10,010 sandwiches made in an hour for local charities
AUSTIN, Minn., (July 27, 2016) – As the company celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced its foodservice sales team partnered with Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches for a Project PB&J® Spreading Party during their national sales meeting in Minneapolis, Minn., on July 27th. The team of 200 employees was able to make 10,010 PB&J sandwiches in an hour, surpassing their goal of 9,000. The sandwiches, made with SKIPPY® peanut butter, were donated to Loaves and Fishes, Catholic Charities and People Serving People to help those in need after the event.
“Giving back to communities is an important value of Hormel Foods,” said Mark J. Ourada, vice president of sales, foodservice, Hormel Foods. “That is why we were pleased to team up with a valued partner, Which Wich, to hold a Project PB&J® Spreading Party during our event.”
In 2015, Hormel Foods donated $5.2 million in cash and product donations to help those in need. In addition to donating 2.5 million cans of SPAMMY®, a shelf-stable poultry product fortified with vitamins and minerals to help malnourished children in Guatemala, Hormel Foods donated $400,000 to charities in 40 communities where it had manufacturing facilities and contributed to several disaster relief efforts.
“This event was amazing and it was in alignment with what we stand for at Hormel Foods — our people, our partnerships and our communities,” said Ana Gonzalez, foodservice account executive at Hormel Foods. “The less time we had the faster we went. We found a way to work together as a team to beat our goal and made over 10,000 sandwiches!”
“Hormel Foods has been a pre-day-one partner to Which Wich and we were thrilled to help them spread some love throughout Minneapolis,” said Hala Habal, vice president of communications for Which Wich.
Which Wich also has a tradition of giving back to the communities it serves. For each PB&J purchased, Which Wich donates a PB&J wich to someone in need through Project PB&J® and banks one to give away in large scale on a global level. As kids themselves, founders Jeff and Courtney Sinelli shared a love for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. PB&J was the first wich created for the brand, and the two chose to use it as a way for Which Wich to show its support for those who are less fortunate.
“We started Project PB&J with the belief that a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich can change the world,” Sinelli said. “Since then, we’ve seen PB&J’s bring comfort and comfort food to those who need it.”
About Which Wich
Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches was founded in Dallas in late 2003 by restaurant entrepreneur, Jeff Sinelli. The national sandwich franchise chain is best known for its customizable sandwiches, creative ordering system, and personalized sandwich bag. In 2014, QSR named Which Wich one of their “2014 Best Franchise Deals” and Forbes listed Which Wich as one of their 2014 “30 Best Franchises To Buy.” Which Wich is also the recipient of the 2015 Nation’s Restaurant News MenuMasters “Healthful Innovations” award. Which Wich currently has 400 locations open or in development in 39 states and 11 countries. For more information, visit https://www.whichwich.com/#!/.
ABOUT HORMEL FOODS
Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. Hormel Foods, which leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring branded, value-added products to the global marketplace, will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2016. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index, S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, and was named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the eighth year in a row. Hormel Foods also received a perfect score on the 2016 Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, was recognized on the 2016 Best for Vets Employers List by Military Times, and was named one of the 2016 Best Companies for Leaders by Chief Executive magazine. The company enjoys a strong reputation among consumers, retail grocers, foodservice and industrial customers for products highly regarded for quality, taste, nutrition, convenience and value. For more information, visit http://www.hormelfoods.com.