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Dec 10, 2013 01:24 PM

Kellogs to Close London Plant

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      1. re: magic

        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

          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.

          1. re: prima

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

      2. 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

          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.

          1. re: prima

            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!"

            1. re: sandiasingh

              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.

              1. re: magic

                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.

                1. re: dejongacres

                  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.

          2. 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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              1. re: PoppiYYZ

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

                1. re: evansl

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

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

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                1. re: Kagemusha

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

                  Finance and Marketing... not so much.

                  1. re: DockPotato

                    Ha ha,

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

                    1. re: PoppiYYZ

                      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.