Cincinnati is preparing for a possible influx of Gillette Co. employees relocating to Procter & Gamble Co. offices. So far, about 10 of the top 15 Gillette executives have committed to P&G, and the majority of managers at the next level were offered jobs by their new employer, Gillette said.
Supermarket chains that can't afford to compete on price could see success by responding to regional tastes, according to Darrell Rigby, head of Bain & Co.'s global retail practice. Rigby cites Texas-based H.E. Butt Grocery Co. as being particularly in touch with its customer base.
With studies indicating that consumers have less time to grocery shop, supermarkets are offering more convenience foods, such as take-home "meal solutions" and ready-to-go-meals from local restaurants. Food makers are also getting in on the act, with Banquet expanding its Crock Pot classics line and Menu Fresh offering ready-to-eat fajita kits. "People aren't cooking like they used to ... Stores are experimenting with creating departments right at the front of the store for grab-and-go," said Michael Sansolo, senior vice president of the Food Marketing Institute.
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.