Spam sales hit record high for seventh straight year in 2021, says Hormel Foods CEO

Sales of canned meat Spam continue to grow, hitting a record high for the seventh consecutive year in parent company Hormel Foods‘ fiscal 2021, CEO Jim Snee told CNBC’s Jim Cramer on Thursday.

“That’s incredible. We’ve had to announce new capacity that we’re going to bring online in 2023 to meet the demand, so Spam is as strong as it’s ever been,” Snee said in an interview on “Mad Money.”

The chief executive’s appearance comes after the Minnesota-based company reported fourth quarter and full-year results. Hormel’s quarterly revenue of $3.45 billion topped Wall Street’s forecast of $3.22 billion. Earnings per share of 51 cents beat estimates by 1 cent.

Hormel shares jumped 4.7% Thursday to close at $44.80 as investors cheered the results. The stock is down nearly 4% year to date.

For the year, Hormel saw net sales of $11.4 billion, up 19% compared with fiscal 2020. In June, the company completed its acquisition of the Planters snacking portfolio, and so far, Snee said it’s performing “on the high end of our expectations.”

Snee said he was incredibly pleased with the company’s results, given the challenging operating environment during the pandemic. With respect to inflation, Snee said Hormel has seen some moderation in the cost of its material inputs.

“But when you think about the labor increases we’ve had, increases in our packaging, other supplies, getting the product shipped … I mean that inflation, it’s real. It’s significant,” Snee said. “It’s being passed along in the form of higher pricing.”

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