Terms of Use - Effective Date: August 15, 2013

Welcome

This Website (this “Site”) is owned and operated by Hormel Foods Corporation (“Hormel Foods”, “we”, “us” and “our”). By accessing or using this Site you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by these Terms of Use. We reserve the right to update these Terms of Use at any time. These changes will be effective as of the date we post the revised version on our Sites.


Ownership of Site and Content

All right, title and interest in this Site, including, but not limited to all of the software and code that comprise and operate this Site, and all of the text, photographs, images, illustrations, graphics, audio, video and audio-video clips, URL’s, advertising copy and other materials provided through this Site (collectively, “Content”) are owned by us or by third parties who have licensed their Content to us. This Site is protected under trademark, service mark, trade dress, copyright, patent, trade secret and other intellectual property laws. In addition, the entire Content of this Site is a collective work under U.S. and international copyright laws and treaties, and we own the copyright in the selection, coordination, arrangement and enhancement of the Content of this Site.

We hereby grant you a limited, revocable license to download and print copies of any portion of the Content of this Site to which you have properly gained access, but only for your own personal, non-commercial use, and only if you do not remove, modify or obscure any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary notices from the Content you download. The foregoing license is subject to these Terms of Use and does not include the right to use any data mining, robots or similar data gathering or extraction methods. This license is revocable at any time without notice and with or without cause. You may not permit others to copy, distribute, perform or display publicly, prepare derivative works based on, broadcast, exploit or use any part of the Content on this Site except as expressly provided in these Terms of Use. Nothing in these Terms of Use shall be construed as transferring any right, title or interest in this Site or its Content to you or anyone else, except the limited license to use this Site and its Content on the terms expressly set forth herein.


Special Terms and Conditions Governing Special Promotions, Features or Functionality

Some of our Sites include special promotions, features or functionality. For example, you may be able to use one of our Sites to enter a sweepstakes or contest; to share recipes; to apply for a job; to purchase products; or to design and email a “gram” to a friend. These special promotions, features and functionality may be offered subject to special terms and conditions, such as age restrictions, entry deadlines, return policies, or restrictions on use. If special terms and conditions apply, we will post appropriate notices (“Notices”) on the applicable Site on the entry form, the order form or the registration page. These Notices supplement or amend these Terms of Use and are hereby made part of these Terms of Use.


User Content

We may permit users to post, upload, display, publish, distribute, transmit through, broadcast or otherwise make available on the Site (collectively “Submit”) messages, text, illustrations, files, images, graphics, photos, comments, sounds, music, video, information, recipes, content, suggestions, ideas  and or other materials (“User Content”).


Rules Governing User Content. The following additional terms and conditions apply when you post User Content on one of our Sites.

You may not

  • post any User Content that is protected by copyright, trademark, privacy or publicity rights, trade secret rights, confidentiality rights, contract rights, or other rights without the express permission of the owner of the respective right; and you are solely liable for any damage resulting from your failure to obtain such permission or from any other harm resulting from User Content you submit,
  • post any User Content that is harmful; hateful; threatening; abusive; harassing; defamatory or libelous; sexually explicit, vulgar, lewd, obscene, or pornographic; offensive; inappropriate; or inflammatory;
  • post any User Content that you know (or reasonably should know) is false, deceptive or misleading;
  • post any User Content that contains software viruses or any other programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
  • post any private information about another person, including addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and so on;
  • impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent yourself, your age, or your affiliation with any person or entity;
  • use the Site in a manner that violates any laws or regulations;
  • use the Site to solicit money, goods or services for private gain or for charitable purposes;
  • use the Site to promote political views or candidates;
  • use the Site to advertise any goods or services or to solicit the purchase or sale of any products or services;
  • use the Site to transmit chain letters or junk email;
  • use the Site to further or promote any criminal or illegal activity or to provide instructional information about illegal activities;
  • use the Site in a manner that interferes with, disables, disrupts, impairs, or creates an undue burden on the networks or services that support the Site;
  • use the Site to harvest or collect email addresses or other contact information of other Users by electronic or other means for the purposes of sending unsolicited emails or other unsolicited communications;
  • use the Site in a manner that, in our sole discretion, restricts or inhibits any other user from using or enjoying the Site.
  • use the Site in a manner that suggests an association with our Company or any of our subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, products or brands.
  • use this Site in any way that violates these Terms of use.

Right to Monitor and Remove User Content

You understand that we have the right (but not the obligation) to monitor User Content and the right (but not the obligation), in our sole discretion, to remove any User Content that violates these Terms of Use or for any other reason.


Our Use of User Content

By submitting User Content, you give us a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty free and non-exclusive license to exploit, make, use, copy, disclose, display or perform publicly, distribute, improve and modify any User Content you submit to us for any purpose whatsoever, without restriction and without compensating you in any way. We shall have no obligation to treat your User Content as confidential. By voluntarily providing User Content to us, you are agreeing to these terms; representing and warranting to us that the User Content you provide is your original work, you own or control all rights and have the right to grant the license described above. We are free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques contained in any User Content you submit without any remuneration or obligation to you and for any purposes whatsoever including, without limitation, developing, manufacturing and marketing products and/or services using User Content. Publication or use of any third-party content is at our sole discretion and we are under no obligation to use any User Content you provide. If your User Content is published, used and/or posted on our Sites, we may include your name, likeness, photo or biographical information in conjunction with such publication, posting, or use. By submitting, disclosing or offering User Content, you hereby grant us the right to use your name, likeness, photo or biographical information in connection with the publication, use or posting.


Notice of Claim of Copyright Infringement

We do not knowingly violate or permit others to violate the copyrights of others. It is your responsibility to make sure that you do not post User Content that violates the copyrights of others. We reserve the right to deny you access to this Site if you post or transmit infringing User Content on or through one of the Sites. Please notify our Copyright Agent immediately if you have reason to believe any part of the Content of this Site or any other Site infringes the copyrights of others.

If you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner, please notify our Copyright Agent immediately of any claim of copyright infringement.

Your notice must be signed (physically or electronically) and must be addressed as follows:

Copyright Attorney, Legal Department

1 Hormel Place

Austin, MN 55912

Fax: 507-437-5838

Email: copyrightagent@hormel.com


Third-Party Content

Some of the articles, columns, information, and other materials available through our Sites are provided to us by third parties (other than visitors to our Sites). Wherever practical, in our opinion, the source of these third-party materials is identified. These third-party materials are provided for your interest and convenience only. We do not endorse these materials or the third parties who supply them to us, nor are we responsible, warrant, or represent that these materials are current, accurate, complete or reliable. The opinions expressed in these materials are strictly those of the authors and do not necessary reflect our views or opinions. If there is a dispute between persons accessing the Website or between persons accessing the Website and any third party, you understand and agree that we are under no obligation to become involved. If there is such a dispute, you hereby release Hormel Foods and its officers, directors, employees, partners, successors, agents, affiliates, subsidiaries and their related companies from claims, demands, and damages of every kind or nature arising out of, relating to, or in anyway connected with such dispute.

The Website may contain links to other websites maintained by third parties. We do not operate or control, in any respect, or necessarily endorse the content found on these third-party websites. You assume sole responsibility for your use of third party links. We are not responsible for any content posted on third party Websites and are not liable to you for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as a result of your dealing with any third party or their website.


Mobile

The Website may include certain features and services that may be available via your mobile phone, including, without limitation: (a) the ability to upload to the Website via your mobile phone, (b) the ability to receive and reply to messages and to send content and messages using text messaging, and (c) the ability to access the Website from your mobile phone (collectively “Mobile Services”). Your carrier’s normal messaging, data and other rates and fees will apply. Your carrier may prohibit or restrict certain Mobile Services and certain Mobile Services may be incompatible with your carrier or mobile device. You should check with your carrier to find out what plans are available and how much they cost. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. By using the Mobile Services you agree that we may communicate with you regarding the Website and our partners by SMS, MMS, text message or other electronic means to your mobile device and that certain information about your usage of the Mobile Services will be communicated to us.

Upon submission of your phone number to obtain Mobile Services, you may receive an SMS text message requiring confirmation response from your mobile phone or device. Your text message confirmation response will constitute an agreement to comply with the terms and conditions. Text “STOP” from your mobile phone and we will unsubscribe you from our SMS text messaging service. You will receive an OPT-OUT confirmation message and will not receive any additional messages until you re-register on our Website or you initiate additional text requests. From you mobile phone, you may request additional information at any time by texting HELP.

You agree that in connection with the Mobile Services for which you are registered for, we may send communications to your mobile device regarding us or other parties. Further, we may collect information related to your use of the Mobile Services. If you have registered for Mobile Services, you agree to notify us of any changes to your mobile number and update your account(s) on the Website to reflect this change. You also agree that the cell phone number you enter is registered in your name and that you will not initiate messages or messaging to the cell phone of any other person or entity.


DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

OUR SITES AND ALL OF THE INFORMATION, PRODUCTS AND SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR SITES ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS," "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS, WITHOUT REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, WE AND OUR AFFILIATES DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO OUR SITES AND THE INFORMATION, PRODUCTS AND SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR SITES. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, WE AND OUR AFFILIATES DISCLAIM ALL REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, (A) OF TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE; (B) ARISING FROM COURSE OF DEALING OR COURSE OF PERFORMANCE; (C) RELATING TO THE SECURITY OF OUR SITES; (D) THAT THE CONTENT OF OUR SITES IS ACCURATE, COMPLETE. CURRENT OR RELIABLE; AND (E) THAT OUR SITES WILL OPERATE WITHOUT INTERRUPTION OR ERROR.

SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS OF WARRANTIES MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.


Indemnification

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Company, its affiliates, licensors and service providers, and its and their respective officers, directors, employees, contractors, agents, licensors, suppliers, successors and assigns from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, judgments, awards, losses, costs, expenses or fees (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or relating to your violation of these Terms of Use or your use of the Website, including your User Content, any use of the Websites content, services and products other than as expressly authorized in these Terms of Use or your use of any information obtained from the Website.


LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE IN ANY MANNER FOR ANY USER CONTENT. ALTHOUGH WE PROVIDE RULES FOR USER CONTENT, WE DO NOT CONTROL AND ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT USERS POST ON OR THROUGH OUR SITES AND ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY OFFENSIVE, INAPPROPRIATE, OBSCENE, UNLAWFUL, INFRINGING, FALSE, OR OTHERWISE OBJECTIONABLE USER CONTENT YOU MAY ENCOUNTER ON OUR SITES OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF OUR SITES.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, SHALL WE OR OUR AFFILIATES, OR ANY OF OUR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, AGENTS, VENDORS, LICENSORS OR SUPPLIERS, BE LIABLE TO YOU OR TO ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY LOSSES OR DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE OUR SITES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IN CONNECTION WITH ANY INFORMATION, PRODUCTS OR SERVICES PROVIDED OR PURCHASED THROUGH OUR SITES.

THIS IS A COMPREHENSIVE LIMITATION OF LIABILITY THAT APPLIES TO ALL LOSSES AND DAMAGES OF ANY KIND (WHETHER DIRECT, INDIRECT, GENERAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF DATA, INCOME OR PROFITS), WHETHER THE CLAIM IS BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, EVEN IF OUR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OR THE AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF ONE OF OUR AFFILIATES HAS BEEN ADVISED OF OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWN OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, AND WITHOUT REGARD TO THE EFFECTIVENESS OF OTHER REMEDIES.

IF ANY PART OF THIS LIMITATION ON LIABILITY IS FOUND TO BE INVALID OR UNENFORCEABLE FOR ANY REASON, THEN OUR AND OUR AFFILIATES’ AGGREGATE LIABILITY (INCLUDING THE LIABILITY OF ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY WHOSE LIABILITY WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE BEEN LIMITED) FOR LIABILITIES THAT OTHERWISE WOULD HAVE BEEN LIMITED SHALL NOT EXCEED THE AMOUNT, IF ANY, OF ANY AMOUNTS PAID BY YOU TO US OR THE APPLICABLE AFFILIATE IN CONNECTION WITH THE APPLICABLE PRODUCT OR SERVICE, OR IF YOU HAVE PAID NO SUCH AMOUNTS, $10.00.

SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION LIABILITY FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE FOREGOING LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.


Reliance on Information Posted

The information presented on or through The Website is made available solely for general information purposes.  Information accessible on this Site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Information is many times general in nature and may be helpful to some persons but not others, depending on their personal needs. You should always consult with your personal physician prior to changing or undertaking a new diet or exercise program. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Site.


Password Protected Areas of Our Sites

For your protection, certain areas of our Sites are password protected. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your passwords. We have the right to assume that anyone accessing our Sites using a password assigned to you has the right to do so. You will be solely responsible for the activities of anyone accessing our Sites using a password assigned to you, even if the individual is not, in fact authorized by you. If you have reason to believe that your password has been compromised or used without authorization, you must promptly change it using the functionality provided on our Sites. In order to access or use some of the features on the Website, you may have to become a registered user. If you become a registered user, you will provide true, accurate, current and complete information about you as may be prompted by any registration forms, if such information changes, you will promptly update the relevant registration information. We reserve the right to terminate your account or otherwise deny you access to the Website in our sole discretion for any or on reason without notice and without liability. If you are under the age of thirteen (13), then you are not permitted to register as a user or otherwise submit personal information to us.


Use of This Site Outside the United States

This Site is intended for use by individuals who reside within the United States and has been designed to comply with United States law. We do not represent that this Site or the Content, products, or services made available through this Site are appropriate for locations outside the United States, nor that this Site or the Content, products or services made available through this Site complies with the laws of any other country. If you access this Site from locations outside the United States, you are responsible for complying with all applicable local laws.


Governing Law, Jurisdiction and Venue

Our headquarters are located in Austin, Minnesota, USA. These Terms of Use shall be governed under the laws of the State of Minnesota without regard to its conflicts of law provisions. All actions or proceedings arising out of or relating to these Terms of Use shall be venued exclusively in state or federal court in the State of Minnesota. You hereby irrevocably consent and submit to the personal jurisdiction of said courts for all such purposes.


Our Online Privacy Policy

All information we collect on this Website is subject to our Privacy Policy. By using the Website, you consent to all actions taken by us with respect to your information in compliance with the Privacy Policy.