US consumer food group Hormel Foods has launched a fortified shelf-stable turkey spread, Spammy.

The maker of Spam said that the new product was designed to help combat childhood malnutrition throughout the world.

"Hormel Foods sought to create a product high in protein to help serve malnourished and poverty-stricken communities worldwide," said Jeffrey Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer at Hormel Foods. "Our company has years of experience in creating shelf-stable proteins, so we employed our expertise to create this new product."

Spammy has been fortified with zinc, iron, B vitamins, and other essential vitamins and mineral, the company said.

Hormel Foods has made an initial three-year commitment to deliver one million cans of Spamm to in-need families in Guatemala through partners Food For The Poor and Caritas Arquidiocesana. Guatemala was selected because its poverty rate is more than 50% and the chronic malnutrition rate is the highest in the Western hemisphere, Hormel said.