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Heinz rated best food company by American Customer Satisfaction Index

BY Melissa Valliant

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.”

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Hy-Vee boosts private label with cheap meal options

BY Jenna Duncan

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa Hy-Vee has launched a new program that provides 30 recipes to feed a family for cheap. The “30 meals for $3 per serving” launch includes recipes for popular dinners such as ham and swiss quesadillas, bar-be-cue cheeseburger sliders and French dip sandwiches with au jus.

The recipes all include Hy-Vee brand ingredients such as Hy-Vee bakery buns, Hy-Vee canola oil, Hy-Vee salsa and Hy-Vee shredded cheese.

The complete list of meal recipes from Hy-Vee’s “30 meals for $3 per serving” can be found online at http://www.hy-vee.com/30meals/30meals.asp 

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InBev finalizes purchase of Anheuser-Busch

BY Jenna Duncan

LEUVEN, Belgium InBev announced today that it has finalizes its acquisition of U.S. brewer Anheuser-Busch Cos.

The maker of Beck’s beer announced that the new company will be called Anheuser-Busch InBev and will trade under a new symbol starting Nov. 20. The buyout deal was worth $52 billion total, or $70 per share.

The newly combined company will produce about one-quarter of the beer consumed in the world and will generate about $36 billion annually, the companies said.

InBev also has recently reached an agreement with regulators to sell holdings of the Labatt USA beer business and licenses.

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