Sales of canned cooked meat Spam have reached a record high for the seventh year in 2021 despite pandemic-related issues. As a result, Hormel, the company behind the best-selling brand, made record sales of $3.5bn in the three months ending in October. The supply chain challenges did not stop the brand from securing the Planters peanut brand in June, which saw net sales of $11.4 billion, up 19% compared with 2020. Spam has long been a beloved product in the Asia-Pacific region. In Hawaii, the canned ham is made into Spam Musubi– a sushi-like dish. The canned meat is also popular in South Korea and is the main ingredient of budae jjigae, or army stew. Moreover, tins of Spam are given as gifts for the Lunar New Year, sometimes placed in decorated boxes as part of the celebration for the holiday. Spam was created in 1937 by Hormel Foods Corporation. Skippy peanut butter is also one of Hormel’s known brands.