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Ukrop’s appeals to shoppers to ‘go green’ with reward promotion

BY Jenna Duncan

RICHMOND, Va. Ukrop’s Super Markets is encouraging its shoppers to think about the environment when shopping for groceries.

From March 31 through April 26, Ukrop’s Valued Customer cardholders who buy specially marked “green” products and scan their UVC cards will receive a $0.05 bag credit and have the chance to win a $1,000 Ukrop’s gift card.

All 29 Virginia Ukrop’s stores will participate in the green promotion, which runs through the week of Earth Day [April 22].

Some of the items included in the campaign are Clorox Greenworks cleaning products, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products, Seventh Generation products, Ukrop’s All Natural bakery, meat or Spring Water products, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables.

Julie Bishop, manager of culinary and wellness trends at Ukrop’s, said, “Ukrop’s offers our customers products and opportunities to ‘Go Green’ by recycling, eating eco-friendly, and keeping an eco-friendly home. We want to remind our customers that these small lifestyle changes and green choices can have a big impact on our community and our environment.”

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Cargill turns over third-quarter earnings in fiscal 2008

BY Jenna Duncan

MINNEAPOLIS Cargill, international food production and supply company, reported net earnings of $1.03 billion in the third quarter of fiscal 2008, ended Feb. 29. That figure is up 86 percent from last year when the company reported $553 million. Earnings from the first nine months of fiscal 2008 reached $2.9 billion—a 69 percent increase from $1.71 billion during the same time last year.

Greg Page, Cargill chairman and chief executive officer, said, “Cargill posted a third consecutive strong quarter in a year in which the dimensions of change in global agriculture are striking S Prices are setting new highs and markets are extraordinarily volatile. In this environment, Cargill’s team has done an exceptional job measuring and assessing price risk, and managing the large volume of grains, oilseeds and other commodities moving through our supply chains for customers globally.”

Cargill has announced success in its diversification measures, global assets, market insight and risk management. “Our business model gives us the wherewithal to remain customer focused in a very challenging operating environment,” Page said.

Cargill reported that four out of five of its business segments saw increased earnings compared to third quarter 2007. The origination and processing segment, which sources, processes and distributes agricultural commodities and provides supply chain and risk management services to customers globally, saw the greatest earnings. The Cargill industrial segment also saw a dramatic increase. Risk management and Cargill’s financial segment experienced mixed results in the third quarter, but overall were down from the same time in 2007, the company said.

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Kraft Foods announces expansion of production plant

BY Adam Kraemer

DOVER, Del. Kraft Foods, the second largest food manufacturer in the world, announced Thursday it is adding 40 jobs and expanding production at its Dover manufacturing plant.

Kraft, the maker of Jell-o gelatins, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and Maxwell House coffees, is directing about $40 million towards upgrading its Dover plant to up production of single-serving packets of its popular drink mixes, like Capri Sun, Crystal Light, Country Time, Kool-Aid and Tang.

The State of Delaware has awarded Kraft a $708,000 grant to help grow the 1-million square-foot plant and boost production.

The announcement for expansion comes at a turnaround from a couple of years ago when Kraft was closing manufacturing plants and cutting jobs. Nationwide, the U.S. has seen the loss of hundreds of manufacturing jobs in recent years.

The jobs that Kraft is adding will include operator and mechanic positions on the single-serve drink-mix production line. Kevin Ripley, the plant’s manager, said that the annual salaries of these jobs will be between $35,000 and $45,000. The Dover Kraft plant currently employs 520 people.

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