Massachusetts-based Kayem Foods has recalled 9,230 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry due to possible listeria contamination. The recall affects 10 states; the company said no illnesses had been reported.
Advertising starting next year will focus on Swoops, a new chocolate product shaped and packaged like Pringles chips, as well as S'mores, a pre-packaged version of the campfire treat. The two additions to Hershey Foods' core brands are to be on shelves by the end of 2003. The company also is launching a Citrus Mint Breath Saver and spearmint-flavored Ice Breakers gum.
Retail companies currently faced with the expense of labeling products with their country of origin are hoping to influence the rules and pass on the responsibility and expense to producers and packagers. FMI's Tim Hammonds argues the increased expense of such a mandate would be too costly for retailers.
Procter & Gamble announced it will begin offering a Millstone coffee blend that has Fair Trade certification, which aims to guarantee small growers a decent living. Competitors Kraft and Nestle may soon follow suit, although fair trade coffee still is only a $100 million niche in the $19.2 billion U.S. coffee industry.
As one of Wal-Mart's top suppliers, Texas-based Kimberly-Clark announced a deal with IBM to implement RFID technology to automate its inventory. Wal-Mart has asked all its suppliers to use RFID tags by 2006.