Tuesday, August 15, 2006


Meet The Real Jennie-O

WILLMAR, Minn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – When it comes to talking turkey, it doesn’t hurt when your name is “Jennie O.”

That’s how it’s worked for a woman in Willmar, Minnesota, who has been the namesake for the Jennie-O turkey company since 1949.

Jennifer Olsen inspired the name of the turkey company when she was 5 and her dad wanted to change the name of his turkey processing plant to something more commercial.

Olsen’s mom suggested using the name “Jennie-O” and the name has stuck ever since.

She admits being the real Jennie O. put a lot of pressure on her at Thanksgiving but, thankfully, she’s never had any problems cooking a turkey because, in her words, “They’re so easy to prepare.”

Thanksgiving is still a few months off but Olsen is using her corporate icon status to help promote time-saving tips for the holiday via a new contest.

Folks who submit the best tips to www.jennieoturkeystore.com will win $10,000 towards a kitchen makeover.

One of her tips: Buying corn now, while it’s in season, and freezing it. As a result, she says she now has one side dish done and it’s not even Labor Day.

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