| Hormel Foods is a food company. Co.'s segments are: Grocery Products, which consist of the processing, marketing, and sale of shelf-stable food products, along with the sale of nutritional and private label shelf-stable products; Refrigerated Foods, which include the processing, marketing, and sale of pork, beef, and poultry products for retail, foodservice, deli, convenience store, and commercial customers; Jennie-O Turkey Store, which consists of the processing, marketing, and sale of turkey products for retail, foodservice, and commercial customers; and International & Other, which manufactures, markets, and sells Co.'s products internationally.
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