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Plant-Based, Non-Allergenic Food Aid Product


About Hormel Foods:

Hormel Foods is a Fortune 500 company that manufactures and markets brand-name food and meat products globally.  The company is headquartered in Austin, Minnesota where it was founded in 1891 by George Hormel.

Open Innovation Challenge:

Hormel Foods seeks a partnership to address non-allergenic, plant-based food protein product(s) to be used in underserved or nutrition-deficient communities and countries.

Reason for Seeking External Innovation Partnership:

Hormel Foods developed a canned fortified turkey spread product – SPAMMY™ which is on the USAID food aid list.  Hormel Foods has donated several million cans over the past 10 years to be used to improve nutrition for children and families in the country of Guatemala.  This product has been the subject of a specific research study which showed it provided improved nutrition and improved cognition over the period of the study.

Scope of Solution Space:

  • High quality protein is important for those areas which lack adequate nutrition and must be part of this solution.
  • Meat proteins and plant-based proteins allergens can pose some limitations, so we are pursuing other options.
  • Finished item must be shelf stable and capable of distribution through long supply chains.
  • Fortification with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, or other relevant nutrients would be acceptable to improve the overall nutritional profile.

Innovation Solutions Not of Interest:

  • Allergen-containing

Proposal Response Date Deadline:

April 30, 2019



To submit your proposal online, click the link below:

Open Innovation Submission Form

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