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Whole Foods cuts some workers’ paid breaks from 15 minutes to 10

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Whole Foods Market is reducing paid breaks from 15 minutes to 10 minutes for many of its more than 90,000 workers, with the policy shift coming as retail and other front-line employees contend with surging COVID-19 cases in their......

CJ Foods expanding with new Asian food facility

FoodBusinessNews
LOS ANGELES — CJ Foods USA Inc. (CJ Foods), the US-based affiliate of CJ CheilJedang (CJCJ), has unveiled plans to invest several hundred million dollars to build a 700,000-square-foot Asian food production facility in Sioux Falls, SD. The new facility will include automated food production lines, a warehouse and distribution......

Tyson Foods investing $26 million to expand bacon production

FoodBusinessNews
SPRINGDALE, ARK. – Tyson Foods, Inc. is starting 2021 with a capital improvement project that will increase production of its Wright Brand Bacon brand. The company is investing $26 million in an expansion of its Vernon, Texas, bacon processing plant where the bacon is made. The project is scheduled for......

Herbalife Nutrition to move into baked foods category

FoodBusinessNews
LOS ANGELES — Herbalife Nutrition has launched Protein Baked Goods Mix, marking the global nutrition company’s first foray into the baked foods category. According to Herbalife Nutrition, the new Protein Baked Goods Mix has been specially formulated to be combined with the company’s Formula 1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake Mix,......

Nestle to invest $100 million in frozen foods facility

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JONESBORO, ARK. — Nestle USA has announced plans to invest more than $100 million to expand its frozen foods facility in Jonesboro. The expansion will include the addition of 90,000 square feet to the facility as well as a new production line for Hot Pockets frozen sandwiches. “Consumers are embracing......

U.S. FDA warns Amazon’s Whole Foods Market for misbranding food products

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: People wait in line practicing social distance at a Whole Foods Market amid an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in San Francisco, California, U.S., March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Tuesday it has issued a warning letter......

Lawsuit claims Tyson Foods managers bet money on employees getting COVID-19

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Waterloo, Iowa — The son of a Tyson Foods employee who died from COVID-19 complications claims in a lawsuit filed this week that company managers bet money on how many employees would test positive for the virus, reports CBS......

Amazon encourages California warehouse and Whole Foods workers to get weekly Covid tests

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Peter Endig | AFP | Getty Images Amazon is encouraging front-line employees in California to get weekly Covid-19 tests, as the state rolls out new emergency workplace protections for the coronavirus. “In accordance with Cal/OSHA’s new Covid-19 emergency regulations, we......

Post in pact to acquire Almark Foods

FoodBusinessNews
ST. LOUIS — Post Holdings, Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Almark Foods, which offers hard-cooked and deviled egg products. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Almark’s portfolio of conventional, organic and cage-free egg products are supplied to retail outlets and foodservice distributors nationwide. Based in......

AOC’s unlikely ‘employee of the month’ win for Goya Foods

NYPost
Post Editorial Board Succeeding as only she can, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won an honorary “employee of the month” award from Goya Foods — by calling for a boycott. At a White House event in July, CEO Bob Unanue praised President Trump as a “builder.” That prompted ex-Housing Secretary Julian Castro......

Comfort foods, caffeine top Grubhub’s Year in Food report

FoodBusinessNews
CHICAGO — Comfort foods and caffeine were among the most popular items ordered on Grubhub this year, according to the delivery platform’s annual Year in Food report. The company analyzed data from more than 30 million diners and found orders of spicy chicken sandwiches increased 318%, making it the top......

Innovation, investments and increased sales bolster the packaged foods industry

FoodBusinessNews
KANSAS CITY — The center of store became the epicenter of surging food and beverage sales in 2020. In-home eating brought on by coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdowns provided the impetus. Along with increased sales, innovative new products hit the frozen food and soup categories while facility investments came in frozen pizza.......

Tyson Foods suspends Iowa plant officials amid coronavirus scandal

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Sarah Polus Tyson Foods suspended top officials at an Iowa pork processing plant without pay on Thursday amid a COVID-19 scandal that involves allegations of a cash buy-in, winner-take-all betting pool against employees. Among the claims presented in a recent wrongful death......

AAK to build plant-based foods center

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KARLSHAMN, SWEDEN — AAK AB has unveiled plans to establish a Plant-based Foods Global Center of Excellence on the company’s premises in Zaandijk, The Netherlands. The three-story center will include two pilot plants, an analytical laboratory, a customer experience kitchen and a sensory suite. “The long-term outlook for plant-based foods......

Tyson Foods ramping up operations overseas

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SPRINGDALE, ARK. — Capitalizing on growing global demand for its products, Tyson Foods, Inc. announced on Nov. 10 its plans to invest in new processing facilities and expand existing plants in Thailand, China and The Netherlands. Referencing recent overseas acquisitions and joint ventures, the company said its international presence has......

Moody’s expects bumpy road for packaged foods industry

FoodBusinessNews
NEW YORK — Home food consumption is expected to decline over the next 18 months as consumers return to more normalized spending patterns before returning to growth in 2022, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service. In an Oct. 28 update, Moody’s said it expects sales and earnings......

Flowers Foods adjusted earnings jump 36%

FoodBusinessNews
THOMASVILLE, GA. — A major shift from private label to branded retail sales and a 36% increase in adjusted net income were among highlights in third-quarter financial results of Flowers Foods, Inc. Flowers net income in the third quarter ended Oct. 3 was $44,347,000, equal to 21¢ per share on......

TreeHouse Foods sees acquisition as pasta category leverage

FoodBusinessNews
OAK BROOK, ILL. — TreeHouse Foods’ acquisition of Riviana Foods’ regional pasta brands will give the company leverage in terms of geographic reach and increased volumes. TreeHouse’s pasta businesses are located in the western and eastern portions of the US. The acquired businesses will fill a large swath of the......

TreeHouse to acquire some US pasta brands from Riviana Foods

FoodBusinessNews
OAK BROOK, ILL. — TreeHouse Foods, Inc. will acquire a majority of the US branded pasta business of Riviana Foods, Houston, Texas, for $242.5 million. Several regional pasta brands will be a part of the transaction, but it will not include Riviana’s Ronzoni national brand. Riviana Foods is a business......

Darifair Foods breaks ground on new innovation center

FoodBusinessNews
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. — Culinary and food science company Darifair Foods broke ground on a new, 47,500-square-foot corporate headquarters and innovation center in Jacksonville, Fla. The facility will house the company’s marketing, sales, customer service, research and development, finance, supply chain and IT functions with socially distanced workstations. The innovation center......

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