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2017 Report
Our Food Journey™
Pounds Saved

In 2017, our packaging team’s sustainability initiatives resulted in 1.7 million pounds in savings.

Hormel Foods has a dedicated group of employees that regularly evaluates our packaging design, consistently looking for minimization opportunities.

2017 Progress

The packaging team collaborates with all departments and examines the entire supply chain for sustainability initiatives that will benefit all divisions. In calendar year 2017, this team initiated 30 projects and completed 31 projects. Combined, these projects resulted in 1.7 million pounds in savings.* When combined with our progress made since 2012, these savings represent 89 percent of our goal to reduce product packaging by 25 million pounds by 2020.

Of Our 2020 Goal
to reduce product packaging by 25 million pounds

(when combined with progress made since 2012)

Note: Due to the breadth of input materials used in production and packaging, we cannot report on the total weight of materials used throughout the company until we have a reliable process to measure and track this information.

Product Packaging

Hormel Foods uses more than 11,000 unique items to package and produce our products, including corrugated paperboard, labels, films, cans, plastic bags, displays, glass containers, metal closures and plastic closures. Approximately 89 percent of our product packaging, by weight, is recyclable and/or made from recycled materials.

Projects To Achieve Packaging Minimization*

  • 790K
    Pounds Of Material Saved

    Peanut Butter Jar Cap Optimization

    We reduced the cap weight for our SKIPPY® peanut butter jars, which resulted in less plastic and a more efficient packing method. These changes resulted in a material reduction of over 790,000 pounds.

  • 91K
    Pounds Of Material Saved

    Bacon Display Case Redesign

    We implemented a new design for our Hormel® Black Label® fully cooked bacon display case, which reduced the square footage of the corrugated material needed. This change resulted in a material reduction of over 91,000 pounds.

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