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Kellogs to Close London Plant

DockPotato Dec 10, 2013 01:24 PM

http://www.lfpress.com/2013/12/10/hun...

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    dejongacres Dec 11, 2013 02:24 PM

    It would be nice if companies were invested enough in the local economy and workforce to find creative ways to either change their product line or processes to maintain a viable business. We all have to look ahead to the next best thing and look at where trends are going. I doubt that there is that much of a decline in breakfast cereal consumption. What product gets a whole isle in the grocery store other than cereal?

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      magic Dec 11, 2013 06:52 PM

      Corporations are rarely that creative, caring, or flexible it seems.

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        evansl Dec 14, 2013 07:16 AM

        You must approve of them closing their plant. Kellog is a US Michigan company and should stop employing people in foreign countries like Canada. They should obviously and do all there food production in Battlecreek Michigan, where they belong.

        Now if only the US car companies would do the same, right?

      2. Kagemusha Dec 11, 2013 01:08 PM

        Michigan is a "right-to-work" state. Coincidence?

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        1. re: Kagemusha
          DockPotato Dec 11, 2013 03:47 PM

          C'mon Poppi, "food and factory" often work well together.

          Finance and Marketing... not so much.

          1. re: DockPotato
            PoppiYYZ Dec 11, 2013 04:35 PM

            Ha ha,

            How about recipes with the words can or package in them...

            1. re: PoppiYYZ
              DockPotato Dec 11, 2013 06:28 PM

              Tomato juice, linguini,other pastas, orange juice, coconut milk, salt, pepper, anchovies, tomato paste... - Poppi, my fingers are tired and sore.

              Oh, one more - Sriracha.

              I also hate and avoid the "processed" taste from additives and questionable enhancers, but, I own up to it. Many of my staples are on my shelf.

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              jayt90 Dec 11, 2013 04:56 PM

              M

          2. PoppiYYZ Dec 11, 2013 11:52 AM

            If it was because everyone is eating less processed food, it might be a good thing. Never found the words food and factory went well together.

            That said, sincere condolences to those losing their jobs.

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              sandiasingh Dec 11, 2013 11:56 AM

              You and me both, Poppi.

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                magic Dec 11, 2013 06:51 PM

                Agreed as well, of course.

              2. re: PoppiYYZ
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                evansl Dec 14, 2013 07:24 AM

                Thanks. I never realized that cornflakes are threat to world health before.

                1. re: evansl
                  PoppiYYZ Dec 14, 2013 05:15 PM

                  Eat a big bowl for breakfast before you go get your next blood check. Seriously.

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                Flexitarian Dec 11, 2013 05:53 AM

                Sale of breakfast cereal declining sounds like a great sound bite to explain the closure, but it likely has more to do with consolidating manufacturing in order to stabilize or increase profits.

                At the same time though, Kellogg is a public company and is owned by many mutual funds and the same people that may be complaining about the plant closure are likely also people who have their investments in mutual funds that own this stock and want to see their investments rise over time.

                Can't have it both ways!

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                1. re: Flexitarian
                  prima Dec 11, 2013 06:08 AM

                  Only people who keep money under their mattresses should have an opinion about the loss of manufacturing jobs or unemployment in Ontario?

                  With all due respect, I don't think things are quite as black and white as you seem to suggest. Owning or not owning stock has nothing to do with the right to complain when Heinz and Kellogg's shut down plants in Ontario.

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                    Flexitarian Dec 11, 2013 06:16 AM

                    Of course everyone has a right to complain. I am merely pointing out that there are two sides to the coin and one that many friends I talk to say, when I point it out "Oh I didn't think of that. Good point!"

                  2. re: Flexitarian
                    sandiasingh Dec 11, 2013 06:21 AM

                    Here's another report on declining cereal sales.

                    http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two...

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                      magic Dec 11, 2013 10:35 AM

                      Interesting read.

                      True, lots of people seem to get their breakfast (if they make time for it at all) from Starbucks, Tim Horton’s, and so on. That would play a role in decreased sales as well one would think. Throw in the fact that these same consumers don't want to feed their kids these products and one can understand at least some of the factors at play.

                      I still love Corn Pops (the Canadian recipe, not crazy about the U.S. version). And Froot Loops. And other Kellogg's offerings but I certainly buy far less than I used to as Kellogg's uses BHT in their cereal packaging and I believe some iffy food colourings. It bothers me that they haven't done anything about that. Not just them, other corporations as well.

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                        dejongacres Dec 11, 2013 02:26 PM

                        Lol, love fruit loops but concerned about iffy food colouring? Sorry I had to smile.
                        I like it when companies come up with alternatives instead of saying, Nobody is eating cornflakes so we are going to close.

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                          magic Dec 11, 2013 06:50 PM

                          Colouring agents that are not good for one's health.

                          Of course that's concerning.

                          Food colouring is in a lot of packaged cereals, not just the colourful ones.

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                    magic Dec 10, 2013 02:17 PM

                    Jeez.

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                    1. re: magic
                      sandiasingh Dec 10, 2013 02:41 PM

                      I don't have the citations at hand, but I have been reading that breakfast cereal sales overall are down. Millennials are tired of Cheerios and granola bars. Maybe kimchee for breakfast?

                      1. re: sandiasingh
                        prima Dec 10, 2013 05:35 PM

                        Kellogg's is also closing an Australian snack plant, while expanding their plant in Thailand.

                        While people are eating less cereal, I'd think the cost of energy, labour and Bill 91 might also have something to do with the closure.
                        http://m.theglobeandmail.com/report-o...

                        1. re: prima
                          DockPotato Dec 10, 2013 06:36 PM

                          Prima, you cite no specifics on Bill 91. Please expand.

                    2. sandiasingh Dec 10, 2013 01:39 PM

                      Very interesting.

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