1st District DFL Rep. Tim Walz took to the U.S. House floor on Wednesday to honor that iconic meat-in-a-can called SPAM.
Clutching a can of SPAM in his hand, Walz spent over a minute praising Hormel Food's world-renowned product. He recounted how Jay Hormel came up with the idea in 1937 for canned spiced ham, which would become SPAM. Since then, more than 7 billion cans have been sold. He also praised Hormel Foods for providing good jobs in southern Minnesota and for their efforts to support medical research by partnering with the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota to create the Hormel Institute.
"SPAM is an important part of our history. It played an essential role in feeding our troops, creating jobs and has become an iconic American product," Walz said. "So today I honor Hormel's past and look forward to their future. Happy 75th birthday SPAM."