The goals are ambitious given how the company has performed. During fiscal 2016, Hormel Foods earned $890,052,000, equal to $1.68 per share on the common stock, up from net income of $686,088,000, or $1.30 per share, in fiscal 2015.
Sales for fiscal 2016 were $9,523,224,000 compared with $9,263,863,000 during fiscal 2015.
|Jim Snee, president and CEO of Hormel Foods|
“We are deeply rooted in the meat protein space, and that’s a space that we know and we love both in the retail, food service channel, (and) domestic and international space,” he said. “But over time, we have to become a broader food company and build that balance across our portfolio.”
Hormel Foods has rapidly diversified its portfolio during the past six years with the acquisitions of Skippy peanut butter, CytoSport sports nutrition products and Justin’s nut butters.
“But beyond non-meat protein, we’ve also been able to increase our presence in what we call this flavor enhancement area: salsas, sauces, dips and hot sauces …,” he said.
Management also sees opportunities to translate the branded product successes it has had at retail to food service. The focus will be on delivering insights and solutions to improve food service operation efficiencies.
“And guess what, food service is becoming blurred. Yes, there’s traditional restaurants (and) hotels. But retailers, retailers are delving into this food service space. They’re trying to capture their fair share of those dollars that left the retail store. The prepared food efforts from retailers is greater than any time in my history with this company. …We have the knowledge and the expertise to export throughout our organization to capitalize.”
Today, food service represents 27 percent of Hormel’s total portfolio and a key point of differentiation is the company’s focus on brands, including Café H, Jennie-O Turkey Store, Fire Braised Meats and Austin Blues.
“We also create products that meet specific operator needs such as pizza toppings, sliced meats, bacon and precooked products, making our food service operators’ preparation easier and more cost-effective,” said James M. Splinter, group vice president of corporate strategy.