December 9: Hormel Foods, which produces Spam and Stagg Chilli, has cut the number of pallets used to ship its canned products by more than 14,000 in the US as part of a company-wide project that has also saved 5.2 million pounds of product packaging.

"Our new initiatives build on about 40 packaging reduction projects completed in 2008 and reflect the way we continuously look for means to improve the packaging of our products and reduce our environmental footprint," said Daniel Miller, research and development manager of packaging development at Hormel Foods.

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