Spam, the cheap canned meat created amid the Great Depression, has turned 80 and is celebrating in style.
The Mercury News in San Jose reports that Hormel Foods has launched a national tour honoring its pork-based product. It will be at the California State Fair from July 14 to 16 and at San Francisco Giants home games on Aug. 5 and 9.
The Minnesota-based Hormel introduced Spam on July 5, 1937, and found a big market in soldier rations in World War II. Lately, it has inspired a few fine chefs.
Stanislaus County is not a major producer of pork, canned or otherwise. Hormel canned chicken at a Turlock plant that closed in 2010.
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