as anyone had originally planned. [More]

Hormel Goes To Its Culinary ‘Discovery Space,’ Returns With Bags Of Spam Jerky

Hormel Goes To Its Culinary ‘Discovery Space,’ Returns With Bags Of Spam Jerky

Our world is one where people go crazy over novel presentations of beloved snacks, but also one where people are seeking snacks full of protein. That’s why it really shouldn’t surprise anyone that Hormel, best known as the maker of Spam, is expanding into new, snack-size iterations of their meat and peanut butter products. [More]

Hormel Gobbling Up Applegate Farms For $775M

Hormel Gobbling Up Applegate Farms For $775M

In a sign of the times, Hormel Foods Corp., the maker of Spam, is trying for that natural foods feeling and has decided that buying Applegate Farms for $775 million is the way to achieve it.

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Hormel Says Turkey Sales Will Suffer This Year Because Of Bird Flu Outbreak

In the midst of a major avian flu outbreak, Hormel says the fallout from the virus will mean it sells fewer turkeys this year, after losing 1.7 million birds on 28 farms in Minnesota.

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Maker Of Processed Meat Products To Purchase Maker Of Muscle Milk, Other Supplements

Maker Of Processed Meat Products To Purchase Maker Of Muscle Milk, Other Supplements

Hormel Foods Brands added to its already diverse portfolio by making a move to purchase CytoSport Holdings, the maker of supplement brands such as Muscle Milk. [More]

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Spam’s Maker Buys Skippy, We Hope They Don’t Come Up With Any Wacky Combos

Maybe it’s just the refreshing feeling of a brand new year, but this week has already seen a lot of action when it comes to companies buying other companies/brands. Yesterday Avis announced it was buying Zipcar, and today Hormel says it’s handing over $700 million to buy Skippy peanut butter from Unilever. [More]

Lower Earnings, Higher Costs For Meat Companies Could Mean Price Hikes

Lower Earnings, Higher Costs For Meat Companies Could Mean Price Hikes

As Americans get ready to gorge on Thanksgiving turkey, some bad news for the makers of meat in this country — earnings at the biggest companies are down, which could mean higher prices for consumers.

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Why Does Spicy Hormel Pepperoni Cost More Than Original Flavor?

Why Does Spicy Hormel Pepperoni Cost More Than Original Flavor?

The blogger known as HolyJuan made a horrible discovery after purchasing some Hormel brand pepperoni. By purchasing the “Hot & Spicy” pepperoni, he paid the same price per bag for three fewer ounces of pepperoni goodness than the original flavor. What is this nonsense?

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Spam Starts New Ad Campaign Today – Not Via Unsolicited E-mail

Spam. It’s cheap, it’s versatile, and I’ve been told that some people even find it edible. Sales of all canned food, including canned meat, are up in the recession, and Hormel’s new strategy is to promote Spam as something different for people to rotate into their monotonous meal plans.

Hormel Making Lots Of Money By Not Lowering Prices?

Hormel Making Lots Of Money By Not Lowering Prices?

Remember last year when all the food manufacturers were raising prices and shrinking portions because the cost of raw materials had risen dramatically? Now that costs are down, they’re reluctant to lower prices. It’s a good time to be in the food business.