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Spam Turns Serious and Hormel Turns Out More (economic bright spot)
NYT - Business ^ | 11/14/08 | Andrew Martin

Posted on 11/15/2008 6:35:31 AM PST by xtinct

The economy is in tatters and, for millions of people, the future is uncertain. But for some employees at the Hormel Foods Corporation plant here, times have never been better. They are working at a furious pace and piling up all the overtime they want.

Jerry’s Other Place sells a Spamburger for $6.29. The workers make Spam, perhaps the emblematic hard-times food in the American pantry.

Through war and recession, Americans have turned to the glistening canned product from Hormel as a way to save money while still putting something that resembles meat on the table. Now, in a sign of the times, it is happening again, and Hormel is cranking out as much Spam as its workers can produce.

In a factory that abuts Interstate 90, two shifts of workers have been making Spam seven days a week since July, and they have been told that the relentless work schedule will continue indefinitely.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Food; Society
KEYWORDS: hormel; spam
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meat w/a pause button... scary!!

Obama responsible for Spam and Velveta rejuvination!!

1 posted on 11/15/2008 6:35:32 AM PST by xtinct
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To: xtinct

Didn’t both of these products originate during the great depression?


2 posted on 11/15/2008 6:36:37 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

article says they did...


3 posted on 11/15/2008 6:39:36 AM PST by xtinct (Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another. Plato)
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To: xtinct

A heckuva lot of people in this country just plain LIKE Spam. My wife is one of them.


4 posted on 11/15/2008 6:40:39 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: xtinct

I only read the excerpt. :)


5 posted on 11/15/2008 6:42:23 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: xtinct

6 posted on 11/15/2008 6:42:24 AM PST by HoosierHawk
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To: xtinct
During World War II, Spam became a staple for Allied troops overseas. They introduced it to local residents, and it remains popular in many parts of the world where the troops were stationed.

I've never had it myself, but I have a friend from the Philippines who has Spam and eggs for breakfast on a pretty regular basis. The US military introduced it there, and it REALLY took hold.
7 posted on 11/15/2008 6:42:43 AM PST by July 4th
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To: xtinct

I bought many cans of Spam a few weeks ago - just in case...

Product has a real long shelf life and it’s going to stay there on the shelf - just in case...


8 posted on 11/15/2008 6:45:26 AM PST by libertarian27 (Land of the Fee, Home of the Shamed)
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To: xtinct

I remember reading somewhere a long while back that Hawaii consumes the most spam of any state. I always thought that was kinda funny and odd at the same time.


9 posted on 11/15/2008 6:46:09 AM PST by Phoenix11
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To: xtinct
Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam

Lovely Spam!

10 posted on 11/15/2008 6:46:31 AM PST by Allegra
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To: xtinct

Spam fed the Russian Army for the 2nd half of WW2. There is a Spam festival in Russia yearly.


11 posted on 11/15/2008 6:52:45 AM PST by blam
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To: traderrob6
A heckuva lot of people in this country just plain LIKE Spam. My wife is one of them.

I notice you didn't say YOU like spam. LOL

Sometimes there is nothing better than crispy fried spam on toast with a smear of Hellman's mayo.

You and my husband can go out for a burger somewhere. We girls can have Spam sammies. :)

12 posted on 11/15/2008 6:54:58 AM PST by mplsconservative
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To: libertarian27
"I bought many cans of Spam a few weeks ago - just in case..."

I bet Spam sales volume could be used a an economic predicter. Tough times ahead?

Glenn Beck said on his radio progam one day this week that he pays a small fortune for economic/financial advice...he said: "Please, go buy food, NOW!"

13 posted on 11/15/2008 6:58:00 AM PST by blam
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To: xtinct
A typical Hawaiian plate lunch includes a healthy slice of Spam.


14 posted on 11/15/2008 6:59:40 AM PST by TADSLOS (McCain Courted Socialism and Brought Us Marxism Instead)
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To: xtinct

Yes, Spam and Velveeta are a treat for some folks. But I’d bet you’ll see a SERIOUS spike in coronary artery disease within a few years. Maybe even enough to take down Obama’s universal health care system.

Euthanasia. Yeah, EUTHANASIA, that’s the ticket.


15 posted on 11/15/2008 7:00:52 AM PST by Dick Bachert
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To: xtinct

I have always found SPAM to be costly for the amount of meat you get. I generally buy the generic SPAM at Walmart.

I have to agree that fried SPAM is delicious, and my family loves it.

Growing up I always hated SPAM because my parents never cooked it and I could not get over the icky jelly all over a cold lump of meat. Come to think of it my parents never could cook very well.


16 posted on 11/15/2008 7:06:14 AM PST by pennyfarmer (Shiite Muslim named Bob.)
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To: TADSLOS
ewwww....

I'm all about grilled chicken salad...


17 posted on 11/15/2008 7:16:28 AM PST by xtinct (Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another. Plato)
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To: xtinct; Allegra; Lady Jag; Justice Department; OESY

Mystery Meat Soup for that little extra 'protein'

18 posted on 11/15/2008 7:29:53 AM PST by yorkie (The cheapest , most effective and profound face lift? Laughter.)
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To: xtinct

Oddly, name-brand spam is not really all that cheap when you price it by the pound... There are lots of meats cheaper than spam.

Here’s a recipe for everyone, to help you get through the 4 lean years of Obamanomics:

RECIPE: My wife has made spam cassarole for years. Slice spam into 2x2 squares a quarter inch thick. Slice white potatoes thin (about 5 times as much potatoes as spam), mix both in a bowl with some margarine and seasoning (we use Morton’s “Nature’s Seasoning”), pour into a buttered cassarole dish and bake at 350 until the potatoes are tender and it’s browned on top. I teased her about it for years, but it’s surprisingly good.

Fletcher J


19 posted on 11/15/2008 7:32:49 AM PST by Fletcher J
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To: yorkie

lmao Yorkie!!!


20 posted on 11/15/2008 7:35:23 AM PST by xtinct (Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another. Plato)
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To: TADSLOS

I see 2 hotdogs, rice?, spam, but can’t guess at the other stuff. What is the brown pile on the right? And what’s the top left stuff?


21 posted on 11/15/2008 7:37:29 AM PST by tbw2 (Freeper sci-fi - "Sirat: Through the Fires of Hell" - on amazon.com)
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To: xtinct

It’s $6 a pound around where I live. That is not an economy food; it’s a luxury I buy as an occasional treat for my son, who devours it. One $6 chunk of spam is gone in less than two minutes. Where the saving is in that, I don’t know.


22 posted on 11/15/2008 7:38:08 AM PST by ottbmare
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To: xtinct
Obama responsible for Spam and Velveta rejuvination!!

Velveeta doesn't last that long, although it has a longer refrigerator life than real cheese. The expiration date is pretty accurate according to my experience.

23 posted on 11/15/2008 7:38:20 AM PST by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: tbw2
I recognized some potato--macaroni salad in the back left, another Hawaiian staple. The back left looked like some type of noodles cooked in a meat broth. Green stuff is some type of overcooked "green", perhaps kale or some asian lettuce.

When we go to Hawaii, we always look for the foods the locals eat. Cheap (by Hawaiian stds) and pretty tasty.

Oh yeah, I skip the spam!

24 posted on 11/15/2008 7:52:43 AM PST by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: xtinct

Just had Spam this week. About every 3-4 months, I have the urge.

layer slices of Spam with slices of mozzerella, cover with spaghetti sauce, bake for an hour. A little garlic bread, and about a gallon of thirst quencher, and you’re good to go.


25 posted on 11/15/2008 8:01:15 AM PST by digger48
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To: xtinct

I Love Spam. Make it with Shells and Velveeta cheese. Yum! :)


26 posted on 11/15/2008 8:06:18 AM PST by Lovergirl (Rest in peace Dear Tony . You will never be forgotten......... Once a SnowFlake Always a SnowFlake.)
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To: traderrob6
A heckuva lot of people in this country just plain LIKE Spam.

Count me as one. Either fried or sliced very thin and piled on a sandwich.

27 posted on 11/15/2008 8:11:51 AM PST by barker (Sarah Palin 2012? You betcha.)
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To: xtinct

Hmmm... if I had to... I’d go back to what kept me going in college: peanut butter (Jiff smooth variety) & strawberry jam sam’itches, pancakes, & raman noodles.


28 posted on 11/15/2008 8:28:28 AM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: yorkie

BLECCHHHH! LOL


29 posted on 11/15/2008 8:32:34 AM PST by Allegra
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To: yorkie; xtinct; Allegra; Justice Department; OESY

30 posted on 11/15/2008 8:34:18 AM PST by Lady Jag (DONATE NOW at https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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To: xtinct
Only in Austin, TX.


SPAMBURGER® Eating Contest

SPAMARAMA

SPAMARAMA™

31 posted on 11/15/2008 8:37:26 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Bail Out / Ba rock O = Bend Over [BOHICA])
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To: Trajan88

yes, spam should only be used as a weapon.


32 posted on 11/15/2008 8:53:07 AM PST by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: TADSLOS

I’ve never been to Hawaii, so would you please identify the other food items that are not as readily indentifiable as the spam?


33 posted on 11/15/2008 9:07:41 AM PST by jimtorr
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To: xtinct

I used to eat that stuff. It was okay if it was fried to a crisp and eaten on a sandwich with mustard. But during these upcoming hard times I’m out of luck. There’s too much salt and fat and being a heart patient I just won’t be able to eat it. Then again, if you’re hungry enough you’ll eat just about anything.


34 posted on 11/15/2008 9:20:24 AM PST by Terry Mross ( It's just a matter of time before we're all 'GUILTY' of hate speech.)
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To: xtinct

I remember seeing a large depot of cases of Spam somewhere overseas
during WWII.
It was a stacks of cases maybe 20 or more cases high, laid out in a
“U” shape and commonly called
“Spam Canyon”.


35 posted on 11/15/2008 9:34:45 AM PST by VOA
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To: xtinct
During World War II, Spam became a staple for Allied troops overseas. They introduced it to local residents, and it remains popular in many parts of the world where the troops were stationed.

My dad was a teenager in England in the early years of the war, before the US entered after Pearl Harbor. England was blockaded and starving. The shipping convoys from North America were packed with cheap, high-calorie foodstuffs. Dad survived on Spam and peanut butter for a couple of years, and can't tolerate eating either of them to this day.

36 posted on 11/15/2008 9:46:03 AM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: pennyfarmer

Yeah, but can you use those other meats as a doorstop for six months before eating them, and can you use their jelly to lube your bicycle chain?

I didn’t think so.


37 posted on 11/15/2008 9:46:41 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: Lady Jag

Love that picture, Lady Jag... rofl


38 posted on 11/15/2008 10:48:42 AM PST by xtinct (Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another. Plato)
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To: xtinct
Spam is versatile and handy.


39 posted on 11/15/2008 10:57:43 AM PST by Lady Jag (DONATE NOW at https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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To: Lady Jag

omg... you’re killing me... roflmao!!!


40 posted on 11/15/2008 11:00:43 AM PST by xtinct (Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another. Plato)
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To: TADSLOS

I think some of that stuff is featured in the movie “Alien.”


41 posted on 11/15/2008 11:16:30 AM PST by verity ("Lord, what fools we mortals be!")
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To: xtinct
Laughing burns a lot of calories. You're going to need some protein.

Do you like sushi?


42 posted on 11/15/2008 11:25:34 AM PST by Lady Jag (DONATE NOW at https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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To: Lady Jag

rofl... are you a PhotoShop expert? These are great.


43 posted on 11/15/2008 11:30:24 AM PST by xtinct (Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another. Plato)
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To: dighton
You see? Not everything in connection with this financial debacle is ALL bad!!
44 posted on 11/15/2008 11:33:57 AM PST by MozarkDawg
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To: xtinct
Yes, I'm an artist (paint) who self taught digital graphics years ago. Thanks for the compliments!

I'm getting hungry posting these and I have no Spam!

Rack of Spam was a real winner at the Hicks cookout in RI a few years ago.


45 posted on 11/15/2008 11:56:27 AM PST by Lady Jag (DONATE NOW at https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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To: tbw2
"What is the brown pile on the right? And what’s the top left stuff?"

SOYLENT GREEN!

46 posted on 11/15/2008 1:06:46 PM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: TADSLOS

What the heck is the black thing on the right??


47 posted on 11/15/2008 1:32:04 PM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: jimtorr; KosmicKitty; tbw2
Upper left- shredded pork (kalua pig)
Upper right- macaroni salad
Lower left- Teriyaki Chicken
Lower center- Steamed White Rice
Lower right- Lau Lau (Taro leaf stuffed with either fish or pork)
Spam and hot dogs piled on top

That's about a 4000 calorie lunch, and Hawaiians eat them on a regular basis. More Spam is sold in Hawaii than anywhere else- a favorite K-Rat item brought back from the Nisei 100th Bn and 442nd RCT who fought in North Africa and Europe during WWII.

48 posted on 11/15/2008 3:50:54 PM PST by TADSLOS (McCain Courted Socialism and Brought Us Marxism Instead)
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To: Terry Mross

” ... too much salt ...”

Look for Spam Lite, in the pale blue can.


49 posted on 11/15/2008 6:53:44 PM PST by Cloverfarm (Children are a blessing ...)
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To: xtinct
I like SPAM. It's especially good sliced and grilled with a couple of fried eggs and toast. I like it with waffles, too.

Guess I should buy it once in a while!

BTW, I also saw a Velveeta commercial on TV yesterday.

50 posted on 11/15/2008 10:42:23 PM PST by GVnana ("I once dressed as Tina Fey for Halloween." - Sarah Palin)
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