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Hormel Foods Corporation's Joel Johnson Elected AMI Chairman for 1997-1998 Term

Thursday, October 30, 1997

Joel W. Johnson, chairman, president and CEO of Hormel Foods Corporation in Austin, MN, has been elected to a one-year term as chairman of the American Meat Institute (AMI).

Johnson's election came at AMI's Annual Business Meeting, which preceded the 1997 International Meat Industry Convention and Exposition, October 30-November 2 at Chicago's McCormick Place.

Johnson joined Hormel in 1991 after an extensive career with General Foods Corporation. While with General Foods, Johnson held various leadership positions in different divisions of the corporation, including executive vice president and general manager of Oscar Mayer Foods and marketing and development manager at the Maxwell House Division.

Johnson received a B.A. in economics from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, and an M.B.A. from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. Johnson also served three years in the U.S. Army, including a one-year tour as a captain in Vietnam, during which he was awarded the Bronze Star.

AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute provides legislative, regulatory and public relations services, conducts scientific and economic research, offers marketing and technical assistance and sponsors education programs.

For more information contact:
Janet Riley
Vice President, Public Affairs
James Ratchford
Manager, Public Affairs

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