Crown Receives 'Spirit of Excellence' Award From Hormel Foods Corporation For Fifth Consecutive Year

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

PHILADELPHIA, May 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- For the fifth consecutive year, CROWN Food Packaging USA, a subsidiary of Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCK) (Crown), has been honored with a "Spirit of Excellence" Award from Hormel Foods Corporation. Crown supplies Hormel Foods with rectangular shaped cans in two different sizes for the SPAM(R) family of products, along with a variety of other metal cans and ends.

Hormel Foods presents the award annually to those companies who have attained service standards of excellence and have assisted the company in its quest for superior customer satisfaction.

"Without the ongoing special efforts of partners like Crown, we would not be able to accomplish continued quality improvement of our products and services," commented Larry L. Vorpahl, Group Vice President, Hormel Foods Corporation. "We are pleased to have an avenue to honor companies that have helped us achieve these important goals."

To qualify for the prestigious award program, suppliers must meet or exceed specific requirements established by the supplier quality management (SQM) committee of Hormel Foods. Eligible companies are then selected according to various criteria, including performances involving deliveries, administrative, product quality, customer service and plant quality audits. Hormel Foods established the SQM recognition program in 1991.

"Being recognized with this award by Hormel Foods for five consecutive years is a prestigious honor," said Raymond L. McGowan, President, CROWN Food Packaging USA. "As an organization, we strive to go beyond being simply a packaging supplier and instead become a true ally and resource for our customers. Whether the need is for consistent, high quality packaging, superior customer service, expert technical support, filling or seaming advice, or troubleshooting, we are there for our customers every step of the way. That's the essence of Crown's Brand-Building Packaging(TM) philosophy."

About Hormel Foods Corporation

Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minnesota, 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, 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 six 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.

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About Crown Holdings, Inc.

Crown Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, 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:

In the United States: Jim Wilson, Vice President Sales, CROWN Food Packaging; Tel: +1-215-698-5264; Email:

In Europe: Ana Ces-Agraso, Marketing Director, CROWN Food Europe; Tel: +44 1905 762304; Email:

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

For investors, contact: Timothy J. Donahue, Senior Vice President - Finance, +1-215-698-5088.