kellogg http://michiganradio.org en Cereal maker Kellogg Co. to cut global workforce http://michiganradio.org/post/cereal-maker-kellogg-co-cut-global-workforce <p><strong><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">Update 10:11 a.m.</span></strong></p><p>A Kellogg Co. spokesperson said it's too early to tell how these cuts will affect the workforce in Michigan.</p><p>The cuts are coming as part of a "global efficiency and effectiveness program" called "Project K."</p><p>Kris Charles of Kellogg sent us this statement:</p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Project K is a significant, four-year, global program that will reshape our cost structure and serve as a catalyst for our growth strategy.&nbsp; The likely outcome of this global initiative is that by the end of 2017, we estimate that Kellogg will have approximately 7 percent fewer employees worldwide than we do today.&nbsp; We aren’t disclosing further specifics about Project K, however, this isn’t a one-size-fits all initiative.&nbsp; Each of Kellogg Company’s geographic regions and functions will implement the initiatives that make the most sense to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.&nbsp;It’s too early to estimate potential impacts in Michigan or the Battle Creek area at this time."</span></em></p><p><strong><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">9:19 a.m.</span></strong></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">Kellogg says it will trim its global workforce by 7 percent as part of a cost-cutting plan, with the cereal maker citing weaker-than-expected sales for the year.</span></p><p>The company called the changes "a<span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Lucida, 'Trebuchet MS', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17px;">&nbsp;global four-year efficiency and effectiveness program" in their <a href="http://newsroom.kelloggcompany.com/http-investor-kelloggs-com-investor-relations-news-releases-news-release-details-2013-Kellogg-Company-Announces-Third-Quarter-Results-and-New-Global-Program-Designed-to-Drive-Growth-and-Efficiency-default-aspx">press release</a>.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;" /><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;" /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">The maker of Frosted Flakes and Eggo waffles said it expects earnings per share for the year to be toward the lower end of its previous forecast.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">The workforce reductions will take place by 2017.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;" /><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;" /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">For the quarter, Kellogg Co. says it earned $326 million, or 90 cents per share. Not including one-time items, it earned 95 cents per share, which was above the 89 cents per share Wall Street expected.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;" /><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;" /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">A year ago, the company earned $318 million, or 89 cents per share.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;" /><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;" /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">Revenue slipped to $3.72 billion and was short of the $3.73 billion analysts expected.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody&nbsp;will have more on how the cuts could affect workers here in Michigan. The company is headquartered in Battle Creek, Michigan.</span></p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 15:11:19 +0000 Mark Brush, The Associated Press & Steve Carmody 15111 at http://michiganradio.org Cereal maker Kellogg Co. to cut global workforce Kellogg pays fine for violating Clean Air Act http://michiganradio.org/post/kellogg-pays-fine-violating-clean-air-act <p>Battle Creek-based cereal maker Kellogg has agreed to pay a big fine for violating the federal Clean Air act.</p><p></p><p>The violations occurred at Kellogg plants in Battle Creek and Grand Rapids. &nbsp;&nbsp;The government cited the cereal maker for operating without necessary permits and exceeding federal emission levels.</p><p></p><p>Some of the violations date back to 1993.&nbsp; The most recent violation took place in 2007.</p><p></p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 20:22:24 +0000 Steve Carmody 9630 at http://michiganradio.org Kellogg's Mini-Wheat recall comes after cutbacks, company reinvesting in supply chain http://michiganradio.org/post/kelloggs-mini-wheat-recall-comes-after-cutbacks-company-reinvesting-supply-chain <p>Three days ago, Battle Creek cereal maker Kellogg's announced a voluntary recall of Frosted and Unfrosted Mini-Wheats.</p><p>From <a href="http://community.kelloggs.com/kelloggs/topics/voluntary_recall_of_select_packages_of_frosted_mini_wheats_bite_size_original_and_mini_wheats_unfrosted_bite_size-686lj">Kellogg's</a>:</p><blockquote><p>We have initiated a voluntary recall due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh from a faulty manufacturing part. Recalled products include only Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size with the letters KB, AP or FK before or after the Best If Used Before date.</p></blockquote><p>You can see a list of UPC codes on the <a href="http://community.kelloggs.com/kelloggs/topics/voluntary_recall_of_select_packages_of_frosted_mini_wheats_bite_size_original_and_mini_wheats_unfrosted_bite_size-686lj">Kellogg's website</a>.</p><p>The <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444799904578048752257118008.html?mod=WSJ_qtoverview_wsjlatest">Wall Street Journal</a> reports on how much the recall will cost the company:</p><blockquote><p><span class="companyRollover link11unvisited">Kellogg</span> Co. <span data-change="0.28" data-changepercent="0.5444293214077387" data-company-name="Kellogg Co." data-country="US" data-datetime="Oct 11, 2012 10:27 AM " data-exchange-iso="XNYS" data-iso="$" data-offset="-4" data-pc="51.430" data-price="51.71" data-ticker="K" data-ticker-name="K" data-volume="197252.00" data-widget="dj.ticker" id="0.027807627792246326"><span class="tkrQuote tkrPositive"><span class="tkrName">K</span>&nbsp;<span class="tkrChange">+0.54%</span></span></span> said Wednesday it would take a charge of up to $30 million to cover the recall of Mini-Wheats cereal in the U.S. due to possible contamination by pieces of metal mesh.</p><p>Retailers have been contacted about the recall of 2.8 million packages of Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite-Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size, which are being pulled from store shelves. Kellogg blamed the contamination on "a faulty manufacturing part," and said no injuries had been reported.</p></blockquote><p>The WSJ reports the metal mesh problem comes after the company went through another recall in 2010 for a variety of cereals.</p><p>The paper reports the company is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to fix its supply chain, "which suffered deep cost cuts, leaving several manufacturing facilities overworked and too few people overseeing operations." Thu, 11 Oct 2012 14:46:29 +0000 Mark Brush 9457 at http://michiganradio.org Kellogg's Mini-Wheat recall comes after cutbacks, company reinvesting in supply chain Michigan Air National Guard Bases may not be losing jobs http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-air-national-guard-bases-may-not-be-losing-jobs <p>HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Sander Levin says he&#39;s hopeful that a Pentagon decision to add 24 C-130 air transport planes will offset sharp job cuts planned at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.<br /><br /> Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recommended Tuesday that the military budget the Air National Guard planes and the 2,200 personnel needed to support them.<br /><br /> Levin says the announcement &quot;is a positive step in the battle for equitable treatment of the guard.&quot; The Royal Oak Democrat says he&#39;ll press to see that the C-130s are based at Selfridge, 20 miles northeast of Detroit in Macomb County&#39;s Harrison Township.<br /><br /> The Obama administration budget for fiscal year 2013 now calls for cutting a net 450 part-time and 200 full-time jobs at Selfridge with the relocation of two-dozen A-10 Thunderbolt II air-to-ground attack aircraft. Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:12:56 +0000 The Associated Press 7189 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Air National Guard Bases may not be losing jobs Grant backs "micro-enterprise" in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/grant-backs-micro-enterprise-detroit <p>Some small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in Detroit could get a boost from a<a href="http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20120318/SUB01/303189992/-2-4m-backs-initiative-to-provide-biz-training-for-3-detroit#"> $2.4 million Kellogg Foundation grant.</a></p><p>The grant will help establish the Global Detroit Neighborhood Development Collaborative, a micro-enterprise lending and training programs in three city neighborhoods for three years.</p><p>Former Detroit State Representative Steve Tobocman runs the larger Global Detroit initiative, which will oversee the program.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 00:19:48 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6700 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Kellogg Co. stepping in to snatch up Pringles http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-kellogg-co-stepping-snatch-pringles <p>The Battle Creek based Kellogg Co. is moving to make more inroads into the snack world.</p><p>The company plans to purchase the Pringles brand, according to the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/industries/diamond-foods-drops-bid-to-purchase-pringles-brand-kellogg-steps-in-with-27b-offer/2012/02/15/gIQAy6wPFR_story.html">Associated Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Kellogg has popped up to buy the Pringles chip brand from Procter &amp; Gamble for $2.7 billion after a similar deal with Diamond Foods was derailed by accounting problems and an executive shakeup at Diamond.</p><p>The addition will help Kellogg with its goal of becoming as big globally in snacks as it is in cereal. The Pringles business will add to Kellogg&rsquo;s stable of snack brands that include Keebler, Cheez-It and Special K Cracker Chips.</p></blockquote><p>In a <a href="http://kelloggs.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&amp;item=365">statement</a>, Kellogg President and CEO John Bryant said:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We are excited to announce this strategic acquisition. <i>Pringles</i> has an extensive global footprint that catapults Kellogg to the number two position in the worldwide savory snacks category, helping us achieve our objective of becoming a truly global cereal and snacks company. We are delighted to welcome the employees of the <i>Pringles</i> organization to Kellogg. Their collective passion and commitment has resulted in <i>Pringles&#39;</i> well-deserved acclaim as one of the most recognized brands in the world.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Kellogg says it expects to complete the Pringles acquisition during the summer. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 15:04:09 +0000 Mark Brush 6225 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Kellogg Co. stepping in to snatch up Pringles Kellogg defends Toucan Sam logo from an archaeology group http://michiganradio.org/post/kellogg-defends-toucan-sam-logo-archaeology-group <p>Kellogg Cereal Company is asking a non-profit archaeology group to reconsider its bid to trademark a toucan logo.</p><p>From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>Kellogg Co. is asking a group working to defend Mayan culture to reconsider its logo, saying consumers can confuse it with Toucan Sam, the mascot of its Froot Loops cereal.</p><p>An attorney for the world&#39;s largest cereal maker has sent a letter to the nonprofit <a href="http://mayaarchaeology.org/">Maya Archaeology Initiative</a> saying Kellogg opposes the group&#39;s bid to trademark the logo. The attorney suggests a settlement that would limit the group&#39;s use of the image.</p><p>The Maya Archaeology Initiative, based in San Ramon, says there is little similarity. It says its logo is based upon a realistic toucan native to Mesoamerica, while Toucan Sam is a cartoon character with the coloring of Froot Loops.</p><p>The organization says that it hopes can resolve the matter with Kellogg, which is based in Battle Creek, Michigan.</p></blockquote><p>So, what do you think? Does Kellogg have a legitimate gripe? Here&#39;s a little Toucan Sam to refresh your memory:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVHvrsoy9P0 Tue, 23 Aug 2011 16:04:00 +0000 Mark Brush 3875 at http://michiganradio.org Kellogg defends Toucan Sam logo from an archaeology group Kellogg CEO steps down http://michiganradio.org/post/kellogg-ceo-steps-down <P>I just spoke with a food industry analyst who says Kellogg's next CEO will face challenges right from the start.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;Erin Swanson is a food industry analyst with Morningstar Financial.&nbsp; She says the challenge is to speed up development of new Kellogg products.</P> <BLOCKQUOTE> <P><EM>“Kellogg has been challenged over the past several months, or year by intense competitive pressures.”&nbsp;&nbsp; </EM></P></BLOCKQUOTE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Battle Creek's big employer is undergoing a big change. Mon, 06 Dec 2010 14:52:12 +0000 470 at http://michiganradio.org Kellogg CEO steps down