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Danger Lurks for SuperValu Employees

Touch the Soil News #842 (Feature photo – Country Market, a subsidiary of SuperValue – Billerti, CCA, SA 3.0 Unported) SuperValu is the 5th largest grocery chain in the United States. Headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, the company has a unique operational set-up. While the company only operates about 197 traditional grocery stores, its warehouses supply another 1,815 grocery stores that are franchised or a part of another grocery chain. In total, the company reports that it has around 30,000 employees with annual sales of around $13 billion. SuperValu has a big problem – despite being in business since 1926, and the efforts of tens of thousands of employees over…

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Kellogg’s – Food Giant at the Crossroads

Touch the Soil News #718 (feature photo – Kellogg world headquarters in Battle Creek, Michigan CC SA 2.0 Battle Creek CVB) The Kellogg’s Company is laying off over 1,000 employees as it closes 39 distribution centers over the next few months. The company says it is going to a “warehouse” model to handle its distributions – though it was not clarified what that really means. The famous breakfast cereal maker began operations in 1906 as the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company. At present the company has approximately 33,500 employees. The company will be looking to lay off about 3 percent of its employees. When 1,000 jobs are lost at…

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When It Comes to Money – Are Grocery Stores Obliged to Sell Their Souls?

Touch the Soil News #201 Recently, Whole Foods Market issued a press release announcing a net reduction in jobs of approximately 1,500 employees. Perhaps it is not a big number relative to 91,000 employees, manning 431 stores in 12 regions. The reasons given for the cutbacks include: Keeping prices low for customers Invest in technology upgrades Improving cost structure What does improving cost structure mean? Does it mean store prices, cutting jobs, having money satisfy stockholder demands? Asking these questions is not a criticism of Whole Foods Markets, which has tremendous responsibility to stockholders. Ditto for virtually every other publically owned or privately owned company. (photo courtesy of Raysonho -…

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The Argument for Small Farms to Replace Industrial Farms Just Got More Convincing

Touch the Soil News #107 – Includes 2 videos A few years back I had a conversation with a local produce-stand owner with a storefront in the city. He also held a degree in economics. “Good economics is 1,000 people farming 1,000 acres, he said. “Bad economics is one person leveraging equipment, chemicals and minimum-wage employees to farm 1,000 acres.” If cash is not flowing, the nation cannot maintain its individuals, the larger economy or its infrastructure. A decentralization of the food chain may not only lead to more fresh local foods, but a re- invigoration of cash flow sustaining more people. So what is the potential for small-farm enterprises…

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Employment Opportunities High in Food and Agriculture

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May 11, 2015 │ Washington D.C.   In partnership with Purdue University, the USDA funded a report called: “Employment Opportunities for College Graduates – in Food, Agriculture, Renewable Natural Resources and the Environment. Over the years, the USDA has had a special relationship with Purdue University on research projects. The report revealed that between 2015 and 2020 there would be an average of 57,900 job openings each year in the fields related to food and agriculture for graduates with bachelor degrees or higher. Estimates are that there will be only 35,400 college graduates with degrees applicable to the job openings – only 61 percent. The unfilled jobs will go to people…

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