Hormel Foods 3

Nutrient Separation and Re-usable Poultry Bedding

Company Background
Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenue across more than 80 countries worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Wholly®, Hormel® Black Label®, Columbus®, Happy Little Plants® and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named on the “Global 2000 World’s Best Employers” list by Forbes magazine for three straight years, is one of Fortune magazine’s most admired companies, has appeared on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” list for 11 years in a row, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts.

As a leading corporate citizen, Hormel Foods has a strong supply chain program that explores best practices in environment, water, energy and impact throughout its supply chain, which includes a network of farm partners, including pork, beef, turkey and chicken producers. The company has made significant progress specifically related to climate and energy conservation.

Open Innovation Challenge
Hormel and Jennie-O seek partnership to address the challenge to develop environmentally sustainable solution for poultry litter.

Reason for Seeking External Innovation Partnership
As a leader in food technologies in agriculture, we are interested in further advancing environmentally sustainable initiatives on the farm. Poultry by-products need additional innovation for sustainability.   

Scope of Solution Space

  • Develop process to separate nutrients from poultry bedding. The separated bedding will need to be pasteurized for safe reuse in poultry facilities.
  • Process will need to be a mobile platform.

Innovation Solutions Not of Interest

  • Solutions that are not environmentally sustainable, bio-secure, and safe for livestock.

Proposal Response Date Deadline   
August 28, 2020

Website Link  
https://www.hormelfoods.com/ or  www.boldopenmn.com

Contact Information    

In 1891, George A. Hormel founded Hormel Foods in Austin, Minn. While we are proud of those small-town roots, we are excited as we continue to bring our iconic products to the global market. For more than 125 years, Hormel Foods has brought innovation, beloved brands and outstanding value to our consumers, customers, communities and shareholders. We are proud of this milestone but are motivated by our future. We remain focused on our purpose statement: Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ by building on our founder’s legacy of innovation, quality and integrity.