Jennie-O is a brand name of turkey products. It is now a subsidiary of the Hormel Foods Corporation in Willmar, Minnesota. The company was founded by Earl B. Olson in 1940, when he began raising turkeys. In 1949, he bought the former Farmers Produce Company of Willmar and its turkey processing plant. In 1953, it was renamed to Jennie-O after his daughter, Jennifer Olson. The company continued to expand over the years, both by internal growth and through buying similar processing companies. It was widely known for producing turkey products that simulated other meats, such as turkey hot dogs, turkey ham, turkey pastrami, etc. It is now one of the two largest turkey processing companies in the US. (The other is Cargill, also from Minnesota.) The company was privately owned by the Olson family until 1986, when it was sold to Hormel Foods, of Austin, Minnesota.
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