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.”
InBev finalizes purchase of Anheuser-Busch
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.
Kroger opens another ‘fresh fare’ store in Ohio
CINCINNATI Kroger has opened its third fresh fare market in its home state, the company announced Tuesday.
The format of the fresh fare markets is designed to be more like a country grocery store than a traditional supermarket, with wider aisles and more gourmet options, reports said. The fresh fare stores also stocks many more options for ready-to-eat home meals, an expanded selection of organic produce, hearth-style pizzas and a build-it-yourself burrito bar.
Kroger’s fresh fare markets also carry less general merchandise items, such as home and yard furniture.
Kroger said that outside of Ohio it currently operates about 80 fresh fare markets, mostly on the West Coast, which operate under the Ralph’s umbrella.