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Our Food Journey™ 2020 Report

Our 2020 environmental goals were measured against base year 2011 and included greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy, water and solid waste.

Our packaging minimization goal was established in fiscal year 2012, and we also monitored progress toward goals designed to support animal care, sodium reduction, innovation, employee safety, inclusion and diversity, and communities. Many of our 2020 goals supported the UN Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

In 2021, we were pleased to announce our new set of corporate responsibility goals — 20 qualitative and quantitative goals we aim to achieve by 2030. These goals were based on our robust key topics assessment process that identifies and prioritizes the topics most relevant to our business and our stakeholders. In addition, we aimed to set goals that helped support the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Additional information about our 20 By 30 Challenge can be found on our corporate website.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Goal: Reduce GHG emissions by 10 percent by 2020.

In 2020, we reduced over 5,700 metric tons of GHG emissions from our manufacturing operations — 83 percent of our goal when combined with our previous progress.


GOAL: Reduce nonrenewable energy use by 10 Percent by 2020.
Surpassed Goals

In 2020, we reduced energy use by more than 98,000 MMBtu. We have surpassed our reduction target by 32 percent.


Goal: Reduce water use by 10 Percent by 2020.
Surpassed Goals

After exceeding our goal to reduce water use in 2016, we implemented additional projects that reduced water use by 119 million gallons in 2020.

Solid Waste

Goal: Reduce solid waste sent to landfills by 10 percent by 2020.
Surpassed Goals

After surpassing our goal in 2014, we continue to achieve additional reductions. In 2020, we implemented projects that reduced the amount of solid waste sent to landfills by 38 tons.

Packaging Minimization

Goal: Reduce product packaging by 25 million pounds by 2020.
Surpassed Goals

After surpassing our goal in 2019, we continue to achieve additional reductions. In 2020, we reduced product packaging by more than 553,000 pounds.*

Animal Care

Goal: Maintain OUR high standards for animal care and handling throughout our entire supply chain.
Audits Conducted

In 2020, more than 1,900 audits were conducted to ensure our standards are being met.

Sodium Reduction

Goal: Reduce sodium levels in select products within our branded retail product portfolio by an average of 15 percent BY 2020.
CHI-CHI’S®, Herdez® and La Victoria® tortillas
Hormel® Canadian bacon
Hormel® chili with beans
Hormel® Compleats® microwave meals
Hormel® Cure 81® retail hams
Hormel® refrigerated entrees
Hormel® smoked pork loins
Valley Fresh® chicken and turkey


Goal: Deliver 15 percent of sales in the year 2020 generated from products created in the last five years.

At the end of 2020, 15 percent of our sales came from innovative new items.


Goal: Provide a safe workplace for all Team Members and reduce our injury/illness rates each year.
Description 2019 2020
Total Case Incident Rate 2.6 2.6
Days Away From Work Injury And Illness 0.5 0.6
Days Away, Restricted Or Transfer 1.8 1.7
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Inclusion and Diversity

Goal: Promote a more inclusive and diverse workplace.

In 2020, 52 percent of our team was represented by ethnic minorities.


Goal: Help others through our focus areas of hunger, education and supporting the local communities where we operate.
Cash and Product Donations

We donated more than $8.2 million in cash and products in 2020.

*Savings are estimated annualized savings based on a full year of volume.