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Opening Arguments

Spam, Spam, Spam, egg and Spam!

We can't even talk about this without taking a Monty Python refresher course afterward:

Love it, hate it or laugh at it—at least it's inexpensive.

Sales of Spam—that much maligned meat—are rising as consumers are turning more to lunch meats and other lower-cost foods to extend their already stretched food budgets.

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Spam's maker, Hormel Foods Corp., reported last week that it saw strong sales of Spam in the second quarter, helping push up its profits 14 percent. According to sales information coming from Hormel, provided by The Nielsen Co., Spam sales were up 10.6 percent in the 12-week period ending May 3, compared to last year. In the last 24 weeks, sales were up nearly 9 percent.

I know this is way out too far to the edge for some of you, but I actually like Spam. Always have. Fried. With toast and eggs over medium.


Posted in: All about me


Bob G.
Thu, 05/29/2008 - 12:01pm

"...Bloody Vikings!"

I luv it.


(made me hungry all over again, Leo)

Harl Delos
Thu, 05/29/2008 - 1:45pm

At $2.82 for a 12-ounce can, it's $3.76 a pound.

You might call that inexpensive, but I don't.

It's tasty. I like fried spam with lettuce, Miracle Whip and tomato on italian bread. But I usually get ham instead; it runs about $2/pound on sale.

Leo Morris
Thu, 05/29/2008 - 8:15pm

The thing is that it's hard to find a 12-ounce ham. A fairer comparison would be with the per-pound price if you buy deli-sliced ham.

Thu, 05/29/2008 - 8:21pm

The difference between ham and spam, of course, is "sell it or smell it." Even pre-cooked ham has somewhat of a limited shelf-life under refrigeration, but spam sits unrefrigerated on the grocer's shelf and is virtually indestructible. Some would argue that it is also inedible, but I enjoy fried spam sandwiches.

Austin, MN ...aka Spamtown USA, even has a museum dedicated to the long history of America's "mystery" meat. Hormel, Austin has probably had more union strikes than any other meat plant in the world ...but they love Spam!