Top stories for Feb. 5
Peanut health scare leads to chicken products recall
The Hain Celestial Group Inc., based in
The products subject to recall are 10-ounce cartons of Ethnic Gourmet Chicken Pad Thai (UPC code 18687-70054), which contains peanut sauce and peanuts as garnish, and 12-ounce bowls of Trader Ming’s Spicy Kung Pao Chicken (UPC code 0379526), which contains crushed and whole peanuts as garnish. The shipping containers bear the establishment number “P-9744” printed on the side of the boxes.
The chicken products were distributed to retail establishments throughout the
Source: Food Safety Inspection Service
Meadowbrook Farms lays off 600
Meadowbrook Farms has temporarily laid off 600 employees at its pork processing plant in
“There is something in the works,” said Bloomer. “We are waiting for information from
Meadowbrook is a farm cooperative, owned by about 200 farmers and pork producers that is headquartered in
Source: The Daily Journal
Burger King announces positive second quarter results
Burger King Holdings Inc., headquartered in
Revenues for the quarter were $634 million, up 3 percent from the same period last year. Burger King opened 125 new net restaurants, its best quarterly development growth rate in eight years.
“Our core business remains strong,” said John Chidsey, chairman and CEO. “Even in this uncertain economic environment, we posted positive comparable sales and accelerated our net restaurant openings. We remain focused on profitability growing the brand by increasing our global footprint, providing our guests with an exceptional value-for-the-money dining experience, and continuing to strengthen market awareness as a socially relevant brand.”
Source: Burger King Holdings Inc.
Researchers offer three â€œrecession strategiesâ€
In today’s difficult and uncertain economy, manufacturers and retailers need to adopt three specific strategies to protect themselves and increase profitability, according to the early findings of a group of consumer research experts.
1. The first strategy is to offer unprecedented value to shoppers, says Hoss Tabrizi, managing director of Strategic Marketing Sciences,
2. “Manufacturers and retailers must partner to pass along everyday price decreases reflective of input cost declines,” notes Dan Graham, the San Juan Capistrano, Calif.-based vice president of consulting services for Dechert-Hampe, Northbrook, Ill. Traditionally, about 60% of price decreases by manufacturers have been passed along by retailers, he explains, adding that “Over-reliance on deep discounting is an inefficient mechanism for winning and retaining customers.”
3. The third strategy is to continue to track long-term consumer trends and develop new products and plans to meet evolving trends, says Ben Ball, senior vice president, Dechert-Hampe. “Keep your eye on the horizon,” he urges. “And don’t rely on backward-looking consumer research and analytics, as this information is likely to be a poor proxy for future consumer behavior.”
Dechert-Hampe and Strategic Marketing Sciences, in conjunction with three other analytic and consulting firms, are launching a major research initiative aimed at measuring future consumer behavior and developing specific strategies that can be used efficiently and effectively by manufacturers and retailers (www.emergingconsumerconsortium.com). With so much uncertainty about how long or how deep this recession will be â€” and how to market both now and after the economy recovers â€” there is a real need for insightful and action-oriented research, say Bell, Graham and Tabrizi.