In 2012, we spent $338,674 in lobbying. From our Political Action Committee (PAC), we contributed $5,000 to the American Meat Institute PAC and $5,000 to the Grocery Manufacturers Association PAC. Individuals contributions to political parties are allowed, but the company does not directly contribute to political parties.
Several legislative issues directly affect the food industry; as a result, Hormel Foods is involved in lobbying efforts to help create an open dialogue about our company’s mission. In 2012, our lobbying efforts and activities primarily focused on agriculture, health and labor/workplace issues.
Activities vary according to the issue and may involve working with legislators, the House and Senate Agricultural Committees, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We maintain a good relationship with these parties in order to ensure an open discussion and that accurate information on these issues is appropriately disseminated.