A bill poised to pass the House Mar. 2 would impose uniform safety warnings and labeling rules on food and beverages nationwide -- a significant change from current practices that the food industry argues will help consumers but many state agriculture and health officials fear will significantly reduce their ability to protect the public.
Consultant Bill Bishop emphasizes, Manufacturers and suppliers of food and consumables need to understand the implications of this trend. It is critical for them to build trade plans and strategies to address their shifting retail customer base.
Campbell Soup Co. on Feb. 22 announced major sodium reduction efforts, including the introduction of 25 percent-reduced-sodium versions of its top-selling soups -- Campbell's Cream of Mushroom, Chicken Noodle and Tomato soups. The new soups will be available in August.
Kraft Foods Inc. Chief Executive Roger Deromedi confessed to industry analysts Tuesday that the company still has a long way to go in its restructuring efforts. He said Kraft does have some brands that are well-positioned, but currently has none that hold a "significant advantage."
Scientists say aromas often signal compounds with health properties. That is, the odors from foods ranging from garlic and onions to ginger and strawberries may be nutritional signals that the human nose has learned to recognize.
On Jan. 30, Kraft said sluggish sales and rising commodity costs would force it to cut another 8,000 jobs "at all levels of the organization" and close 20 more factories worldwide by 2008.
The Northfield, Ill.-based company said the new cutbacks, which should occur through 2008, should save $750 million a year.
In Louisiana, thousands of workers displaced by Hurricane Katrina are living in trailer parks set up by their employers to get production going again. Domino Sugar has about 200 trailers on-site for employees and their families.