National Beef Packing Co. LLC has promoted Tim Klein to president and CEO and named him as a member of the board.

Klein had been the Kansas City-based company’s president and COO since 1997. He succeeds John Miller, who was CEO for 17 years. Miller is now a consultant to the company and remains on its board.

“We have had a succession plan in place for years, which included the continued development of our management staff to fulfill the leadership needs of an ever-changing and growing company,” Steve Hunt, chairman of National Beef and CEO of Kansas City-based U.S. Premium Beef LLC, said in a Monday release.

Source: National Beef Packing Co.

Agriprocessors fine cut by $9 million

The Iowa Workforce Development has reached an agreement with the Agriprocessors Inc. bankruptcy trustee to cut the company’s fines from $9.98 million to $1 million. The company, which was fined after the state determined it had illegally deducted money from employee paychecks, was sold last week to SHF Industries, a newly formed company.

A state representative stated that the settlement was reached in an attempt to collect some money from the company. With the company’s bankruptcy, the state didn’t think Agriprocessors would pay the full fine, according to AP reports. The company’s trustee said that the settlement does not mean that Agriprocessors is admitting to any guilt in the civil charges. In addition to having nearly 400 workers detained in an immigration raid, the company was also fined $4,900 by the state for failing to pay 42 employees their last paychecks. The company’s new owner is not involved in the settlement and will not have to pay the fines.

Source: Associated Press

Jamba Juice's sandwiches expand to New York

Following the initial rollout of Jamba Juice’s new food items in California last month, the company announced the debut of its California Flatbreads in 18 New York City locations. Jamba Juice’s new California Flatbreads are all under 330 calories, range from $3.50 to $3.75 and are made with high quality ingredients.

“In a fast paced place like New York City, our customers are always looking for something they can eat on the go,” said Brian Lee, vice president of innovation and quality. “Without sacrificing taste and quality, we are committed to offering our customers food served fast they won’t feel guilty about eating—at lunch, or dinner, or any time in-between.”

The lineup of California Flatbreads available all day long includes:
* Tomo Artichoko Flatbread—Flaxseed crust baked and brushed with lightly seasoned tomato sauce then topped with diced artichoke hearts, a three-cheese blend and finished with crunchy bread crumbs.
* Smokehouse Chicken Flatbread —A thick and crispy crust topped with BBQ chicken, smokehouse-roasted sweet corn, black beans, poblano chilies, red bell peppers, and a combination of mozzarella and cheddar cheeses—all atop a thick and crispy crust.
* MediterraneYUM Flatbread —Crispy flaxseed crust topped with a medley of Mediterranean-style grilled veggies: zucchini, onions, bell peppers and mushrooms, with feta and mozzarella cheeses.
* Four Cheesy Flatbread — A classic Italian four cheese blend of Mozzarella, provolone, parmesan and romano cheeses, melted on top of a crispy crust with a tomato basil sauce.

Source: Jamba Juice