CPA Annual Meeting Feb 21-24 touts big CPG names, great games
A "winning edge" theme permeates the overall agenda of the Contract Packaging Association (CPA) 2013 Annual Meeting, February 21-24, 2013, at the Waldorf Astoria, Naples, FL (pictured). The agenda is designed with knowledge-building sessions, networking with top executives, and meeting time with suppliers to the contract packaging industry. Two highlights:
• Keynote presentation by Steve Baker, vice president of Great Game of Business, Springfield, MO. The presentation promises to impart insights and tools relating to Open-Book Management" and Great Game of Business methods for efficient, profitable operation and employee involvement.
• Town Hall Meeting with ConAgra Foods and Florida's Natural Growers. This interactive event will foster knowledge on CPG companies' co-packing strategies that enhance efficiency and profitability. Moderators are: ConAgra Foods' Jon Heussner, director of operations/business; Florida's Natural Growers' Mike McGee, senior contract packaging manager, and CPA board member and software CEO Jason Tham of Nulogy.
Want more information? Read a more in-depth version of this story, here. View CPA’s full agenda here… visit CPA’s event webpage for full details or contact CPA's Mary Von Qualen via email or phone: (630) 544-5053.
Speaking of ConAgra: Ralcorp acquisition a response to sluggish branded products
“We expect growth in private label food to continue to outpace growth in branded food.”
With this statement in a story carried by U.S. News and World Report, ConAgra CEO Gary Rodkin made it clear that private label food will continue its onslaught on store brands. From the Jolly Green Giant on down to the Keebler Elves, national food labels are feeling the tremors of a seismic shift in the grocery aisles.
In a fast-moving trend that shows no sign of letting up, a mix of economic and demographic factors are driving ever more consumers into the arms of retailer-owned brands. Smartly packaged and sophisticated, these lines are worlds away from their “generic” or copycat predecessors. Grocery receipts tell the tale: store brands raked in a whopping $90 billion in revenue for 2011 alone, and over the past five years grew at six percent versus two percent. That is triple the rate of their nationally branded counterparts, according to a recent report by market forecaster Rabobank.
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Saddle Creek Logistics adds a new facility in Birmingham, AL
Saddle Creek Logistics Services, Lakeland, FL, is expanding its nationwide network with a new, now-open facility in Birmingham, AL, the company announced today. The new space is dedicated to helping an existing customer, a wine logistics company, better control its transportation costs. The new facility will allow the customer to move its operations from Atlanta to the new Birmingham, AL. Operations will be housed in a 225,000-square-foot facility with food-grade, climate-controlled space and rail service. The distribution center will be fully operational by Feb. 1. "By relocating their distribution center, we can help them to better control inbound freight costs,” Tom Patterson, Saddle Creek senior vice president of warehouse operations, said.
Nulogy adds supply chain expert to board
Nulogy, the Toronto-based developer of software for contract packaging and supply chain operations, today announced the addition of Art Mesher (pictured), to its board of directors.
Mesher is "one of the foremost leaders in supply chain technology,” Jason Tham, Nulogy’s CEO, said in an announcement, adding that his participation will help enhance corporate governance, global growth and customer service. Mesher is currently chairman and CEO of Descartes Systems (NASDAQ: DSGX), whose pioneering on-demand logistics network serves truck, air, and ocean transportation. He is also chairman of the Core Group a developer of Core Recreational Complex and Elite Athlete Performance Centre in Kitchener, Waterloo, Ontario. His experience spans experience since the 1980s as a developer of technology to automate freight processes for Vocam Systems, which was later sold to Pitney Bowes. Subsequently, he was President of Advanced Logistics Research, where he helped companies develop and deploy emerging technology-based supply chain strategies; and launched the Integrated Logistics Strategies Services practice at technology research and consulting firm Gartner Inc. Additionally, he was selected as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' (CSCMP) 2008 Distinguished Service Award recipient.