Efforts to Reduce and Monitor Air Emissions

In calendar year 2011, our indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per thousand pounds of production increased 5 percent from the baseline set in calendar year 2009. In the same time period, our direct GHG emissions decreased by 7 percent. Overall, we decreased GHG emissions by 5 percent across 41 U.S. manufacturing plant locations.

Total Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Total Direct Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Our operations personnel track and record criteria air pollutant emissions, including NOx (Nitrogen oxides), SO2 (Sulfur dioxide), CO (Carbon monoxide) and PM (particulate matter). These emissions are reported in accordance with local, state and federal requirements.

Air Emissions Reduction Projects

Several projects have been implemented across our company locations to reduce our impact on the environment, targeting energy and water use. In doing so, these projects have also reduced greenhouse gas air emissions.


Hormel Foods sells products worldwide and relies on transportation via truck, train and ship to deliver our products to customers. To minimize our impact on air quality, we transport our products as efficiently as possible by structuring pallet loads, reviewing product mixes and improving route planning. Load factors were between 35,700 and 37,500 pounds per load in 2011.

We continue to use intermodal shipments, which combine the best attributes of both truck and rail shipping. For long distances, this method of transportation can cut fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions by 65 percent compared to truck-only moves. In fiscal year 2011, we had 8,000 intermodal shipments. These shipments accounted for 10.5 million miles and saved more than 1.1 million gallons of diesel fuel versus shipping solely by truck.