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Hormel Foods was founded in 1891 and has grown into a multinational corporation that specializes in foods. Hormel Foods outsells its main competitor, Kraft Foods, by almost double the sales. The company owns many popular brands such as Skippy Peanut Butter, Dinty Moore Stew, Jennie-O Turkey Store (the world's largest turkey producer), and Marie Callender's.
In 1891, George A. Hormel founded the company and used a $22 loan to begin his business in Austin, Minnesota. At first, he produced many different types of pork products such as ham and bacon, but later switched to beef after realizing that the demand was greater. In 1928 the company began producing canned hams. The product was so successful that it allowed for expansion of the factory and more than doubled employment numbers at Hormel Foods.
Since its founding, many popular food items have been added to their company such as chili sauce, fruit preserves, pepperoni sticks, SPAM®, and luncheon meat. The Skippy brand of peanut butter also propelled them into becoming one of America's largest food producers. The company's production and distribution of food has expanded each year, and Hormel Foods now produces enough food to feed half of America on a daily basis.