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Hormel celebrates Spam anniversary at NYSE

Chairman, President and CEO of Hormel Foods Corporation, Jeffrey Ettinger, was among company leaders to ring The Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday to mark the 75th anniversary of the Spam brand. The Temptations will headline a birthday bash in Austin on July 28th.
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Chairman, President and CEO of Hormel Foods Corporation, Jeffrey Ettinger, was among company leaders to ring The Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday to mark the 75th anniversary of the Spam brand.

Hormel is hosting a celebration for Spam’s 75th birthday in Austin on July 28th, the Austin Daily Herald reports. The Temptations will headline the "Spamtastic Grand Opening Expansion Celebration."

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