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Our Food Journey™ 2021 Report

We were recognized on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Fortune 500 list of the largest green power users from the Green Power Partnership (GPP).

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.


In 2021, we received project entries from across the company in our Sustainability Best of the Best competition. Our Osceola (Iowa) Food team was named the winner for its project that focused on the recycling and reuse of hydraulic oil. The team was able to decrease new oil usage by 1,000 gallons from the 2020 average and recycle, via a filtering device, 250 gallons of used hydraulic oil. To learn more about this project, please visit the waste section of this report.

In 2022, Hormel Foods was recognized on the EPA’s Fortune 500 list of the largest green power users from the GPP. The company’s renewable wind and solar projects that were implemented in 2021 offset more than 53 million kilowatt-hours of power annually, which represents 7% of the total power needs of the company’s operations.