Hormel Foods Debuts on the Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes by EON


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									Hormel Foods Debuts on the Maplecroft Climate
Innovation Indexes
October 07, 2010 08:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time  

AUSTIN, Minn.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) announced today it
is included on the Maplecroft CII Benchmark, part of the Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes (CII), which
evaluate corporate performance in climate-related innovation and carbon management. The Maplecroft CII
Benchmark is comprised of the top 339 U.S.-based companies of the 1,300 companies evaluated, including Hormel
Foods, which ranked 126.

Examples of the corporate responsibility initiatives at Hormel Foods that were evaluated as part of the Maplecroft
CII Benchmark selection process include:

    l   The company’s global Environmental Management System, which integrates company environmental policies
        into the overall business strategy; and
    l   The organizational learning strategy at Hormel Foods, which encourages and facilitates the flow and exchange
        of eco ideas throughout the company.

The Maplecroft CIIs consider U.S. stocks with a free-float market capitalization of more than $1 billion (USD) and
each company is rated against more than 100 performance based criteria. These criteria include the capacity to
generate innovative new technologies or initiatives that capitalize on climate-related market opportunities; the
management of climate change through policies, disclosure, targets, verification and supply chain processes; the
mitigation of carbon emissions; adaptation by modeling future climate impacts and changing company operations and
strategy; and reductions in overall GHG emissions. This is the first reweighting of the indexes, which were initially
launched on the BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL® service in January 2010.

Hormel Foods has achieved several sustainability milestones in 2010, including its recent addition to the Dow Jones
Sustainability World Index, being recognized on the Global 1000 Sustainable Performance Leaders ranking for 2009
by CRD Analytics, and the LEED® Gold certification of its Progressive Processing LLC production facility in
Dubuque, Iowa. For more information about Hormel Foods and its commitment to corporate responsibility and
sustainability, please visit http://www.hormelfoods.com/csr.

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 quality, value-added brands to the global marketplace. The company is a member of the Standard
& Poor's 500 Index, Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and was named one of "The 100 Most Trustworthy
Companies” by Forbes in 2010. 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
William McLain, 507-437-5345
Betsy Julsrud, 612-752-5546

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