Hormel surpasses solid waste goal six years early; Company donated 2.5M Spammy cans to Guatemala

Published 10:13 am Friday, June 5, 2015

Hormel Foods Corp. is breaking goals once again.

Hormel recently announced it surpassed its goal to reduce solid waste 10 percent by 2020 six years early, with the release of its 2014 Hormel Foods Corporate Responsibility Report. The report is available online at www.hormelfoods.com/csr and includes information related to the company’s sustainability performance in 2014.

“Our achievements in 2014 illustrate the dedication we have to being a responsible food manufacturer,” said President and CEO Jeffrey Ettinger in a press release. “Achieving our solid waste goal six years earlier than expected shows how committed our people are to not only reaching, but exceeding our sustainability goals.”

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Hormel also donated 2.5 million cans of Spammy, a shelf-stable poultry product, to help malnourished children in Guatemala, along with several donations to help food shelves and disaster relief efforts.

“We understand the positive impact we have on our communities and are pleased that we were able to donate more than $9.1 million in cash and products to help address hunger,” Ettinger said in the release. “Our journey to sustainability is never ending and we will continue to operate responsibly. It’s ‘Our Way’ of doing business.”

Highlights include:

•Surpassing the solid waste goal by 20 percent (originally set to reduce solid waste to landfills by 3,500 tons by 2020). In 2014 alone, the company’s operations implemented projects that reduced the amount of solid waste sent to landfills by 1,500 tons. The company plans to reevaluate and establish a new goal related to solid waste and will report the goal/progress in next year’s report.

•Awarding the first international winner of the Hormel Foods 2014 Sustainability Best of the Best competition to the Beijing Project Blue Sky team at the Beijing HFC Plant (Beijing, China) for their achievements in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

•Implementing projects that have documented significant resource savings:

•Reduced more than 2,500 metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from domestic manufacturing operations (32 percent of goal when combined with previous progress).

•Reduced energy use by 17,400 MMBtu (45 percent of goal when combined with previous progress).

•Reduced water use by 0.082 billion gallons (67 percent of goal when combined with previous progress).

•Reduced product packaging by 8.27 million pounds (68 percent of goal when combined with previous progress).

•Donating 2.5 million cans of Spammy to malnourished children in Guatemala, and $6.8 million in hunger donations, including products donated to food banks and disaster relief.