Hormel Foods Announces Hormel Heroes Scholarship Recipients

AUSTIN, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#philanthropy–Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) today announced the recipients of
its $10,000 2016 Hormel Heroes Scholarships. The Hormel Heroes
Scholarship Program was created by Hormel Foods to support female
students with military backgrounds pursuing careers in culinary arts or
a foodservice management related program, and is administered by the
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF).

“Hormel Foods has a long history or supporting the military. From
producing SPAM® products to help feed allied
troops during World War II, to producing products for the military today
and providing employment opportunities for veterans, we are inspired by
those who serve or have served our country,” said Jeff Baker, group vice
president of foodservice, Hormel Foods. “We are proud to provide these
scholarships to help these veterans foster their careers in the
foodservice industry.”

The 2016 Hormel Heroes Scholarship recipients are Stephanie Brown and
Carly Cooper.

Brown was in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years and is pursuing a degree in
culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University. She would like to run her
own food-related business after she graduates.

“Thank you so much for this most generous scholarship,” Brown said. “I
promise to work hard and I will never forget your contribution to
fulfilling my dreams of a culinary career.”

Cooper was in the U.S. Air Force for two years and is pursuing a degree
in culinary arts from The Culinary Institute of America. She would like
to run a small restaurant after she graduates.

“This scholarship means I’ll have a little less stress while I’m trying
to accomplish my dreams,” Cooper said.

“The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation has a
long-standing partnership with the military and is proud to recognize
excellence in its past and present members,” said Rob Gifford, executive
vice president, NRAEF. “We’re so thankful that Hormel Foods has made
this scholarship possible and wish the recipients the best of luck in
their future endeavors.”

Additional information about the company’s philanthropic efforts can be
found in the company’s corporate responsibility report: http://2015csr.hormelfoods.com/.

About Hormel Foods – Inspired People. Inspired Food.
Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food
company with over $9 billion in annual revenues across 75 countries
worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY®, SPAM®,
Hormel® Natural Choice®,
Applegate®, Justin’s®, Wholly
®, Hormel®
Black Label
® and more than 30 other beloved
brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index, S&P 500 Dividend
Aristocrats, was named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by
Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the eighth year in a row, and has
received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate
responsibility and community service efforts. In 2016, the company
celebrated its 125th anniversary and announced its new vision
for the future – Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ – focusing on
its legacy of innovation. For more information, visit www.hormelfoods.com
and http://2015csr.hormelfoods.com/.

About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the
NRAEF exists to enhance the restaurant industry’s service to the public
through education, community engagement and promotion of career
opportunities. The NRAEF works to attract, develop and retain a
career-oriented professional workforce for the restaurant industry. In
2016, the restaurant and foodservice industry is projected to provide a
record 14.4 million jobs, making it the nation’s second largest private
sector employer. For more information about the NRAEF, visit


Hormel Foods Corporation
Kelly Braaten, 507-437-5345