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March 06, 2015

10 years of blogging Rochester

On March 4, 2005, I wrote my first blog post. Kiger's Notebook blogo 2x

It was my sixth year at the Post-Bulletin. I created the "Heard on the Street" column about three years before the blog began. 

More  than 6,200 posts, stacks of columns, mountains of tweets and many gray hairs later, I'm still here writing about business and things vaguely related to businesPhoto on 2015-03-03 at 18.11s in southeastern Minnesota.

It'syou, the readers, who make this career such a fulfilling and entertaining one. Thank you everyone for your feedback, criticism and support over these past 10 years. 

10 years of blogging Rochester

On March 4, 2005, I wrote my first blog post.Kiger's Notebook blogo 2x

It was my siPhoto on 2015-03-03 at 18.11xth year at the Post-Bulletin. I created the "Heard on the Street" column about three years before the blog began. 

More than 6,200 posts, stacks of columns, mountains of tweets and many gray hairs later, I'm still here writing about business and things vaguely related to business in southeastern Minnesota.

It's you, the readers, who make this career such a fulfilling and entertaining one. Thank you everyone for your feedback, criticism and support over these past 10 years.  

February 13, 2015

Reuters: Hormel's near big buy of organic hot dog, bacon maker

Reuters' Olivia Oran filed an interesting story Thursday about Austin's favorite Fortune 500 company.

363Hormel Foods reportedly is "in late-stage talks" to snap up Applegate Farms. Applegate is in the organic pork biz and makes organic hot dogs, bacon and sausage.

Here's a snippet from the Reuters' piece:

A deal for Applegate Farms could be announced as early as next week and value the Bridgewater, New Jersey-based company at between $600 million and $1 billion, the people said, asking not to be named because the matter is confidential.Spamproducts

This would make a lot sense. Applegate is in Hormel's sweet spot.

It processes a lot of hogs. It would extend Hormel's geographic reach. Plus it would them more deeply into the trendy market of organic meat.

We'll have to see if Oran's insider is right and/or if Hormel can close the deal.


September 10, 2014

Workers at Lakeside Foods to lose jobs when Hormel ends contract

PLAINVIEW — About half of the year-round workers at Lakeside Foods workers learned last week that their jobs at Plainview's largest employer will be ending soon, as Austin's Hormel Foods pulls its contract with the plant.

4965162612_d023537c6b_oWhile the Manitowoc, Wis.-based Lakeside isn't releasing the number of jobs being cut, insiders are estimating that between 75 and 90 workers will lose their jobs when Hormel Foods pulls its production contract at the 650,000-square-foot plant.

Lakeside executives have previously said the Plainview plant employs about 80 full-time people, plus about 85 others that work solely on the Hormel contract. The Hormel contract with Lakeside to produce its Top Shelf products was a year-round contract.

Hormel says it plans to move that production to other facilities by late fall.

“This was a difficult decision to make, but moving the operations to other facilities within our company will provide greater production, purchasing and distribution efficiencies," said Donald J. Temperley, Hormel's vice president of Grocery Products operations, in a message this morning.

When the plant is packing seasonal vegetables, Lakeside's employment swells to a temporary peak of about 270 workers, who work 60 to 70 hours a week to get the fresh vegetables canned and frozen.

Plainview Economic Development Director Judith O. Jordan said when the community's largest employer loses such a major contract and needs to cut positions, it's a serious situation.

"We are all concerned about how this impacts Plainview. We hope Lakeside will be able to identify a new co-packer to work with to replace the Hormel production," she said.

The Lakeside Foods facility in Plainview is just one of eleven food processing plant in the Lakeside system. The Plainview facility is also one of six distribution facilities.

June 30, 2014

Hormel bulks up portfolio by buying maker of Muscle Milk

Austin-based Hormel Foods Corp. is bulking up its portfolio of companies by buying the maker of Muscle Milk protein drinks for $450 million.

UrlHormel, which produces Spam, Jennie-O Turkey and Skippy Peanut Butter among many other products, announced Monday evening that it had signed a deal to buy Benicia, Calif.-based CytoSport Holdings, Inc.

“Muscle Milk products will serve as a growth catalyst for our Specialty Foods segment, providing this division with a leading brand in the high-growth sports nutrition category,” stated Hormel CEO and President Jeffrey M. Ettinger in the press announcement. “The acquisition of CytoSport expands our offerings of portable, immediate, protein-rich foods, and broadens our appeal with younger consumers.”

Spammy2Muscle Milk power and drinks are used by many bodybuilders as muscle-building boost. It's considered the top brand in the ready-to-drink protein drink category. CytoSport launched Muscle Milk in 2000 and its grown to be its most popular brand. The company also makes other products like protein bars, oatmeal and ready-to-drink products.

Hormel anticipates CytoSport's total 2014 sales to hit an estimated $370 million. The deal is expected to officially close within 30 days.

CytoSport, which is owned by the Pickett family, first started talking to potential buyers in the fall of 2013. Hormel was considered a possible buyer from the start, along with Irish cheese maker Glanbia and Colorado-based butter and soy milk maker Whitewave Foods. The early pricing talk in 2013 was that CytoSport was looking for $500 million for the company.

Hormel already has a protein drink product line made by Hormel Health Labs, but HealthyShot drinks are aimed at medical patients and seniors who have trouble eating or swallowing.

This is acquisition follows another Hormel non-meat protein buy in 2013, when it bought Unilever's Skippy peanut-butter business for $700 million.

May 24, 2013

Hormel to Rev things up with new snack wrap

Here's some from a pice by Keith Nunes on (A website with protein. Heh.) about Austin's favorite Fortune 500 company, Hormel Foods.
The maker of Spam is rolling out a new snack wrap line called REV.
REV branded snack wraps are being shipped to retailers nationwide and the company plans an advertising campaign in July to promote the new product. The new line is viewed by the company as a way to improve sales and operating income within its Refrigerated Foods business segment.

Hand_product“We are excited about the potential growth that our new Hormel REV snack wraps will bring to our Refrigerated Foods sales,” said Jeff Ettinger, chairman, president and CEO in a conference call with financial analysts on May 23.

The REV line of products will feature eight varieties, including: pepperoni, ham and cheese, peppered turkey, Meat Lovers Pizza, Italian style ham, hot pepper ham, Italian style, and spicy Italian style. Each wrap features a combination of meats, mozzarella cheese and a flatbread wrap.

Each 3-oz serving features between 15 grams and 18 grams of protein, a nutrition component that is called out on the package.

“We believe the investment we are making in the REV snack wrap rollout will establish the foundation for a beneficial new product platform for the Refrigerated Foods group,” Ettinger said.

During the second quarter of fiscal 2013, ended April 28, Hormel’s Refrigerated Foods segment had operating profit of $54,680,000, up 3 percent from $53,009,000 during the same quarter of the previous year. The segment had sales of $1,011,370,000, down 2 percent from $1,031,975,000.

Ettinger said the decline in the business unit’s sales was attributable to the planned reduction of slaughter levels at its hog processing operation and from exiting a feed sales business.

January 24, 2013

FTC OKs 'early termination' of Hormel/ Skippy deal

It looks like the Hormel folks in Spamtown USA might be able start spreading the peanut butter goodness in the near future.

TerminationRemember the deal where Austin-based Hormel made a deal with Unilever to buy the Skippy peanut butter brand for $700 million?

Well, the Federal Trade Commission granted Hormel's request for "early termination" this week. In case, like myself, you aren't sure what 'early termination' means, here's what that means:

Any person filing an HSR form may request that the waiting period be terminated before the statutory period expires. Such a request for "early termination" will be granted only after compliance with the rules and if both the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Antitrust Division have completed their review and determined not to take any enforcement action during the waiting period. In some instances, after a Request for Additional Information and Documentary Material has been issued, the investigating agency will determine that no further action is necessary and terminate the waiting period before full compliance with the Second Request is made.

So it sounds like a good thing. The deal has been given the green light to speed ahead.

Can the new peanut butter favored Spam be far away? Heh.

July 11, 2012

75-year-old Spam rings a bell

Spam and the Big Apple = a tasty combo?

Hormel Foods CEO Jeffrey Ettinger made the trip from Austin to New York City Tuesday to mark the 75th anniversary bring ringing the closing bell for the New York Stock Exchange.


Here's a quick vid from CNN chatting with Ettinger. He dodges the question Hillshire Farms pretty smoothly and gives a shout out for Austin, "the town that Spam built."   6a00d83451cc8269e20176165b9d12970c-250wi

 And here's a pic of the Spam-flavored lip balm...just because that product still amuses me. Heh.

November 22, 2011

Hormel's earnings and profit drop in 4Q

Wrapping up a year where it raised prices on many of its products, Hormel Foods Corp. showed a drop in earnings and profit for its fourth quarter, though its sales inched up and it exceeded market estimates.

Spam-spam-spamIn its earnings released this morning, the Austin-based Hormel reported an earnings decline of 3 percent to $117.3 million compared to $121 million in the same quarter in 2010.

"Our tonnage was down in comparison with the 14-week quarter last year, but we held our own on volumes in the face of significant pricing actions," said Chairman and Chief Executive Jeff Ettinger. "We are looking for our grocery products, specialty foods and all other (international) units to drive profit growth in fiscal 2012, as our refrigerated foods and Jennie-O Turkey Store segments maintain their position against historically high results."

Despite the poor economy boosting the popularity of its inexpensive Spam and Dinty Moore lines, Hormel was hit with higher costs for pork and other commodities. It passed those costs on supermarket shoppers.

Refrigerated Foods, Hormel's division that represents 36 percent of itsJeff-ettinger operating profit, was down 19 percent in profit compared to last year's fourth quarter. Division includes Hormel's lines of bacon, ham and deli meats. Its volume of sales went down by 8 percent, though its sales in dollars was up by 1 percent.

Its Grocery Products segment, which sells the Spam family of products, marked a 19 percent increase in net profit. However, its volume of sales was down 6 percent and its sales in dollars dropped by 2 percent. This division accounts for 23 percent of the company's operating profit.

Grocery Products' profit was given a boost by Hormel's acquisition of a Fort Worth, Texas-based guacamole maker, Fresherized Foods. That purchase in August was done through MegaMex Foods, a joint venture of Hormel and Herdez Del Fuerte.

The Jennie-O Turkey Store was the standout among the divisions for the quarter with a solid showing with profit climbing by 4 percent and sales going up by 2 percent. Jennie-O accounts for 25 percent of Hormel's operating profit.

For the overall year, the picture looked better than for the quarter. Hormel tallied a 16 percent increase in net earnings to $474.2 million compared to $409 million for 2010.

November 03, 2011

Canned meat battle Spam vs Prem ends in a tie

Here's some from an article by the PB's legal eye Matt Russell about the resolution of Hormel Foods tussle with Netherlands-based Zwanenberg Food Group.

More of the article can be found here.


A trademark infringement case involving the iconic yellow and blue packaging of Spam food products has been dismissed in federal court.

PremA settlement between Austin-based Hormel Foods and Zwanenberg Food Group led to the dismissal of the suit by Judge David Doty Tuesday in U.S. District Court, with both parties agreeing to dismiss all claims and counterclaims.Spam_hormel_prem_Zwanenberg

Hormel filed the suit in March, alleging that Zwanenberg used packaging starting in 2010 on a competing product, Prem, that was "confusingly similar" to Spam.

While Zwanenberg altered the label design at Prem-12ozHormel's request, Hormel maintained that the new label still created confusion because it still used a yellow-on-blue color scheme. The products were sold in Japan and the Philippines, according to the complaint.

Zwanenberg responded that its packaging was unlikely to cause confusion with Hormel's packaging, adding that Spam's yellow lettering on a blue background "is generic and/or otherwise unprotectable as a matter of law."