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As the cost of food soars, shoppers learn a little Spam goes a long way

It’s been called by many names — “Mystery Meat,”  “Spare Parts Animal Meat,” and even “Something Posing As Meat” — but it’s obvious shoppers like the taste. A recent surge in Spam sales across the country has left many store shelves bare. Tough economic times may be a reason, since Spam often sells for just around $2 per can. While most companies are cutting back on workers, the Hormel company, which produces Spam, is overloading its employees with overtime. Created in 1937 by Jay C. Hormel in Austin, Minn., Spam has since permeated its pressed rectangular meat into cultures around the world.

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