Hormel Foods Announces Retirement, Advancement

  Hormel Foods Announces Retirement, Advancement

Business Wire

AUSTIN, Minn. -- September 24, 2013

Hormel Foods today announced the upcoming retirement of Dr. Phillip L.
Minerich, vice president of research and development, effective Dec. 31, 2013.
As a result, Dr. Kevin L. Myers, director of product and process development,
research and development, will be promoted to vice president of research and
development, effective Oct. 28, 2013.

“We have been so fortunate to have Phil as a member of our team for more than
37 years and as vice president of research and development for the past eight
years,” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief
executive officer at Hormel Foods. “He has significantly advanced our food
science capabilities and inspired a major leap forward in new product
innovation. On behalf of the company, we wish him the best of luck in his
retirement. In addition, congratulations to Kevin on his advancement. He has
demonstrated the leadership skills to drive change and produce results.”

Minerich began his career with Hormel Foods as a quality control trainee at
the Austin (Minn.) Plant in 1976. A year later, he was promoted to quality and
process control engineer. For the next six years, he held several foreman
positions and then in 1983, transferred to the Corporate Office (Austin,
Minn.) to become the sanitation specialist. A few months later, he became the
corporate manager of sanitation. In 1984, he transferred back to the Austin
Plant and held several foreman positions and in 1988, transferred to research
and development to become a food technologist. In 1991, he became a senior
food technologist and then a research scientist in packaging. In 2002, he
became the development leader of new food safety interventions and, a year
later, was promoted to director of product and process development and
packaging. He assumed his current position as vice president of research and
development in 2005.

Myers came to Hormel Foods with 11 years of experience in the food industry,
holding management positions in food technology, research science, and new
product development. In 2001, he started with the company as a research
scientist for fresh meat at research and development. He was promoted to
development leader of fresh and processed meats in 2005, and a year later, was
promoted to group manager of product development. In 2012, he assumed his
current role as director of product and process development. Myers is a
graduate of Iowa State University.

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, Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, 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 fifth 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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