Pork and turkey processing giantHormel Foods Corp., Austin, Minn., said it recognized several food industry suppliers with its "Hormel No. 1 Award," a recognition presented to top supplier partners every five years, officials said.

In order for a supplier to qualify for the Hormel No. 1 Award, supplier partners must:

•Have a supplier rating index of 96 percent or better in the fourth calendar quarter of the reporting year. The average of the five-year supplier rating index must be equal to or greater than 96 percent.

•Be a recipient of the Spirit of Excellence Award (an annual award given by Hormel Foods) for a minimum of four times throughout the last five consecutive years.

•Meet additional requirements in the areas of: number of products sold by the supplier to Hormel Foods; dollars of exposure and deliveries to Hormel Foods; number of Hormel Foods locations serviced; and participation in continuous improvement processes.

“This award recognizes suppliers that demonstrate a culture of continuous improvement, innovation, growth, partnership and customer service,” said Melanie Faust, director of purchasing. “Long-term successful partnerships with our suppliers allow Hormel Foods to achieve our goal of elevating the everyday with our customers. Congratulations to our Hormel No. 1 recipients and all of their employees.”

Hormel No. 1 Award recipients are:

A.J. Lysne Contracting Corporation
Bunzl Processors Division
Commercial Services
Decker Truck Line, Inc.
Dickey Transport, Inc.
Dickson Industries, Inc.
Environmental Land Management, LLC
Fieldale Farms Corporation
Fox Electric
Gleeson Constructors, Inc.
Holiday Express Corporation
Lou Rich, Inc.
McFarland Truck Lines, Inc.
Midwest Coast Transport
Newly Weds Foods
Paris Foods
Red Arrow Products Co. LLC
Silgan Containers Corporation
Smyth Companies, Inc.
The Meyers Printing Companies, Inc.
Werner Electric Supply & Van Meter Industrial, Inc.