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In 2018, we received project entries from across the company in our Sustainability Best of the Best competition.

Through our internal Sustainability Best of the Best annual competition, we recognize and reward Hormel Foods teams that have identified improvement opportunities and implemented changes.

Internal Recognition

In 2018, we received project entries from across the company in our Sustainability Best of the Best competition. The Austin (Minn.) Plant team was chosen as the champion for their focus on the design and installation of the most efficient heat recovery system available to fit the plant’s needs. The project resulted in an annual energy savings of over 100,000 MMBtu of natural gas per year with an additional 17 million gallons of water savings. To learn more about this project, please visit the energy section of this report. Also see our Environmental Sustainability Policy for more information about the commitment our company has made to environmental sustainability objectives.

External Recognition

In 2018, our continued dedication to reducing our environmental footprint resulted in recognition by a number of independent sources.

  • Achievement Trophy

    Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment

    Awarded our Mountain Prairie Farms location (Las Animas, Colo.) with a Gold Award. The Environmental Leadership Program recognizes Colorado organizations for going above and beyond compliance with state and federal regulations in their commitment to continual environmental improvement.

  • Sponsor

    North American Meat Institute

    Recognized several of our locations for implementing an environmental management system (EMS). These locations received Tier 3 recognition, including full EMS implementation without third-party certification.

  • Waste

    ProFood World

    Gave our Beloit (Wis.) Plant team an award for solid waste stream optimization efforts.

  • Achievement Trophy

    Walmart

    Recognized the company as a Giga-Guru in their Project Gigaton program for our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.