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Times must be hard Americans are buying Spam again
TimesOnLine ^ | December 6, 2008 | Mike Harvey

Posted on 12/07/2008 8:07:40 AM PST by vietvet67

In times of trouble the United States has historically turned to a tin of pink processed meat to see it through – and so it is again that sales of Spam are soaring as the recession bites.

They have shot up by more than 10 per cent in the past three months and the Hormel Foods Corporation has had to introduce a double shift at its factory in Austin, Minnesota, seven days a week to keep up with demand.

Spam costs only about $2.40 (£1.65) for a 12-ounce tin and keeps for ever, which earned it the slogan: meat with a pause button. Hungry consumers, desperate to cut back on spending but keen to put meat on the table, have been buying the product that “helped win the Second World War”.

The rise coincides with a record level of Americans using food stamps, the programme that helps the needy to buy food. More than 31.5 million Americans used the stamps in September – up by 17 per cent from a year ago, according to government data.

Spam was invented during the Great Depression by Jay Hormel, the son of the founder of the company. It is a brick of ham, pork, sugar, salt, water, potato starch and a hint of sodium nitrite “to help Spam keep its gorgeous pink color”.

Austin advertises itself as Spam-town and it boasts 13 restaurants with Spam on the menu. Johnny’s Spamarama menu includes eggs benedict with Spam for $7.35.

Employees are working flat out and next door the slaughter house butchers 19,000 pigs a day. “People are realising it’s not that bad a product,” said Dan Johnson, 55, who operates a 70ft (20m) oven in the factory.

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: economy; food; hormel
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1 posted on 12/07/2008 8:07:40 AM PST by vietvet67
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To: vietvet67

Spam is emergency chow, I’ve had Spam with pineapples and sweet and sour sauce and it was quite good, but I’d hate to live on the stuff.

This being Dec. 7th, I should mention I had an uncle who was on Guadalcanal during the battle for the island, all they had was Spam, and Pineapples to eat, when the war was over he never would touch either of them again.


2 posted on 12/07/2008 8:11:54 AM PST by padre35 (You shall not ignore the laws of God, the Market, the Jungle, and Reciprocity Rm10.10)
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To: vietvet67

..woohoo, fried with just a touch of mustard on a toasted onion roll...it will hold you over

3 posted on 12/07/2008 8:12:23 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: vietvet67

When I left the service, I swore I would never eat Spam again. To this day, I haven’t.


4 posted on 12/07/2008 8:12:37 AM PST by ComputerGuy (not my real name)
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To: vietvet67
This one's sealed up in a vault:


5 posted on 12/07/2008 8:14:27 AM PST by FBD (My carbon footprint is bigger then yours)
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To: vietvet67

I cannot buy the stuff. My hubby and his 4 brothers and sisters were raised by a tyrant Dad who forced them to eat spam and sauerkraut.

Downright abuse that was.


6 posted on 12/07/2008 8:14:34 AM PST by dforest (Is there any good idea out there that Obama doesn't lay claim to anymore?)
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To: vietvet67

I never realized there were that many people on food stamps.


7 posted on 12/07/2008 8:16:18 AM PST by HoosierHawk
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To: FBD

Ever had the Spam with Tobasco in it? Good stuff, that. And the Spam with bacon... Pork Fat Rules!


8 posted on 12/07/2008 8:17:08 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (ESPN MNF: 3 Putzes talking about football on TV while I'm trying to watch a game.)
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To: vietvet67

Had spam with ketchup on rye in my lunch-bag more than a few times in elementary school.

Good stuff!


9 posted on 12/07/2008 8:17:39 AM PST by PGR88
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To: vietvet67

Looking at the prices of Spam, it isn’t that cheap. There are number of cheaper alternatives that keep just as long as Spam.


10 posted on 12/07/2008 8:18:07 AM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: vietvet67

19,000 pigs a day!? I find that hard to believe. That would be quite a site to see though.


11 posted on 12/07/2008 8:18:09 AM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/)
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To: vietvet67
I loved it as a kid and still like it now. Spam and eggs ymmm.
12 posted on 12/07/2008 8:19:39 AM PST by DejaJude (Proud denizen of the fighting fringe.)
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To: vietvet67
I guess stats don't lie, but I find it really hard to believe that we are really in this bad of shape. I mean yes we all have worthless 401K’s and stocks but really do people really need to resort to Spam??? I think this is another story engineered to ensure that the entire United States Population believes that we are so bad that in one year when we are through with this cycle, Obama will be the Savior of America. Can this really be what is going on????
13 posted on 12/07/2008 8:19:48 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: vietvet67
$2.40 for a 12-oz can doesn't seem cheap to me. That works out to $.20 an ounce (or $3.20 a pound).

By comparison, I just priced fresh pork and fresh ground beef and they come out to $2.88 a pound and $2.24 a pound respectively. Even cheaper is poultry, which comes out to less than a dollar a pound if you buy it whole. An advantage to buying chickens (or turkeys) whole is that you can make soup out of it, further stretching your food dollar, which our family has done many times.

14 posted on 12/07/2008 8:20:28 AM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 86 days away from outliving John F. Kennedy)
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To: vietvet67
We love Spam. Plan on replenishing our stock this Wed when we go shopping.

http://www.spam.com/

15 posted on 12/07/2008 8:21:06 AM PST by Dustbunny (Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. The Gipper)
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To: indylindy

Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Suasage, eggs, and Spam.....That’s not got much Spam in it. Should give it a try ;)


16 posted on 12/07/2008 8:21:18 AM PST by Electric Graffiti
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To: vietvet67

I can’t possible be the only old man who can remember when a can of Spam represented the best meal we’d had in weeks.


17 posted on 12/07/2008 8:21:26 AM PST by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: vietvet67
I had heard the stories about people buying SPAM, realized I hadn't had any in a number of years so I went out and bought a small can.

Fried it up and had a sandwich. Yeap, just as good as I remembered.

18 posted on 12/07/2008 8:21:31 AM PST by PeteB570 (NRA - Life member and Black Rifle owner)
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To: vietvet67

Slice Spam, fry it, butter bread for grilled cheese, add Spam, slice of cheese and a slice of tomato, grill. Love it !


19 posted on 12/07/2008 8:23:11 AM PST by Dustbunny (Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. The Gipper)
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To: napscoordinator

Whats going on is the story writers are writing what their bosses want them too.

Nothing good is permitted. They should rename all the networks and papers to the Doomsday Channel.


20 posted on 12/07/2008 8:23:23 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Doogle

Yep, that is a good one too.


21 posted on 12/07/2008 8:24:01 AM PST by Dustbunny (Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. The Gipper)
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To: FBD

Spam Musabi....hmmmmm (cue Homer)


22 posted on 12/07/2008 8:24:15 AM PST by Illuminatas (Being conservative means never having to say; "Don't you dare question my patriotism")
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To: Electric Graffiti
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23 posted on 12/07/2008 8:24:53 AM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: Brett66

$1.89 a can for Spam Lite at Wal-Mart.


24 posted on 12/07/2008 8:25:05 AM PST by Dustbunny (Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. The Gipper)
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To: All

Spam is the only pork product that I am absolutely sure is safe to eat for fear of worms.
I love it browned in butter then tossed in with some eggs and cheese, a dash of dried onions and some quality fresh ground black pepper, Tabasco is always an option.

Seriously America is in a world of hurt, we need to live on protein not rice, granted a vegetarian can get enough protein but I am not a cud chewer.

Since I live in Alaska I have meat on the hoof literally with moose grazing on my property, I shot one almost 10 years ago and it supplied meat to my family for almost two years, I think its time to consider another harvest.


25 posted on 12/07/2008 8:25:39 AM PST by Eye of Unk (Americans should lead America, its the right way.)
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To: napscoordinator
I guess stats don't lie, but I find it really hard to believe that we are really in this bad of shape. I mean yes we all have worthless 401K’s and stocks but really do people really need to resort to Spam???

Maybe a lot of people are stocking up. Spam lasts forever. If there were some sort of catastrophe, you wouldn't go hungry.

26 posted on 12/07/2008 8:26:29 AM PST by DejaJude (Proud denizen of the fighting fringe.)
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To: driftdiver

They should rename all the networks and papers to the Doomsday Channel.

Shoot. It is going to be called the Sunshine channel on 20 January. But your post is totally valid and true.


27 posted on 12/07/2008 8:26:52 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Keith in Iowa

>”Pork Fat Rules!”<
ha! Yeah, dress it up a little bit, and it’s not too bad.


28 posted on 12/07/2008 8:27:23 AM PST by FBD (My carbon footprint is bigger then yours)
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To: DejaJude

That is a good point.


29 posted on 12/07/2008 8:27:25 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator
Question: "I think this is another story engineered to ensure that the entire United States Population believes that we are so bad that in one year when we are through with this cycle, Obama will be the Savior of America. Can this really be what is going on????"

Response: I have had the same suspicians. It is tragic but one cannot believe the media reports. I saw a media creature say now we go to New York where thousands are hungry. The guy at the soup kitchen( a black) refused to be lead and said "we were up in October but we are down in November(meaning the number of meals served)and we are not as high as last year," You should have seen the look on the media creatures face.

30 posted on 12/07/2008 8:28:50 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: napscoordinator
Question: "I think this is another story engineered to ensure that the entire United States Population believes that we are so bad that in one year when we are through with this cycle, Obama will be the Savior of America. Can this really be what is going on????"

Response: I have had the same suspicians. It is tragic but one cannot believe the media reports. I saw a media creature say".... now we go to New York where thousands are hungry. The guy at the soup kitchen( a black) refused to be lead and said "we were up in October but we are down in November(meaning the number of meals served)and we are not as high as last year," You should have seen the look on the media creatures face.

31 posted on 12/07/2008 8:29:32 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: river rat; All
And I remember SOS. As a kid I liked it.



32 posted on 12/07/2008 8:29:52 AM PST by vietvet67
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To: DejaJude
I loved it as a kid and still like it now. Spam and eggs ymmm.

My mom used to dice it and put it in scrambled eggs. (good stuff)

33 posted on 12/07/2008 8:30:31 AM PST by dearolddad
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To: ladyvet

but I DON’T WANT ANY SPAM!!!!

spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam WONDERFUL spam

SHUTUP!!


34 posted on 12/07/2008 8:31:02 AM PST by Electric Graffiti
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To: river rat

“I can’t possible be the only old man who can remember when a can of Spam represented the best meal we’d had in weeks.”

No, you are not, there are at least two of us. I can also remember when cracklins (grattons for you Cajuns) and a baked sweet potato were a treat.


35 posted on 12/07/2008 8:33:18 AM PST by Peter Horry (We shouldn't accept things just because somebody says so .... Dixie Lee Ray)
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To: river rat
I can’t possible be the only old man who can remember when a can of Spam represented the best meal we’d had in weeks.

That's why I loved it as a kid. Sometimes all we had was bread, butter and sugar. After a week of butter and sugar sandwiches, Spam was a treat.

36 posted on 12/07/2008 8:33:44 AM PST by DejaJude (Proud denizen of the fighting fringe.)
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To: Dustbunny
“$1.89 a can for Spam Lite at Wal-Mart.”

Spam Lite? I buy it when it see Kosher Jews buy it!

37 posted on 12/07/2008 8:36:58 AM PST by TRY ONE (NUKE the unborn gay whales!)
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To: river rat

Everyone in my immediate family either was a Marine or married one. Spam is a treat. A slice of Spam fried to a crisp makes a great sandwich. If you never lived on C-rations for months on end, you will never understand Spam lovers.


38 posted on 12/07/2008 8:39:13 AM PST by chesty_puller (70-73 USMC VietNam 75-79 US Army Wash DC....VietNam was safer.)
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To: DejaJude

“That’s why I loved it as a kid. Sometimes all we had was bread, butter”

Now, if it had been my grandfather’s homemade butter on one of my mother’s biscuits (made from stratch) you wouldn’t be complaining.


39 posted on 12/07/2008 8:40:24 AM PST by Peter Horry (We shouldn't accept things just because somebody says so .... Dixie Lee Ray)
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To: vietvet67

And SPAM is the ultimate Muslim repellent and Jihadi detector!


40 posted on 12/07/2008 8:41:41 AM PST by helpfulresearcher ( Bipartisanship is just a PC word for Collaborating with the Enemy)
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To: PGR88
I ate SPAM sandwiches everyday. From kindergarten until fifth grade, my lunch was always a SPAM sandwich, Fritos and a milk (a small can of Hawaiian Punch's Tahitian Treat if I was lucky.) Even to this day, I occasionally get a hankerin' for the stuff.

Fried with eggs, oh my...

41 posted on 12/07/2008 8:41:55 AM PST by RepoGirl ("I've seen things you wouldn't believe. Sea beams glittering at the Tannhauser Gate.")
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To: dearolddad
My mom used to dice it and put it in scrambled eggs. (good stuff)

I've diced it into fried rice. That's good too.

42 posted on 12/07/2008 8:42:22 AM PST by DejaJude (Proud denizen of the fighting fringe.)
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To: Electric Graffiti

*LOL*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODshB09FQ8w


43 posted on 12/07/2008 8:42:40 AM PST by Canedawg ("The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it")
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To: helpfulresearcher

I especially love that part!

Muslims in America will also be hurting to afford higher end cuts of meat, that is unless they are near a local goat farm.

And that sounds like a good way to control Muslims, tax the goats!


44 posted on 12/07/2008 8:47:55 AM PST by Eye of Unk (Americans should lead America, its the right way.)
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To: vietvet67

I’ve liked spam ever since it came out in WW2, I don’t know what everyone has against it.


45 posted on 12/07/2008 8:50:37 AM PST by dalereed
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To: vietvet67
Cubed and fried makes excellent pigs in a blanket.
46 posted on 12/07/2008 8:52:04 AM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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To: Canedawg
Lmao....hadn't seen that for decades. A Classic, along with the dead parrot skit. Monty Python - Dead Parrot
47 posted on 12/07/2008 8:53:07 AM PST by Electric Graffiti
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To: vietvet67
Austin advertises itself as Spam-town and it boasts 13 restaurants with Spam on the menu. Johnny’s Spamarama menu includes eggs benedict with Spam for $7.35.

Yeah.....really hard times. Around here, in a tourist town, you can get Denny's Grand slam breakfast for about $5.49.

48 posted on 12/07/2008 8:53:12 AM PST by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: helpfulresearcher

Thanks! Still laughing!


49 posted on 12/07/2008 8:53:23 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Allah FUBAR is what I say. Why? Because I can.)
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To: napscoordinator

“I find it really hard to believe that we are really in this bad of shape.”

Most of us aren’t, but many are anticipating bad times. I suspect a lot of spam is being purchased for later use.

I believe it to be a prudent precaution. If things don’t go that far south you can always use it later.


50 posted on 12/07/2008 8:53:45 AM PST by EEDUDE
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