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SPAM Facts & History
What is Spam?
SPAM luncheon meat is a canned precooked meat product made by the Hormel Foods Corporation.
The labeled ingredients in the Classic variety of Spam are: chopped pork shoulder meat with ham meat added, salt, water, sugar, and sodium nitrite to help “keep its color”.
The product has become part of many jokes and urban legends about mystery meat, which has made it part of pop culture and folklore.
Where did the name ‘Spam’ come from?
Actually…Hormel Spiced Ham got off to a slightly rocky start.
Other meatpackers began to introduce their own canned luncheon meats, and Hormel lost its controlling share of the market. Soon, however, they came up with a cunning plan to rectify this situation – they would give Hormel’s luncheon meat a truly catchy name. Toward this end, they offered $100 for a suitable appellation.
The winning name was, of course, ”SPAM”, and a legend was born.
Where is Spam sold?
SPAM is sold in over 99% of U.S. grocery stores, online, and pretty much everywhere around the world.
It is particularly popular in Hawaii and even Korea where it can be found in luxury bundles.
What are the ingredients of Spam?
Inside a can of Spam you will find chopped pork shoulder meat with ham meat additives, salt, water, sugar and sodium nitrite.