Bemis' Curwood recognized for broad range of packaging, on-time deliveries, high level of support with Hormel Foods' 2011 Spirit of Excellence Award for second consecutive year

OSHKOSH, Wisconsin , June 14, 2012 (press release) – Hormel Foods Corporation has awarded Curwood, Inc., with a 2011 Spirit of Excellence Award—a prestigious honor that celebrates the company’s commitment to continuous improvement and contribution to the Hormel heritage of innovation and quality. This is the second year in a row Curwood has been recognized with this award, also taking home the honor in 2010.

Curwood’s Hormel Sales and Service team and top executives accept the Hormel Spirit of Excellence Award for the second year in a row.

Curwood, a leading packager and a division of Bemis Company, supplies Hormel with a broad range of brand packaging solutions for Hormel’s high-quality food and meat products. Over the last few years Curwood has integrated manufacturing facilities, material technologies and resource teams to provide strengthened capabilities and a seamless source of supply. Their commitment to achieving the highest levels of plant support, R&D support, cost savings, and innovation continues to strengthen the relationship between the two companies.

“Curwood’s commitment to continuous improvement was outstanding during the past year,” says Jeffrey Ettinger, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO at Hormel. “We congratulate you and your team for going above and beyond and making a positive impact on our business in 2011.”

To be considered for the Spirit of Excellence Award, Curwood demonstrated a steadfast focus on high-level service: meeting stringent package performance requirements, consistently achieving on-time deliveries and providing high-level technical, R&D and administrative support. Only a few select suppliers earn this award from Hormel annually.

On June 14th, Hormel’s top purchasing professionals and packaging engineers travelled to Menasha, Wisconsin to personally present the award to Curwood’s dedicated Hormel Sales and Service team.

“It has been a privilege to partner with Hormel Foods this year and it is an incredible accomplishment to be rewarded by such a successful organization,” said Brent Peterson, Curwood National Account Manager–Hormel Foods. “The intensely focused and combined effort of the dedicated Curwood team is the main reason Hormel has distinguished Curwood with this award.”

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