Spirit of Excellence

(l-r) Jesse Wiste Hormel Project Engineer; Tim Boyle, JBT Avure; Kevin Kennedy, JBT Avure; Michael Mitchell, Hormel Superintendent of Engineering.

Hormel Foods Corporation has awarded 90 suppliers with a 2017 Spirit of Excellence Award for their roles in the company’s continuous improvement process throughout the last year.  For the fifth year in a row, JBT-Avure received this award, and couldn’t be more excited to help Hormel achieve their goals.  

“We are proud to partner with these outstanding suppliers and congratulate them on this achievement,” said Curtis Southard, director of purchasing at Hormel Foods. “These suppliers truly go above and beyond in helping us produce high-quality products for consumers around the world to achieve our key results.”

Suppliers that qualified for the Spirit of Excellence Award maintained a minimum supplier rating index score of 92 throughout a 12-month period. This score is determined by a universal measurement system that began in 1990 to ensure each supplier is held to the same standards. Award criteria include meeting performance requirements, making on-time deliveries and providing high-level customer support.

“It’s an honor to help a great partner like Hormel help surpass its expectations,” said Kevin Kennedy, North America Sales Director. “We believe we don’t just build HPP machines, but we forge partnerships that drive long-term growth. This award strengthens that belief.”

Hormel highlighted much of its recent success to its foodservice division and refrigerated foods segment, which feature all natural meats treated on Avure’s high pressure processing machines.