Survival Kitchen–Americans Buying More Spam

            Here’s an interesting sign of the times.  Sales of Spam, processed meat in a can, have risen by 10% in the past three months.  Believe it or not, the Hormel Foods Corporation has had to introduce a double shift at its factory in Austin, Minnesota, seven days a week to keep up with demand.  That’s what you could call a prosperous niche.  However, this rise in Spam sales coincides with a record number of families on food stamps.


Spam was invented in 1936 during the Great Depression by Jay Hormel, the son of the founder of the Hormel company.  Spam became a staple food for Allied troops during the Second World War.  It’s still popular in many parts of the world where the troops were stationed.  Spam is sold in more than 45 countries and over six billion cans have been sold over the years.  The range of Spam products includes Spam with real bacon, Spam Lite, Spam fritters, Spam spreaders, Spam with black pepper and Spam.


True Spam devotees will be interested in knowing that in 1991 the official Spam museum opened in Austin, Minnesota, where it attracts more than 60,000 people annually.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.