Quoted – Smucker to cut 40 percent of Orrville production workers as new plant comes online

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Smucker to cut 40 percent of Orrville production workers as new plant comes online

The J.M. Smucker Co., which makes the nation’s best-selling brands of jams, jellies and coffee, is investing $220 million over the next three years to consolidate its fruit spreads and coffee production from seven plants to three.

The 113-year-old company’s largest-ever capital investment includes a sizeable expansion of its Orrville headquarters on Strawberry Lane, where a new jam-and-jelly manufacturing facility will eventually replace the current 60-plus-year-old plant.

The downside is that larger, more efficient and technologically advanced food processing plants don’t require as many workers, so Smucker will end up letting go about 700 people, or 15 percent of its 5,300-person workforce, by the end of 2013.

Smucker, like all food manufacturers, was “under constant pressure to be as efficient as possible” in order to stay competitive, said Scott Testa, a food industry consultant and professor of business administration at Cabrini College in Philadelphia.

“No one wants to see people laid off, especially in this economy, but at the end of the day, as food manufacturers become more efficient, quite frankly you need less and less people.”


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Quoted – What is your Supermarket IQ? – Everyday with Rachael Ray

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Rachael Ray and I go shopping in the supermarket. . .

Whether you think you’re a grocery shopping whiz or you feel overwhelmed just pulling into the parking lot there has never been a more important time to know your way around the aisles.

1. Where can you find the cheapest products on supermarket shelves?

Brands pay to display their wares at eye level and at the end of each aisle because this can increase sales by an estimated 15-20 percent. “These brands can afford the slotting fees, as they tend to be pricier, “says Dr. Scott Testa Beware of tie-in sale tricks in these areas: On-sale tortilla chips will be placed alongside regular-priced jarred salsa.

2.  Grabbing nonfood items like mouthwash and toilet paper at the supermarket may be convenient, but it’ll cost you. Thes items are priced 20 to 40 percent more than they are at national superstores. ‘Big companies like Wal-Mart buy large quantities so they get better deals and can charge less compared to a regional supermarket that buys less and pays more per unit,” explains Testa.  Since it’s a pain to make an extra trip just for toilet paper, buy thes goods at the supermarket only when they are on sale.

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Did you know that Six Vitamin Water flavors contain banned substances by the NCAA?

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Not until the other day at my work, a local community pool at which I lifeguard, was it brought to my attention that six flavors of VitaminWater contain banned substances by the NCAA. Being a Division 1 college athlete, I was shocked at this comment by a fellow co-worker. Almost every time I walk into my local Wawa or convenience store, I go first to the glass cased refrigerator and pick out a VitaminWater. No I actually don’t believe nor feel that the Tropical Citrus Energy drink gives you a boost of energy or the Dragonfruit Power-C drink gives you a jolt of power or the Jackfruit-Guava B-relaxed drink allows you calm your nerves or the Green Tea Rescue drink gives your body actual Green Tea health effects or the Lemon Tea Vital-T drink is actually “vital” for your body OR the Cran-Grapefruit Balance drink balances your chemical make up of your body, but I still do enjoy all the flavors. From my understanding ever since my mom told me to take my vitamins everyday when I was a younger kid running out the door to catch the bus, vitamins were actually good for you. WELL, these drinks may have some good in them, but not for NCAA student athletes because the six drinks I named all contain banned substances by the NCAA. Two of my favorite VW drinks are Energy and Power-C which I would get on a regular basis. But now knowing that these drinks could get me suspended or even banned from my NCAA season, shocked me and turned me away from them.
I did some research on the VW brand and saw that Coca Cola, the parent brand, signed a multi-year contract with the NCAA to only advertise the Fruit Punch Revive drink on the sidelines of every NCAA championship game. Yet a month later on the NCAA website, the VW brand was mentioned that six of their fifteen flavors contained banned substances and could lead to a failed drug test. The NCAA website at the time said that the six flavors that contain these banned or impermissible substances were not related at all to the NCAA. The NCAA then came back and released a statement saying that “in fact, normal daily consumption of any of the 13 VitaminWater varieties will not place a student-athlete at risk for testing positive for banned substances.” Im getting mixed ideas here…Can I still drink my favorite Tropical Citrus Energy drink? I think this is a bad image for VitaminWater and more action needs to be taken because I was completely unaware.

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Quoted – Convenience Store News – Circle K – Supersized!

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Quoted – Convenience Store News – http://www.csnews.com/csn/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003946852

Scott Testa, marketing professor at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia: “What’s happening is these mini-marts or c-stores are starting to fill in those gaps that are left by those grocery stores that are also getting larger. It’s the traditional-grocery-store concept that is actually getting larger, and the mini-marts are growing into that kind of void that is left by these supermarkets. It seems like everything is getting larger.”

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