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Got Bimbo?

Touch the Soil News #541 (feature photo courtesy of Alx 91 CC 2.0) Grupo Bimbo, from Mexico, is the world’s largest baking company. In the U.S., it owns the popular brands of Entenmann’s, Sara Lee and Thomas. Bimbo’s is one of the top advertising sponsors of major soccer teams around the globe. With almost 130,000 employees worldwide, the company is #986 of Forbes Global 1000 companies. However, when you are big, you have big investors with big appetites. From the Bimbo 2015 annual report, here is their position: “For shareholders and debtholders who entrust us with their capital, we create value through dividends, interest payments and capital gains that accrue…

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The Wild Side of Buffalo Wild Wings

Touch the Soil News #469 (Feature Photo – Jon Ridinger CC 3.0) What does Buffalo Wild Wings (a restaurant chain) have to do with urban farming or raising your own food? On the surface, maybe not much. However, like other larger food-chain enterprises it is an entity engulfed in a financial fever (greed and fear of not achieving stockholder expectations). So far, the lesson has been that greed and fear puts food and employees at risk. For two out of the last three years the company has had 20 percent plus growth in earnings. The year 2015 was almost flat. Now company executives are scrambling to get their earnings back…

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