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Fisher re-launches Chef’s Naturals, introduces Earth-friendly packaging

BY Allison Cerra

ELGIN, Ill. John B. Sanfilippo & Son, owner of the Fisher brand, are underway to reduce energy usage and to continue to research packaging materials and processing methods to reduce emissions and waste.

The company’s Fisher brand is relaunching its Chef’s Naturals Baking Nuts, but this time, it will be featured in Earth-Friendly packaging. A portion of the packaging is made using plant-based renewable resources, not oil. Plant-based renewable resources can include corn, cellulose and wood pulp.

 

Fisher recognizes the importance of doing its part in helping the environment, as American businesses of all sorts have come to grips with the potentially serious consequences of using non-renewable resources, the company stated in its release Friday. Plus, they added, the new Fisher packaging does not affect the quality, freshness or shelf life of the products.

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FMI cancels upcoming conference in Dallas

BY Michael Johnsen

ARLINGTON, Va. The Food Marketing Institute on Thursday postponed its Future Connect leadership development conference, originally scheduled for May 4 through May 6 in Dallas, on account of the swine flu outbreak.

“It is with a deep regret that, due to the recent influenza outbreak, I share FMI’s decision to postpone our Future Connect and MARKETECHNICS events,” stated Leslie Sarasin, FMI president and CEO. “The increased urgency of the alerts from health officials today and the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services confirmed our decision to not host a large gathering where attendees would be in close proximity. We seek to support their recommended precautions and prevention steps and would not want to contribute to spread of the virus in any way.”

FMI is currently evaluating options for rescheduling the event, the association stated.

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Kimberly-Clark donates $1.56 million in scholarships

BY Allison Cerra

DALLAS The Kimberly-Clark Foundation, the charitable arm of Kimberly-Clark Corp.announced the recipients of its 2009 Bright Futures college scholarship program. This year, K-C provided college scholarships totaling $1.56 million to students located in 17 U.S. states and one Canadian province.

Established in 1993, the Bright Futures Scholarship Program awards college scholarships to children of Kimberly-Clark employees in the United States and Canada. Each scholarship is worth up to $20,000 ($5,000 per year for up to four years) for full-time students studying at accredited colleges and universities. Since its inception, the program has distributed approximately $30 million in scholarships to more than 1,500 students.

“Kimberly-Clark created the Bright Futures Scholarship Program to help make a college education more accessible to employees’ children who demonstrate the potential to become the next generation of leaders in our communities,” said Thomas J. Falk, chairman and CEO of Kimberly-Clark. “We salute the accomplishments of these capable and caring young citizens and are proud to award them these 2009 scholarships.”

The Foundation received 311 applications this year. The 78 recipients were chosen based on academic achievement, leadership, and involvement in extracurricular activities. Members of this year’s scholarship class will attend such top colleges as the University of Notre Dame, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Princeton, Stanford, Marquette, Emory and Clemson Universities. Past scholarship recipients have gone on to pursue successful careers in medicine, education, the armed forces and engineering. The average GPA for this year’s scholarship class is 3.96.

For more information on this year’s award recipients and to meet a few previous honorees, visit www.kimberly-clark.com.

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