Spamtown USA is the nickname given to Austin, Minnesota, a town full of spirit and community pride. Austin acquired its name from one of its original settlers, Austin Nichols. This town is home to the Hormel Foods Corporation, the maker of the world’s supply of Spam, as well as a variety of other products.
Spam, once touted as the miracle meat in a can, was developed in 1937. This clever meat product did not need to be refrigerated and was created from a mixture of ham and pork that was chopped and flavored. Unfortunately for its makers, competitors honed in on the market and presented fierce competition initially.
The Hormel Company created a contest to come up with a catchy name for their product in an attempt to garner more of the canned meat market. Obviously, the winning entry was “Spam” and the winner received one hundred dollars for the prize. A singing commercial, one of the first, followed in 1940.
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