Crown Food Packaging USA Receives 'Spirit of Excellence' Award From Hormel Foods for Fourth Consecutive Year

Monday, June 20, 2005

PHILADELPHIA, June 20, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCK) (Crown) announced today that its Food Packaging USA affiliate has received a 'Spirit of Excellence' Award from Hormel Foods Corporation for the fourth consecutive year. Crown supplies Hormel Foods with rectangular shaped cans in two different sizes for the SPAM(R) family of products, along with other metal cans of various sizes.

Crown was presented with the 'Spirit of Excellence' Award for taking an active role in the Hormel Foods quality improvement process (QIP) during 2004. Eligible companies were selected according to various criteria, including performances involving deliveries, product quality, customer service, administration and plant quality audits.

"The Hormel Foods supplier quality management (SQM) process has provided us an avenue to honor our suppliers for their commitment to providing excellent product quality and service that meet or exceed our requirements," said Donald Nelson, Director of Purchasing for Hormel Foods. "Crown's on- going special efforts help us achieve our quest for superior customer satisfaction and continued quality improvement of our products and services."

The SQM recognition program was established in 1991 to improve the quality of products and services provided to Hormel Foods through mutually beneficial relations built on trust and respect.

"We are honored to have been recognized by Hormel Foods with this prestigious award for four consecutive years," commented Ray McGowan, President of CROWN Food Packaging USA. "Crown's Brand-Building Packaging(TM) identity is all about providing our customers with more than just consistent quality packaging. It is about offering superior customer service, technical support, innovation and problem solving consultation to help build their brands with consumers. We look forward to continuing this level of service and our relationship with Hormel Foods."

About Crown Holdings, Inc.

Crown Holdings, Inc., through its affiliated companies, is a leading supplier of packaging products to consumer marketing companies around the world. World headquarters are located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

For more information, contact: Thomas T. Fischer, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs; Tel: (215) 698-5266; Email:

For investors: Timothy J. Donahue, Senior Vice President - Finance; Tel: (215) 698-5088.

About Hormel Foods Corporation

Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. The company leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring quality, value-added brands to the global marketplace. For each of the past five years, Hormel Foods has been named one of "The 400 Best Big Companies in America" by Forbes magazine. The company enjoys a strong reputation among consumers, retail grocers, and foodservice and industrial customers for products highly regarded for quality, taste, nutrition, convenience and value. For more information, visit

SOURCE Crown Holdings, Inc.

Thomas T. Fischer, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs; Tel: (215) 698-5266; Email:, or Investors: Timothy J. Donahue, Senior Vice President - Finance, +1-215-698-5088, both of Crown Holdings.