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Hormel Foods (HRL)

Participants
Nathan Annis Director, Investor Relations
Jim Snee Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Jim Sheehan Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Tom Palmer JPMorgan
Heather Jones Heather Jones Research
Erica Eiler Oppenheimer
Ken Zaslow Bank of Montreal
Peter Galbo Bank of America
Adam Samuelson Goldman Sachs
Michael Lavery Piper Sandler
Robert Moskow Credit Suisse
Pooran Sharma Stephens, Inc.
Ben Theurer Barclays
Jonathan Feeney Consumer Edge Research
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Operator

[Call Starts Abruptly]

Nathan Annis

Good morning. Welcome to the Hormel Foods Conference Call for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2020. We released our results this morning before the market opened around 6:30 a.m. Eastern.

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Jim Snee

Thanks Nathan. Good morning everyone.

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Jim Sheehan

Thank you, Jim. Good morning.

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At this the for operator of the the to over time, call I'll question-and-answer call. portion turn the

Operator

from Palmer Our first Instructions] with [Operator question Tom JPMorgan.

Tom Palmer

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Jim Sheehan

impact going happening. plants ability important plants most and and to uncertainty is as right and those keep going be interruptions had deal will are capacity be the volume the pricing to the great But processing be all, of of running seems the have. First to thing what on to now to there's that the

most can quarter important look that volatility the as the thing that's our at talked So you that create you've about.

thing primals the raw processing don't items. processed other require than items materials in much less is that that's are or expensive industry happening the more The additional

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Tom Palmer

were as up. quarters been wanted as your surprised segment ask side, volume on about you internally much has were of just product I'd growth, three the volumes supplied. volumes traditionally, by think, slaughter then the Jennie-O if to that And I to able be move

any purchases how of So then inventory forward? kind and mix versus purchases you're and changes going could thinking talk this quarter, levels, to your slaughter a about you about

Jim Snee

what obviously, mean, quarter really quite has of coming I Yes. off had, of been done because first we've -- we they really ground what to work, with out lean talked move of they've good really had some that pleased in able the -- we're distribution call, turkey. our driven quarter JOTS about had especially on and business across been the to the inventory, entire continued They've through do, that portfolio. coming

whole-birds, that quarter. mix So whether really was have a products a it retail, been it's of them commodities, in put really, good the great position in

In of that quarter regards of to questions, harvest JOTS. of follow-up actual Nathan areas. demand some on Good the you have those and many we'll detail, overall volumes across some really just with for level that, but strong

Operator

next to Heather we'll question And our from Jones. go

Heather Jones

Just wondering part you in question. a service food two business. talk refrigerated foods the I guess about when

of proportion demand you a like magnitude us the Just business? wondering second you of you're this see of we question back, QSRs if give sense And pizza is, of seeing. some talk us the of that then, or about could the part the give hotels, what you chains could sense come recovery start institutions the just versus is takeout to like if

Jim Snee

question. the Heather Thanks

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chains, really lodging, about K nice balance. casual midscale think you really, through universities, XX, colleges, so And

traditional you to QSR, don't you When business thru about lot available talk you're there. of that business have about about have burger drive chains, think a if if them. locations But probably talking still

call that of a want to have that. if business in bit We channel, quite you it

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Heather Jones

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Jim Snee

Heather, our I in facilities, that go thing don't and we one. of I mean, ahead I'll take to think the remember, own the harvest any facilities.

So is think our as it you about business. a different plants, processing

lines, hard distance. we And yes, to do some socially is so areas where it have some

amazing an those putting done or really exceeding enhanced has meeting measures team job and in OSHA CDC and guidelines. Our safety

that's it's of the some have to issue shorter I down. term impact seen that say issue I we've impacting dramatic is some absenteeism, you business as that's that you do those capacity the In lines But and a in plants, short-term the anything on slow have that positive have plants. to more some the really wouldn't and going cases long-term, get more is these mean,

the in And a manage much place through terms process. understanding in so, how we're better of to

has of plants to who to are what's the sit to one testing And up who's has of maintain understanding progressed back through who of today. the happening pandemic additional the this allowed keys really as we've work. and is All come us our running until can positive, really and negative, out is fact that

thing. is think So having see I available really benefit a that great testing we'd continue more our you'll operations. been a to maintain to like widely as And via

Operator

from We'll take Oppenheimer. with next question Erica Eiler our

Erica Eiler

Good morning. This is actually questions. Erica Eiler for on Rupesh. taking Thanks our

channel the a what in so provide you're early you the QX. what channel food lately? about color Is talked little and there in you're within service seeing can far You bit here any retail seeing

Jim Snee

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we percentage. that there's repeat know new lot a buyer So and new buyers stronger of

that retail perimeter. business, side and held the has the So up center on store the of of both the

Erica Eiler

been front? channel Okay, into ability and challenges this some Can you due service some talk convert to service, grocery the of your food food this retail in to great. given environment. the the And things you've supply doing unprecedented on just of about, your

Jim Snee

team eased of as on, a was we the products into repack advantage service products. and retail requirements, we team some that, were took move had food with positive our channel. Early I were of there labeling to more to the the Yes. certainly mean, collaborating where our able which We governments opportunities

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service So we items into packed well. started as food channels retail sell to

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Operator

Your next question from of Ken Zaslow with Montreal. Bank

Ken Zaslow

think it? financial When what Hormel's the however new and stronger or you weaker frame put work environment when to emerging want do we you and or it? how normal you from same you measures earnings the the is or use, COVID-XX about strength new Well,

Jim Snee

are based just take talking perspective, on question, you It's about thinking out confident industry When the uncertainty it a And it's say and intentionally have about we're tirelessly that out From of important, last the two meet consumer few wherever go. they model we us really the over next that really our Ken. choose about. years great talked built and clearly purposefully what quarters, balanced is this we to you allows you so really to number we've and is plus the because talked emerge, in years. and to the when

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Ken Zaslow

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Jim Sheehan

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Operator

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Peter Galbo

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Jim Snee

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Jim Snee

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Peter Galbo

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Jim Snee

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Operator

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Adam Samuelson

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Jim Sheehan

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Jim Snee

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Adam Samuelson

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Operator

Lavery Michael Piper from Sandler. question with next our to go We'll

Michael Lavery

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Jim Snee

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Michael Lavery

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Jim Snee

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Operator

take question with Robert Credit Moskow from We next will Suisse. our

Robert Moskow

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Jim Snee

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Robert Moskow

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Jim Sheehan

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Robert Moskow

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Jim Sheehan

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Operator

from Your question Ben Stephens, next Inc. Bienvenu with

Pooran Sharma

actually Good Ben. morning everybody. for on This Pooran is

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Jim Snee

M&A talking you about opportunities? Are

Pooran Sharma

Yes. Correct?

Jim Sheehan

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Pooran Sharma

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Jim Snee

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Operator

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Ben Theurer

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Ben Theurer

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Jim Snee

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Jim Sheehan

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Operator

last our take Jonathan Consumer with from Feeney Research. We'll question Edge

Jonathan Feeney

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Jim Snee

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Operator

any additional remarks? for closing time, this At or

Jim Snee

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Operator

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