Ah, the age-old question; what is the meat in that special can of SPAM® Classic? Many myths abound, but the answer is actually quite simple.
91% PORK WITH HAM
At first glance, one might assume SPAM® products are produced through magic. But it’s actually a relatively simple, conventional process.
Whatever you may hear, no ‘scrapings’ or ‘useless bits’ of pork or ham have ever found their way into SPAM® products. High quality pork shoulder meat and ham (actually hand cut off the bone) are ground together with water, a little sugar, salt and spice to be cooked in the can to seal in the goodness. Very small amounts of stabilisers and preservatives are added:
Sodium Nitrite – you’ll find in all ham, bacon, sausage pork pies and other meat products. It simply helps the meat to keep its attractive pink colour.
Sodium Ascorbate – a more bioavailable form of common Vitamin C that functions as an antioxidant.
Triphosphates – a common preservative that’s an added protection against bacteria.
Hormel Foods introduces SPAM® luncheon meat. Ken Daigneau, brother of a Hormel Foods vice president, wins a contest–and $100–for naming the SPAM® brand.
SPAM® Chopped Pork & Ham has become synonymous with the best of British since it arrived in 1941 during World War 2 – saving us from a diet of corned beef.
"The Hormel Girls," a 60 member performing troupe, toured cities across America to generate awareness for SPAM® Classic & other HORMEL® products.
The one-billionth can of SPAM® Classic produced.
SPAM® Fritters are a regular feature on school menus.
Rediscovered after 50 years…The Real SPAM® Song Where has this little known gem been hiding for over half a century? A classic trade promotional record produced to publicise a 1963 advertising campaign. The SPAM® Jingle was composed and performed by the Cliff Adams singers. Cliff Adams was a musician, composer and arranger who was behind the hit BBC Radio 2 programme ‘Sing Something Simple’ that ran for over 40 years from 1959 to 2001.
The two-billionth can of SPAM® products produced. SPAM® Classic makes its TV debut in Monty Python's Flying Circus.
As productions is switched from Liverpool to Thetford the SPAM® Brand is given a new lease of life...
The five-billionth can of SPAM® products produced.
SPAM® Museum opens at the Hormel Foods Corporate Office (Austin, Minn.)
SPAM® Chopped Pork & Ham goes back on TV - 'SPAM UP' was created in honour of the many SPAM® Brand fans around the country and is a celebration of the many uses of SPAM® Chopped Pork & Ham. SPAM Up! Hormel's first TV advertising campaign for the SPAM® Brand in more than 40 years.
Maybe it was Python saying sorry for the 70’s sketch? They allow Hormel Foods to sponsor the launch of the SPAMALOT™ musical. Launch of Stinky French Garlic - SPAMALOT™ game gets over a million downloads in a week. That school dinner favourite, the SPAM® Fritter, makes a convenient return.
The seven-billionth can of SPAM® products produced.
The brand new SPAM® Museum opens in downtown Austin, Minn.
SPAM® brand turns 80.
The favourite, SPAM® Fritters is now available as ready-made from supermarket freezers.
SPAM® Brand starred on Broadway in Monty Python's SPAMALOT.
Over 100 million pounds of SPAM® product was shipped abroad to feed troops during WWII.
There are 12.8 cans of SPAM® products eaten every second.
Over 8 billion cans of SPAM® products have been sold.
Big Ben in England is 1,163 SPAM® Brand cans tall.
The canjo is a banjo made using a SPAM® Brand can.