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Campbell Soup closing Sacramento plant cutting 700 jobs
mercurynews.com ^ | 9/27/12 | Candice Choi and Michelle Chapman

Posted on 09/27/2012 6:08:22 PM PDT by Justaham

Campbell Soup is closing two U.S. plants and cutting more than 700 jobs as it looks to trim costs amid declining consumption of its canned soups.

The world's largest soup maker said Thursday that it will close its plant in Sacramento that has about 700 full-time workers. The plant, which makes soups, sauces and beverages, was built in 1947 and is the company's oldest in the country. That also means it has the highest production costs of Campbell's four U.S. soup plants.

Campbell also plans to shutter a spice plant in South Plainfield, N.J. that has 27 employees. Production will be shifted to the company's other spice plant in Milwaukee.

Employees at the two closing plants were notified that there would be a meeting at 6 a.m. local time Thursday; about 400 workers showed up in California, where they were told of the closure.

"It's always difficult, even when there's a business case that is compelling," said Anthony Sanzio, a Campbell spokesman. "You're dealing with people, and this is going to impact 700 employees who've worked together closely for many years."

CEO Denise Morrison, who was been on the job for about a year, was not present at the meeting.

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: campbellsoup; jobloses; jobs; obamanomics; recovery; unemployment
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To: Tucker39

According to that article, Campbell has stopped using the fetus ingredient.


51 posted on 09/27/2012 7:33:46 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Justaham
Campbell Soup is closing two U.S. plants and cutting more than 700 jobs as it looks to trim costs amid declining consumption of its canned soups.

This may or may not be true, but what I do know is that many factors have not been discussed or even mentioned.

First is the parsing of the announcement: falling demand for canned soups (as opposed to other type of containers.)
The chief a*****e in the California Legislature, something Steinberg, interpreted that for us as reduced demand for soup, generally. Why the distinction? Because Campbell's is either building or upgrading a new facility in another state! Why not California?

What kind of taxes is Campbell's paying in the Sacramento area? Is the local labor pool unionized? Are the labor pools in Texas and South Carolina non-union?
If Campbell's is building more modern facilities in other states, there must be something about California they don't like.

I am sure that the Sac Bee and the other MSM in the area have no interest in asking questions to clear that up.

52 posted on 09/27/2012 7:38:09 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Justaham.

People are dodging salt, and more to the point, don’t eat / serve as much soup either at home or restaurants.


53 posted on 09/27/2012 7:41:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Grams A

Too funny!!!!!

I can’t understand for the life of me why anyone risk their reputation and fortune by ruining a good thing. Apparently, they didn’t learn much from the failed ‘new and improved’ Coca Cola fiasco.


54 posted on 09/27/2012 7:42:23 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Tuanedge

So so true. I do the same thing.


55 posted on 09/27/2012 7:51:51 PM PDT by Justaham
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To: Justaham
I never buy canned soup for anything. Everything is cooked to mush and salted to kill the taste.

I buy some chicken and vegetables and make my own low fat soup stock. After making my own the canned stuff makes me gag.

56 posted on 09/27/2012 7:52:08 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change

Thank you. It’s so easy to make soup why does anyone buy the canned stuff?!


57 posted on 09/27/2012 7:54:00 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Justaham

Actual MUSHROOMS in it, hello :^)


58 posted on 09/27/2012 8:01:02 PM PDT by Tuanedge (The Buffalo hates the Tiger, but the Tiger loves the Buffalo.)
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To: Revolting cat!
I don't know but home made is cheaper and better. I usually have a container of stock in the freezer to pop in the microwave to make cook rice or beans in or just season it well for a cup of hot broth to drink with toast or crackers.

For tomato soup I dice peeled tomatoes and cook them slowly before adding some cream or milk. Then just before taking it off the I add some fresh pureed tomatoes and let it set a few minutes.
I find this gives it more of a tomato taste.

59 posted on 09/27/2012 8:07:35 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: workerbee
"Yeah.... maybe in 1985. You can't even buy generic soups under a buck, unless they're on sale, for the past 3-5 years."

No we could get them fairly regularly (Cambells as well as non-name brands) for 50 cents a can (not all just tomato and vegetable and such) but lately All soups are a buck a can or more.

But our area is usually well below others for food prices but that seems to be ending now.

Same with canned vegetables and canned corn. We could get them for 35 cents a can fairly regularly till about the beginning of the year now you are lucky to find any for 50 cents a can and usually 75 cents or more.

60 posted on 09/27/2012 8:10:17 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
I used to buy the pre-made Campbell's tomato soup in the plastic jars. Perfectly made.

At the grocery today I noticed they don't make that any more. Too bad.

Nothing like the original served with a grilled cheese sandwich.

If I wanted "low sodium", or "low fat" tomato soup, I'd make it myself.

Kinda reminds me of King Vitaman cereal when it went "low sugar". For the kids, you know.

Screw that! If I want a pale imitation of the real thing, I'd buy Uncle Sam constipation flakes.

61 posted on 09/27/2012 8:20:32 PM PDT by boop (It's not personal...it's strictly business)
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To: workerbee
More like three gazillion.

For me, they buckled under the left wing fascist and cut the salt in their products and then it sucked.

My favorite was bean with bacon and a grilled cheese.

62 posted on 09/27/2012 8:23:37 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useful idiots.)
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To: Iron Munro

Last time I looked a can of chicken noodle was close to $1.50 in my area.


63 posted on 09/27/2012 8:24:54 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useful idiots.)
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To: workerbee; Tucker39

>> Gotta say, that sounds very urban-legendy. Got any links?

You should already be familiar with this depraved science.

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64 posted on 09/27/2012 8:31:55 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
I am now looking for a good substitute.

Homemade tomato soup! Get some ripe tomatoes, chop some onions, saute in butter, add tomatoes and seasoning, cook well, put through a strainer, add (whole) milk and heat gently. Mmmm mmmm good.

Add a grilled cheese sandwich (made with BUTTERED Wonder Bread and Velveeta cheese slices) and you've got a meal!

65 posted on 09/27/2012 8:43:38 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

CORRECTION: Campbells SAY they stopped using the ghoulish ingredient.

I don’t believe it for a minute. If they had no compunctions about such a practice in the first place; and since they stonewalled and rope-a-doped through numerous attempts by these people to TALK to them about it; then as far as I’m concerned they can go pound sand. They can SAY they stopped it, and continue saying it until they turn blue and fall over! I won’t believe them no matter WHAT they say! And it would appear from the plant closures I;m not the only one who feels that way!

There are SOME things that are beyond the pale, and that’s one of them. What do they do with the rest of the aborted children; make lampshades and soap out of them? Where do we draw the line? If only Campbells soup will satisfy you, then slurp it down; but not me. I’ll just suffer along with my unadulterated Progresso.


66 posted on 09/27/2012 9:00:51 PM PDT by Tucker39 (O)
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To: thecodont

Before you close up that sandwich, take 3 slices of Oscar Mayer turkey bacon, wrap paper towels around them and lay them out flat on a plate, nuke them for about 90 seconds or until crisp, and stick them in your sandwich. Now yer talkin’.

(I use turkey bacon because I’m “watchin’ my figger,”)


67 posted on 09/27/2012 9:06:45 PM PDT by Tucker39 (O)
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To: publius911
There is a newer Campbell's facility in Dixon, CA, about thirty miles or so from Sacramento (but more miles than that from the old Campbell's Soup plant in Sac).

I'm not sure what they do at the place in Dixon, but it would be a bit easier to get trucks into (one has to drive through city traffic a bit to get to the Sacramento location, where the Dixon plant is outside of a much smaller town) particularly doubles loaded with tomatoes, and the Dixon plant would be closer to present-day fields, too.

There have long been large quantities of "Roma" tomatoes grown in the area with the majority of those going for tomato ketchup. That season has just about ended.

The Dixon site is closer to the produce coming from Salinas, too. I've delivered some loads (broccoli & celery was it?) out of Salinas to the Sacramento Campbell's Soup, once or twice, a couple of years ago now, hauling a typical 53' reefer trailer.

If soup sales are down, I wonder what will happen with the Dixon plant. One might otherwise guess it could be due for expansion (it looks like it has plenty of room for that). Who knows, they may build something additional to take up some of what the Sacramento location has been handling? That, and whatever dehydration processing they chose to do themselves, along the lines of more modern product(?) rather than buy a processed product from others. One thing for certain, trucking costs are a big factor. Water-based product is heavy. When hauling "fresh" produce, it's mainly water, in a sense. Which all adds up to heavy freight cost both in, and out.

Hmmm, I didn't pay close enough attention to the Dixon site when driving by a few times... but there IS a rail line crossing just a few hundred yards down the road. I'm not sure if that's the mainline SP rails, or if it's something of a siding. I do know that just East of there a couple of miles, the Coast Starlight and the more local commuter trains run through (on the SP rails) a couple of miles or so South of Interstate 80 (which skirts Dixon on the North side, for the most part).

Perhaps the trucking issues are part of the problem? Too expensive, for a product which historically relied on low cost and volume sales. I don't *think* train cars still run to the old Sacramento plant...but I do seem to recall some old rails there...
Times change. The fields that once sold their product to the old Sac plant, are now covered in houses, some of them anyway.

68 posted on 09/27/2012 9:09:01 PM PDT by BlueDragon (going to change my name to "Nobody" then run for elective office)
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To: BlueDragon; publius911

Thank you for your post.

I’m reminded of Silicon Valley, which still had patches of farmland in the mid 1990s (remember Olson’s Cherry Orchard?), and about 20 years earlier, all the farmland and greenhouses in Fremont/Newark. Now that area is covered with housing developments and industrial parks.


69 posted on 09/27/2012 9:14:54 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Seems like all the companies that make packaged food of any kind are touting the low sodium, low fat, low taste line. Was there an order by FDA, USDA or Moochelle that made this happen? There aren’t even any choices any more. It’s buy their particular product or forget it.

Why would they all do it?


70 posted on 09/27/2012 9:25:34 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: SevenofNine

That best part especially if you are sick with cold or flu.”

Chicken broth really is good for what ails you as well as for your soul. Not sure why but it truly works.

Story is that all good Jewish mothers always had spare chicken broth in the freezer.


71 posted on 09/27/2012 9:28:46 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: BlueDragon
Slight correction;

I was mixed up about the rail lines. On the East side of Dixon, where the newer Campbells is, the tracks are closer to the Interstate. It's on the WEST side, that they are a couple of miles S of the Interstate. That line crosses under the Interstate in Davis, fairly near the 10 year old "Mondavi" Performing Arts Center on the edge of the UC Davis Campus.

Creaky old Magrit Mondavi was just on the front page of the local paper a couple of days ago, celebrating ten years since her and her husband gave large donations to build it --- getting schmoozed by UC types, including Katehi --- who in other recent news just signed off on giving $30,000 pay-outs to the students who got pepper-sprayed last year. What an expensive fiasco... (hey, it's a food product, you could put it on your burrito, hehhehheh...)

72 posted on 09/27/2012 9:29:54 PM PDT by BlueDragon (going to change my name to "Nobody" then run for elective office)
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To: thecodont
Do you remember the old Nut Tree (Vacaville, near the freeway) before today's comparably monstrous shopping mall? The old place had some charm.

They still have a small ride-on train for the kiddies, but what was once a road stop for passing dignitaries is now just another place one can spend their money on stuff they may or may not need. Lot's of clothing stores catering to women who have money to spend...

73 posted on 09/27/2012 9:48:18 PM PDT by BlueDragon (going to change my name to "Nobody" then run for elective office)
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To: Beaten Valve; Justaham

Campbell’s Sales fall 8% After Boycott for Muslim Brotherhood-Linked Collaboration

________________________________________________________

You’re a big Campbell’s supporter eh?

I say good riddance!

Sales fall 8% After Boycott for Muslim Brotherhood-Linked

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2011/02/victory-campbells-sales-fall-8-after-boycott-for-muslim-brotherhood-linked-collaboration.html

Collaboration Campbell’s Soup catering to Islam

http://www.wnd.com/2010/10/212457/


74 posted on 09/27/2012 10:15:58 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: publius911

Campbell’s Sales fall 8% After Boycott for Muslim Brotherhood-Linked Collaboration

Sales fall 8% After Boycott for Muslim Brotherhood-Linked

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2011/02/victory-campbells-sales-fall-8-after-boycott-for-muslim-brotherhood-linked-collaboration.html

Collaboration Campbell’s Soup catering to Islam

http://www.wnd.com/2010/10/212457/


75 posted on 09/27/2012 10:20:28 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: BlueDragon
I loved the old Nut Tree! My parents took us there when we were kids. It's hard to believe but Queen Elizabeth actually visited this "truck stop." I remember the nice restaurant, the train, and the airport.
76 posted on 09/27/2012 10:26:38 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Justaham

I only buy Campbells Chunky Soup. Does anybody know do these plants make the Chunky brand.

Just another victim in the Øbama economy.


77 posted on 09/28/2012 2:55:16 AM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Tucker39

No need to get upset at me about this.
I only mentioned what was in the article. I wasn’t set out to contradict you. It was more of a “heads up”. I do agree with you that them saying they stopped doesn’t mean they actually did. It’s not as if we can look at the ingredient list to find the removed ingredient. I don’t recall seeing any cans saying “New and improved - 100% fetus free!”

I used to buy campbells only when it was on sale. Then I stopped when I learned they processed the food according to muslim standards.

I now buy Knorr dehydrated soups. At the moment I’m not aware of anything incorrect with them. I got hooked on their soup when the first time I used it the house smelled of mushrooms. The mushrooms even looked and tasted like mushrooms. Brought back memories of grandma’s cooking.

Oh and I do buy Progresso soups when on sale. Now let’s talk GMO.


78 posted on 09/28/2012 5:53:23 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: count-your-change
I don't know but home made is cheaper and better.

LOL! I was thinking the same thing. Stock is easy to make with a crock pot, and the 'cream' part is a 5 minute process by making a thin white cream sauce.

I honestly think the last can of Campbell's soup I bought, they'd used rubber chicken!

Blech!

79 posted on 09/28/2012 5:53:40 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as Created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: Grams A

I actually prefer the low sodium products.
This gives me the opportunity to use the more nutritious sea salt.

I bring my own salt to restaurants. Won’t use their table salt because it has no iodine.


80 posted on 09/28/2012 6:09:12 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Justaham

Meanwhile, their plant is right-to-work Texas is running just fine...


81 posted on 09/28/2012 6:12:42 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Charlie Daniels - Payback Time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWwTJj_nosI)
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To: Justaham

Good job democraps! Keep up the good work! Maybe you should raise the taxes on the business’s and people who work! Yea, that’s the ticket!


82 posted on 09/28/2012 6:21:41 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: MamaTexan
I cringe at the sight of these canned, powdered and condensed “soup”. Campbells and all would go out of business depending on me.
83 posted on 09/28/2012 6:46:33 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: PapaBear3625

Campbell’s Sales fall 8% After Boycott for Muslim Brotherhood-Linked Collaboration

Sales fall 8% After Boycott for Muslim Brotherhood-Linked

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2011/02/victory-campbells-sales-fall-8-after-boycott-for-muslim-brotherhood-linked-collaboration.html

Collaboration Campbell’s Soup catering to Islam

http://www.wnd.com/2010/10/212457/


84 posted on 09/28/2012 8:28:51 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Tuanedge

Ha ha ha, true true. I often find myself paying finder’s fee in looking for the mushrooms with Campbell soup.


85 posted on 09/28/2012 11:28:45 AM PDT by Justaham
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To: Grams A

Oh yeah that best part we really don’t know what secret why chicken broth is good for your when you are ill


86 posted on 09/28/2012 11:36:25 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Baynative
A can of cream of mushroom over some past and you've got a great $2.00 meal.

Been awhile since you've been shopping? Campbell's Cream of Mushroom is $1.89 at Vons. You can get pasta for $1, however.

87 posted on 09/28/2012 2:59:24 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Osama's dead... and so is our ambassador - Coulter.)
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