Headlining the news today is a focus on how
Co. has introduced a nationwide effort to eliminate hunger in the
communities it serves, as well as ending waste across the company, by
2025. To accomplish these “moonshot” goals through its Zero Hunger |
Zero Waste plan, the grocer is working with hunger relief organization
Feeding America, of which it is a founding member, and, somewhat more
surprisingly, the global nongovernmental organization World Wildlife
Federation (WWF). The need for such a program is critical: Across the
United States, 42 million Americans go hungry, while an estimated 72
billion pounds of food wind up in landfills annually.
Foods said its plans for a poultry plant in Tonganoxie, Kansas have been
put on hold. In a letter to the Leavenworth County community on
Tuesday, Tyson poultry president Doug Ramsey wrote, “We’d still like to
get to know each other, however, after Monday’s reversal of support by
the Leavenworth County commissioners, we will put our plans in your
community on hold. We still have interest in Leavenworth County, but
will prioritize the other locations in Kansas and other states that have
expressed support.” More than half a dozen communities in Kansas have
contacted the state about having Tyson build the proposed $320 million
plant in their area, said Jackie McClaskey, Kansas secretary of
poultry and meat processor Sofina Foods is ratcheting up production at
its new turkey plant in southern Ontario. The company, which
packages its products under the Lilydale, Janes, San Daniele and Mastro
labels, invested $55 million in the project that converted a pork
processing facility acquired in 2015 into a turkey production facility.
Brands Holdings Corporation, a leading producer, marketer and
distributor of branded specialty food products, announced that it has
acquired 100% of the shares of Ontario based Leadbetter Foods Inc.
Leadbetter has annual sales of approximately $55 million and is one of
Ontario's leading manufacturers of specialty bacon, fresh and frozen
burgers and portion-cut steaks. It operates two production facilities,
including a modern 47,000 square foot custom designed bacon operation
built in 2012, both of which are located in Orillia, Ontario.
Lastly, with the U.S. being the exception,
markets across the world realized various degrees of visit growth in the
quarter ending June this year, reports The NPD Group, a leading global
information company. European markets continued their solid, if
unspectacular, recovery; and Brazil and Russia, both mired in recession
in recent years, came back. Korea posted a very solid traffic gain.
Total visits to U.S. restaurants and foodservice outlets declined by 1
percent or a loss of 94.5 million visits in the quarter compared to year
ago, according to NPD Group’s CREST®, which continually tracks consumer
use of foodservice outlets in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France,
Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, Spain, and the
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