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It's very common for larger companies to have both a master contract and local contract, a common point of confusion, says an attorney

Kellogg v BCTGM

What will this Memphis contract war come to?

By Kacey Culliney

A labor attorney says there could be a number of reasons behind the Kellogg-BCTGM contract dispute and now that the National Labor Relations Board is involved, worse-case scenario it could end up in the US Supreme Court.

Kellogg claims the employment terms at Memphis fall under a local contract that expired in October, 2013 and can be negotiated on, but the BCTGM argues they're covered in a master contract that doesn't expire until 2015 and therefore cannot be negotiated on

Kellogg v BCTGM

Kellogg v BCTGM: Contract wars over Memphis lockout

By Kacey Culliney

The BCTGM union has accused Kellogg of acting outside the law in its lockout, claiming employment terms held under a master contract can’t be negotiated, but Kellogg says the terms fall under a local, supplemental contract which expired last October.

Energy drinks on fire, but diet soda still in a funk, says Wells Fargo as Coke and Pepsi battle to 'reinvent' cola

Energy drinks on fire, but diet soda still in a funk, says Wells Fargo as Coke and Pepsi battle to 'reinvent' cola

By Elaine Watson

Diet soda sales remain in a funk according to the latest Nielsen data, with dollar sales in the four weeks to March 15 plunging 7.3%. Regular soda fared somewhat better (+ 0.6%), while energy drinks (+8.3%) and sparkling water (+26.2%) continued to steam...

The BCTGM claims Kellogg cannot negotiate on rates of pay, benefits or work rules on newly hired, full-time staff until 2015 when the master contract expires

EXCLUSIVE INSIGHT FROM BCTGM ON KELLOGG MEMPHIS LOCKOUT

BCTGM: Kellogg’s Memphis lockout is illegal

By Kacey Culliney

Kellogg’s Memphis lockout is unlawful because employment terms are covered by a master contract that cannot be negotiated ahead of expiry in 2015, says the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union.

The rise and rise of Dr Praeger’s Sensible Foods

The rise and rise of Dr Praeger’s Sensible Foods

By Elaine WATSON

The name - Dr Praeger’s Sensible Foods - may not sound very sexy, but the sales figures certainly are, says Larry Praeger, CEO of a frozen food firm enjoying double-digit sales increases year-on-year in a category where many players are struggling to...

High Brew boss: ‘We’re the antithesis of RTD coffee drinks’

Interview with High Brew founder David Smith

High Brew boss: ‘We’re the antithesis of RTD coffee drinks’

By Maggie Hennessy

The manufacturer of a ready-to-drink coffee beverage line looks to snag some market share from category-leading Starbucks with a cold brewed line that’s more about the flavor of coffee than masking it with milk and sweeteners.

Reset or risk drinks 'destruction' in North America: Peltz warns Pepsi

‘Whatever happened to my beverage rock ‘n roll?'

Reset or risk drinks 'destruction' in North America: Peltz warns Pepsi

By ‘Whatever happened to my beverage rock ‘n roll?'

PepsiCo must return to its roots as a ‘lean, hard-hitting’ $30bn+ revenue beverage business under standalone management as the current strategy risks destroying its North American arm, Nelson Peltz warns.

Mars commits to palm oil deforestation policy

Mars commits to palm oil deforestation policy

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Mars has committed to ending deforestation associated with its palm oil supply by the end of 2015, becoming the latest multinational to do so, alongside Unilever and Nestlé, among others.

From ancient wisdom to the new transparency: Trend spotting at Expo West

Insights from Expo West 2014

From ancient wisdom to the new transparency: Trend spotting at Expo West

By Maggie Hennessy

The natural products market continues to grow and achieve scale, reaching $150 billion last year and projected to hit $226 billion by 2018—with 68% of that coming from food and beverage products, according to the Nutrition Business Journal.

“Some of my work is predicting the future, five or 10 years out. I look at a lot of historical data and current data to understand macro-trends,” Sheluga said.

60-second interview: The day job

What do you do? David Sheluga, director of commercial insights, ConAgra Mills

By Maggie Hennessy

As part of FoodNavigator-USA’s ongoing series of 60-second interviews with the movers and shakers of the US food and beverage industry, we caught up with David Sheluga, a veteran of F&B market research and consumer insights on the challenges of predicting...

Consumers are more empowered today and it's because of that, we're shifting into their world of demand, says Frito-Lay marketing head

Dispatches from Snaxpo 2014: Frito-Lay marketing insight, part II

Frito-Lay: The real battle is winning over the 'empowered' consumer

By Kacey Culliney

Consumers and their demands are in charge of business; driving everything we do in marketing terms and pulling us into their world, says Frito-Lay’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer.

Interview with Bobo's Oat Bars founder Beryl Stafford

Bobo’s oat bars at the crux of convenience, gluten-free

By Maggie Hennessy

Ten years after Bobo’s Oat Bars first hit natural food store and coffee shop shelves in Boulder, CO, the now profitable cereal bar manufacturer is capitalizing on the parallel growth in popularity of the gluten-free and grab-and-go segments to target...

“There were originally two options put forward, the main proposal, which we saw behind Mrs. Obama at the launch, and one with a clear difference between ‘get more’ and ‘get less’ nutrients. That alternate option just keeps getting lost,

How much do consumers use (and understand) nutrition labels?

By Maggie Hennessy

On the heels of the US Food and Drug Administration’s proposed updates to the Nutrition Facts label—which received largely positive marks from the food and beverage industry—new research from the NPD Group is questioning how many US consumers even routinely...

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