Food Business News - August 7, 2018 - 14
ASSOCIATED MILK PRODUCERS INC.
NEW ULM, MINN. - Associated Milk Producers Inc. (A.M.P.I.) is recalling some dry
whey powder sold in 50-lb and 25-kg
bags that was produced at the company's
Blair, Wis., manufacturing plant. The
ingredient may be contaminated with
Salmonella and may be the source of
recent recalls initiated by the Campbell
Soup Co., Mondelez International, Inc.
and Flowers Foods Inc.
"All products shipped into the marketplace tested negative for Salmonella as
part of A.M.P.I.'s routine testing program," the company said. "However, because additional product tested positive
for Salmonella under A.M.P.I.'s routine
test and hold procedures, the company
is recalling product as a precautionary
measure. A.M.P.I. has ceased production at its Blair, Wis., dry whey plant, is
currently investigating the cause for the
positive samples and will take all necessary remedial actions."
Lots subject to recall were produced
at the Blair plant May 1-5, 2018, May 2429, June 2-5, and June 7-14, according to
Scott Gottlieb, M.D., commissioner of
the Food and Drug Administration, said
more recalls associated with the ingredient
CAMPBELL SOUP CO. AND MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL
A.M.P.I. recalls ingredient linked
to Salmonella contamination
The Campbell Soup Co. and
Mondelez International, Inc.
both initiated recalls due
to their use of the recalled
may be initiated in the coming days.
"We are also aware that our partners
at the U.S. Department of Agriculture
are working with Pinnacle Foods Inc. on
a public health alert regarding certain
Hungry Man products that may also contain this ingredient," he said. "It's early in
our investigation, and to date there have
been no cases of illnesses associated with
any of these recalled products. I want to
reinforce that, at this time, this is a cautionary step, and we appreciate that these
companies are taking these measures."
On July 21, Mondelez International,
East Hanover, N.J., recalled some Ritz
Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits due to
potential Salmonella contamination. On
July 23, the Campbell Soup Co., Norwalk, Conn., recalled 3.3 million units
of Pepperidge Goldfish crackers due to
"These recalls are being initiated
because of a potential risk, and out of an
abundance of caution," Dr. Gottlieb said.
"We are investigating this potential risk
and closely monitoring whether there
are any reported cases of food related
illness associated with any of these
US Foods to acquire SGA's Food Group
of Companies for $1.8 billion
ROSEMONT, ILL. - US Foods Holding Corp.
has entered into an agreement to acquire
SGA's Food Group of Companies for $1.8
billion in cash.
Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., SGA's
Food Group of Companies operates as
five separate entities: Food Services of
America, Inc. (F.S.A.); Systems Services
of America, Inc. (S.S.A.); Amerifresh,
Inc.; Ameristar Meats, Inc.; and GAMPAC Express, Inc. The combined companies serve approximately 33,000 customers, operate 12 distribution centers
and own more than 20 private brands.
SGA had 2017 net sales of $3.2 billion
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and employs approximately 3,400.
The F.S.A. operating company is one
of the largest regional broadline distribution companies in the United States, US
Foods said. It serves 16 states in the West
and Midwest from nine distribution centers, and 40% of its net sales base comes
from serving independent restaurants.
F.S.A. accounts for 75% of SGA's net sales.
S.S.A. is a multi-unit distribution
food service company that distributes to
casual and fast-casual dining establishments as well as regional and national
quick-service restaurant chains. S.S.A.
provides 21% of SGA's net sales.
Amerifresh, Inc. offers produce
sourcing and marketing capabilities and
makes up 2% of SGA's net sales.
Ameristar Meats, Inc. provides
custom meat products, including 18 beef
programs to meet customer specifications. Ameristar accounts for 1% of SGA's
GAMPAC Express, Inc. is a supply
chain planning and logistics company
that provides 1% of SGA's net sales.
As a result of the acquisition, US
Foods said it expects to achieve approximately $55 million in annual run-rate cost
synergies by the end of fiscal 2022. FBN
August 7, 2018