Kerry acquisition Red Arrow named recipient of Hormel Award

Monday 12 September, 2016

Red Arrow, a recent acquisition of Kerry, is a third-time recipient of the Hormel No. 1 award. The honor is presented to the company’s top suppliers every five years.

“I would like to congratulate these suppliers on this special recognition,” said Bryan D. Farnsworth, senior vice president of supply chain at Hormel Foods. “Thank you all for the outstanding contributions you make to our company in respect to the goods and services you provide us.”

In order for a supplier to qualify for the Hormel No. 1 Award, Hormel 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; and
  • 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.

Red Arrow received the Spirit of Excellence award in 2002-2007 and 2009-2015, which totals 13 out of the last 15 years. The Spirit of Excellence award is a stringent evaluation of each suppliers’ customer service, product quality, environmental goals, plant technical support, research & development support and account management.

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, is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016.


Photo: Accepting the Hormel No. 1 Award on behalf of Red Arrow are (from left) Joe Schissler, Director of Sales; Mark Crass, VP of Sales and Marketing/General Manager; Doug Ney, Sales Manager; and Steve Jensen, Director of Corporate Purchasing.