Childhood malnutrition the focus of Spammy

by Keith Nunes
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AUSTIN, MINN. — Hormel Foods Corp. has introduced Spammy, a fortified, shelf-stable turkey spread. The new product has been fortified with zinc, iron, B vitamins and other essential vitamins and minerals. The company said the introduction of the product is intended to help address childhood malnutrition throughout the world.

“Hormel Foods sought to create a product high in protein to help serve malnourished and poverty-stricken communities worldwide,” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Hormel Foods. “Our company has years of experience in creating shelf-stable proteins, so we employed our expertise to create this new product.”

Hormel Foods said it has made an initial three-year commitment to deliver 1 million cans of Spammy to in-need families in Guatemala through partners Food For The Poor and Caritas Arquidiocesana in 2011. Guatemala was selected because its poverty rate is more than 50% and the chronic malnutrition rate is the highest in the Western hemisphere, according to the company.

Silgan Containers, Woodland Hills, Calif., and Smyth Companies, St. Paul, Minn., two suppliers of Hormel Foods, are supporting the cause by donating all of the cans and labels for the new product.

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