Anheuser-Busch goes greener by slashing landfill waste
ST. LOUIS Anheuser-Busch has announced that it will have reduced the amount of waste that its facilities send to landfills by 22 percent—or around 2,400 tons—from the previous year by the end of 2008.
The reduction in landfill waste is part of a company-wide effort to switch solid waste byproducts to recyclable materials, and cut down on excesses in packaging, reports said.
A-B has said that its plants are now reusing and recycling such items as aluminum, cardboard, metal, plastic strapping for cases, office supplies, pallets, plastic shrink wrap, and other materials.
A-B has also stated a commitment to reducing the greenhouse gases it produced to be about 5 percent less than levels recorded in 2005 levels by 2010 in all of its U.S. plants and facilities.
Heinz rated best food company by American Customer Satisfaction Index
PITTSBURGH Major food manufacturer H.J. Heinz Company scored No.1, for the ninth time, on the University of Michigan’s American Customer Satisfaction Index for best in the food-manufacturing sector, said ACSI this week.
Heinz markets and produces healthy, convenient and affordable foods, including sauces, meals, soups, snack and infant nutrition, though it’s most well-known for its ketchup. The American Customer Satisfaction Index is updated each quarter with new scores for about 200 companies in 43 industries and evaluates U.S. product and service quality, produced in partnership with the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and CFI Group and supported in part by ForeSee Results, the corporate sponsor for the e-commerce and e-business measurements.
“We are proud that Heinz continues to earn the trust of consumers with foods that provide the best consumer satisfaction in terms of good value and which consistently exceed expectations for millions of American families every day,” said William Johnson, Heinz chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Consumers love the Heinz brand and we plan to continue providing consumers with new reasons to try our foods as we innovate in terms of taste, nutrition, affordability and convenience.”
Sara Lee announces it will close kosher meat processing plant in Chicago
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. Sara Lee has announced that it will close a Chicago-area plant that makes kosher hot dogs and other packaged meats by Jan. 30, 2009. The company said that it plans to sell off the property and decommission the plant’s equipment.
The closure will affect about 185 employees. News that a possible closure would occur at one of Sara Lee’s North American plants was released earlier this year.
“This decision was made after careful consideration of our strategic, long-term plan, which focuses on categories where we have a strategic competitive advantage,” said C.J. Fraleigh, Sara Lee Corp. North America’s chief operating officer. “We value the contributions made by our employees and are working to help them prepare for the future by providing severance and outplacement assistance.”
Sara Lee has more than 44,000 employees at manufacturing sites worldwide.