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Winn-Dixie’s private label package designs receive praise from industry experts

BY Jenna Duncan

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Winn-Dixie’s packaging designs for three of its private label premium products were recognized as some of the United States’ best in the Private Label Packaging Awards, hosted by PL Buyer magazine.

“We are honored to have been recognized in this competition,” said Robin Miller, Winn-Dixie’s director of communications. “The redesign and relaunch of our private label products is another way for us to continue earning trust and loyalty every day, by providing our customers with the quality they deserve at a great value.”

Eighteen winners were selected from a pool of about 300 new products. This was the sixth year that Buyer magazine held the awards contest.

The three Winn-Dixie product lines that were named “best of the best” in the nation included the private label organic line of grocery products such as cage-free eggs, green tea, salted butter and others; Winn-Dixie’s fresh breads; and also Winn-Dixie’s private label sorbet and gelato line.

“This year’s winning packaging is not only extremely attractive, but also highly innovative and functional. Judging criteria included innovation, overall looks and how well the packaging met its intended mission (set by the submitting company),” PL Buyer magazine’s editors said.

“I liked the way that they’re using a similar design across different product categories and having it still make sense,” said one of the judges, Lisa McTigue Pierce, editorial director of Flexible Packaging and editor-in-chief of Food & Beverage Packaging.

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Pilgrim’s Pride CEO and COO resign

BY Melissa Valliant

PITTSBURG, Texas Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., one of the largest chicken producers in the United States, announced Tuesday that its CEO and COO have stepped down due to the bankruptcy process that it started earlier this month when it filed for bankruptcy.

President and CEO Clint Rivers, as well as chief operating officer Robert Wright, have resigned. Don Jackson, formerly president of Foster Farms’ poultry division, will be filling the role of president and chief executive, following approval by the bankruptcy court. In the meantime, Lonnie Ken Pilgrim, the company’s board chairman, will be interim president.

The company plans to restructure its operations but will be operating as usual while it determines its next steps out of bankruptcy.

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Cargill acquires two of Carneco’s meat processing facilities

BY Jenna Duncan

COLUMBUS, Ohio Cargill Value Added Meats, part of Cargill Inc., has said that it will complete its acquisition of Carneco Foods by January. The companies announced that they had come to terms on a purchase agreement Thursday for Cargill to buy two of Carneco’s processing plants, reports said.

Cargill Value Added Meats was searching for a new operating plant after it lost its Booneville, Ark., facility to a fire March 23. by fire on Easter Sunday. Cargill Value Added Meats president, John O’Carroll, told the press that Cargill was approached by Lopez Foods, the owner of Carneco, and Lopoez offered to sell its two facilities. O’Carroll also said that originally Cargill has planned to open a new plant in Texas.

Carneco is the maker of beef chubs, frozen beef patties and pre-packaged fresh ground beef.

Details of the buyout are said to be finalized on or around Jan. 2, 2009.

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