Hormel Foods Named Top 100 Military Friendly Employer for Second Straight Year

  Hormel Foods Named Top 100 Military Friendly Employer for Second Straight

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AUSTIN, Minn. -- November 11, 2013

Hormel Foods (NYSE: HRL) announced today that it has been named a Top 100
Military Friendly Employer by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and
Military Spouse, for the second straight year. Hormel Foods earned the No. 63
spot on the list.

Companies competed for the elite Military Friendly Employer title via a
data-driven survey of more than 5,000 companies with resulting survey data
independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and
methodology established by Victory Media. Criteria for the survey included a
benchmark score across key programs and policies such as the strength of
company military recruiting efforts, the percentage of new hires with prior
military service, retention programs, and company policies on National Guard
and Reserve service.

“Military veterans have excellent transferable skills that are an asset to our
company,” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief
executive officer. “We are proud to be recognized on this list for the second
straight year.”

Now in its 11th year, Military Friendly Employers media is the premier
resource for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian
employment. Each year companies taking the survey are held to a higher
standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and
weightings developed with the assistance of an Advisory Board consisting of
leaders in the military recruitment community.

Hormel Foods will be showcased, along with other 2014 Military Friendly
Employers in the December edition of G.I. Jobs magazine and online at

Using the priority data engine on MilitaryFriendly.com, job seekers are able
to view prospective employer profiles, as well as design their own custom
lists according to their preferences. Custom, user-directed lists can then be
saved and shared socially, allowing each job seeker to find their unique No. 1
Military Friendly Employer.

“The 2014 Military Friendly Employers represent the preeminent tier of
companies with strong military recruitment programs and meaningful job
opportunities for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian
employment,” said Sean Collins, vice president for Victory Media and a
nine-year Navy veteran. “Our Military Friendly Employers constitute the group
of companies actually moving the needle and hiring from the military
community. The 2014 Military Friendly Employers reported hiring over 117,000
service members and spouses over the last 12 months, representing an average
of 14 percent of total new hires.”

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 2013, 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.

About Victory Media
Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, is a service-disabled, veteran-owned
small business, serving the military community since 2001. Our Military
Friendly lists and methodology can be found at MilitaryFriendly.com. Our
data-driven lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur
magazines, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal,
Fortune, Forbes and Bloomberg Business Week, and are frequently cited on
national TV programs such as CNN, CNBC, NBC, Fox News and others. You can
follow Military Friendly on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MilitaryFriendly or
on Twitter @Mil_Friendly.


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Julie H. Craven, 507-437-5345
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