Celebrating its 125th anniversary, Minnesota-based Hormel Foods Corporation launched its 10th annual corporate responsibility report.
“Our food journey is how we produce food responsibly for customers and consumers around the world through five focus areas: the environment, animal welfare, our products, people and communities,” says Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board and CEO of Hormel. “We continue to make significant strides, and this past year was no exception.”
Some of the company’s 2015 achievements include:
-Establishing an executive corporate responsibility steering committee to build upon the efforts of the company’s corporate responsibility council.
-Making progress toward its 2020 environmental goals after already surpassing its solid waste goal last year.
-Implementing a clean label initiative to simplify the ingredient statements of many products through the removal or replacement of ingredients, while still delivering the taste consumers expect.
-Partnering with the Cancer Nutrition Consortium to develop a line of food and beverage products—Hormel Vital Cuisine—designed to support the unique nutrition needs of patients recovering from cancer and undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
-Acquiring Applegate Farms, LLC, which has allowed the company to offer a new line of products to meet the growing demand for natural and organic foods.
- Contributing $7.7 million in cash and product donations.
The full report can be found here.