Hormel Foods Receives Two AMI Environmental Achievement Awards

  Hormel Foods Receives Two AMI Environmental Achievement Awards

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AUSTIN, Minn. -- March 22, 2013

Hormel Foods today announced it received two out of four possible American
Meat Institute (AMI) Environmental Achievement Awards in the categories of
environmental technology, outreach and training programs and resource
conservation. The awards were presented at the AMI Conference on Worker
Safety, Human Resources and the Environment in Kansas City, Mo., on March 20.

“We are honored to receive this recognition in the environmental technology,
outreach and training programs category for our corporate headquarters
expansion project, and in the resource conservation category for our water
conservation efforts at Burke Corporation,” said Thomas E. Raymond, director
of environmental sustainability. “These projects demonstrate our commitment to
corporate responsibility and are a testament of the dedication and hard work
of our outstanding team of employees.”

Through the awards program, AMI recognizes companies in four categories:
environmental technology; outreach and training programs; pollution
prevention; resource conservation; and social and economic sustainability. In
addition to the Environmental Achievement Awards, all of the company’s
eligible sites were recognized with AMI Environmental Management Systems
Awards at the conference.

Corporate headquarters (Austin, Minn.) expansion project
The company’s corporate headquarters expansion achieved Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design Gold Certification as a result of the sustainable
design and construction practices employed.

The expansion area was designed and constructed to minimize energy and water
usage. Energy savings were achieved through highly efficient heating,
ventilation and air conditioning and lighting systems, and water savings were
achieved through the use of ultra low flow fixtures and a gray water system
that collects rain water and utilizes ground water from the foundation
drainage system.

As a result, this project achieved a 46 percent energy reduction and 70
percent potable water reduction, and is expected to operate with utility costs
40 percent less than standard construction.

Burke Corporation (Nevada, Iowa) water conservation project
In September of 2008, Burke Corporation began implementing water conservation
projects that they identified through their own internal observations as well
as in collaboration with a government agency’s pollution prevention intern
program. They also assembled a water conservation team as a subgroup of their
environmental sustainability team.

Since that time, they have investigated and implemented automation and process
changes, mechanical modifications, and resource conservation training to
conserve water. While they instituted numerous mechanical conservation
projects, the bulk of their water reduction came from their conservation
training program.

Burke Corporation has saved more than 20 million gallons of water since 2008,
which is a 25 percent drop in water usage. Since approximately 60 percent of
that water saved is hot water, they also saved more than 67,000 therms of
natural gas.

About Hormel Foods
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 (S&P)
500 Index, S&P Dividend Aristocrats for 2012, Maplecroft Climate Innovation
Indexes, Global 1000 Sustainable Performance Leaders and was again named one
of "The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for
the fourth year in a row. Hormel Foods debuted on the G.I. Jobs magazine list
of America’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers in 2012. 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 http://www.hormelfoods.com.


Hormel Foods Corporation
Julie H. Craven, 507-437-5345
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