When Hormel Health Labs introduced its first product in 1988, instant food thickeners were virtually unheard of. Most hospitals and nursing homes were serving pureed foods that were of a hard to swallow applesauce consistency, and most pureed food patients were served a "mystery" bowl full of shapeless, unappealing, and watery concoctions.

THICK & EASY® Instant Food & BeverageThickener developed a comprehensive methodology and support program for developing safer-to-swallow and more appetizing pureed foods. This completely changed the way pureed foods are prepared and served. As the market leader in the United States and in several dozen countries around the world, Hormel Health Labs' pureed food products and programs have become the industry standard.

A variety of sales support materials assist the Hormel Health Labs sales team in their efforts. This includes training videos, cookbooks, specially developed forming molds, and training in a variety of preparation and serving techniques that add both variety and appeal to pureed foods.

Hormel Health Labs pioneered the use of the now widely practiced "slurry" technique. This involves adding instant food thickener to a variety of liquids, then pouring it over the top of a non-modified consistency product. Examples are cookies, cereals, etc. This technique opened up a whole new world of appetizing ideas to the pureed diet.

Widely recognized as the worldwide leader for Dysphagia products with brands like THICK & EASY® Instant Food & Beverage Thickener and CLIFFDALE FARMS™Pureed Foods, Hormel Health Labs also offers hundreds of other products designed to meet the needs presented by a variety of conditions. In 2001, Hormel Health Labs made several acquisitions which helped to round our our family of condition focused products. Our portfolio of supplements designed to treat Malnutrition is the broadest in the industry. Brands like MED PASS® Fortified Nutritional ShakesPLUS-2® Dairy BeverageMIGHTYSHAKES™Fortified SupplementsGREAT SHAKE™ Fortified Soy Supplements and HORMEL SOLUTIONS™ products are all recognized as leaders in their respective categories.

Innovation is the key to our success. From our FIBERBASICS™ products brand designed to assist Bowel Management to our MENU MAGIC® products which simplifies the condiment issue for people following sodium restricted or calorie restricted diets, you will find innovation everywhere you look. Hormel Health Labs also offers hundreds of general Healthful Items which are designed with the healthcare market in mind. From our HERB-OX® family of broths, sauces and gravies to our great tasting SIN FREE™ Fat Free Cake Mixes and Reduced Calorie Sorbets, cooking for your residents has never been easier or better tasting! For residents that require enteral nutrition, Hormel Health Labs offers a family of Critical Care products that are formulated to offer essential nutrients and proteins.

Today, Hormel Health Labs is well known as a leading supplier of condition specific food and food related products for the healthcare and long term care communities. No matter which of our products you're interested in, two things will be very clear – Our commitment to high quality and our commitment to great taste! Hormel Health Labs – Bridging The Gap Between Function And Flavor.