Hormel Won’t be Asking for Any Federal Bail Out Money … SPAM Sales Up



Banks, credit lending companies, the big three Michigan auto makers and cities across the United States are failing, find themselves in a financial crisis and begging for a piece of the tax payers bail out. All are standing in line for a piece of the pie due to their failed business strategies and practices. All that is except Hormel. The makers of  SPAM can hardly keep up with the demand as SPAM is all the rage.


The economy is in tatters and, for millions of people, the future is uncertain. But for some employees at the Hormel Foods Corporation plant here, times have never been better. They are working at a furious pace and piling up all the overtime they want.
The workers make Spam, perhaps the emblematic hard-times food in the American pantry.

Through war and recession, Americans have turned to the glistening canned product from Hormel as a way to save money while still putting something that resembles meat on the table. Now, in a sign of the times, it is happening again, and Hormel is cranking out as much Spam as its workers can produce.

But these days, consumers are rediscovering relatively cheap foods, Spam among them. A 12-ounce can of Spam, marketed as “Crazy Tasty,” costs about $2.40. “People are realizing it’s not that bad a product,” said Dan Johnson, 55, who operates a 70-foot-high Spam oven.

Hormel declined to cooperate with this article, but several of its workers were interviewed here recently with the help of their union, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 9. Slumped in chairs at the union hall after making 149,950 cans of Spam on the day shift, several workers said they been through boom times before — but nothing like this.

Spam sales up as economy heads down

Posted November 16, 2008 by
Business, Economy | 7 comments

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  • Comments

    7 Responses to “Hormel Won’t be Asking for Any Federal Bail Out Money … SPAM Sales Up”

    1. dennisintn on November 16th, 2008 7:28 pm

      ah, there’s just nothing like a fried spam sandwich with cheese and tomato. or fried spsm and eggs. i sure as hell wouldn’t go camping without cans and cans of spam.

    2. barbreee on November 16th, 2008 10:54 pm

      Good disaster preparedness food. Except it’s a little salty which isn’t recommended. Heck, if I’m needing my disaster preparedness food, I want mine salty! Be prepared.

    3. ANewGirl on November 17th, 2008 5:11 am

      The irony of this post,,,,is that it really is true!! Spam sales UP, gas prices DOWN,,,,,wow…..maybe there is a tiny beacon hope for us struggling Americans afterall ??

      Call me spoiled, but I just can’t bring myself to eat it. As a kid growing up in the 70′s…I used to think Hormel Deviled Ham in a can was bad enough when my Mother tried to slip those sandwiches in our lunches….(Afterall- a large family on a tight budget…Mothers must be creative, right?) …..but SPAM? Sorry, just not going there no matter how bad it gets. (I say Ramen Noodles……wonder how their next Quarterly Earnings will turn out?) Maybe Ramen’s Sales will skyrocket as well?

      Things that make you go Hhhmmmmmnnnnnn………

    4. Michelle on November 17th, 2008 1:52 pm

      We may all have to stock up on Spam and Ramen noodles if we are going to have to pay for the lazy folks that don’t want to work or can’t pay their mortgage.

    5. ANewGirl on November 18th, 2008 3:16 am

      #4- Michelle—- E X A C T L Y !!!!!!!!!

    6. THANGS, I'M YOUR BEST BUD! on November 18th, 2008 11:00 pm

      Things that make you go Hhhmmmmmnnnnnn………



    7. ANewGirl on November 20th, 2008 5:08 am

      #6- WTF are you talking about, Troll? Take your hating a(edit) right back to the rock you crawled out from under…your copy of People magazine awaits you underneath it.

      More things that make you go….WHATEVER and Shut the Hell Up!!!! Frikken Trolls.


      Ha! We laugh at you! Come on back soon now Y’all, ya’ hear? We enjoy beating you off with our Louiseville Sluggers when we’re in the mood.


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