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Julia Sirois joins Mondelēz Canada

Screen Shot 2020-03-30 at 5.52.42 PMJulie Sirois is moving to Mondelēz Canada.

After 17 years with PepsiCo Foods Canada, Sirois is joining the cookie and cracker maker as vice-president of sales, and as such, becomes a member of the company’s management team.

While at PepsiCo Foods Canada, Sirois marked many career milestones, including becoming the company’s first female zone sales leader for Eastern Canada and being named one of Canadian Grocer‘s Star Women in Grocery Award winners in 2018.

“We are very pleased to welcome Julie to our leadership team, especially amid these challenging times,” said Mondelēz president Martin Parent, in a press release. “Our global ambition is to ‘Empower People to Snack Right’ and Julie will be instrumental in helping us achieve that by building a winning, growth culture across our teams with a focus of becoming our customers’ snacking company of choice.”

Originally published at Canadian Grocer. 


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Food companies temporarily boost employee pay during COVID-19 outbreak

Some of Canada’s food processors joined other companies in increasing pay for hourly staff working hard to ensure the country’s food supply remains strong during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In this global crisis, we are compelled to look beyond our business and do what we can to support the many dedicated people who continue to deliver the critical services we depends on,” said Maple Leafs Foods Inc. CEO Michael McCain in a statement.

The food processor announced Monday it would start paying its hourly employees at production and distribution facilities an extra $80 per week. That bonus is in addition to regular and overtime pay.

The bonus comes as Maple Leaf also announced $2 million to support emergency food relief efforts and $2.5 million for a new fund to provide personal support to front-line health providers.

Cargill Ltd., a Winnipeg-based merchandiser and processor that employs more than 8,000 people in the country, will also dole out additional pay.

Cargill will pay an extra $2 per hour, with a bonus of $500 to employees who complete weekly shifts over eight consecutive weeks, starting Monday, said United Food and Commercial Workers Locals 175 and 633 in a statement. The two chapters represent more than 70,000 employees in sectors including grocery retail and industrial food preparation.

“Workers in food manufacturing are key at this time to maintaining the food supply chain,” said Shawn Hanger, president of UFCW Local 175, in a statement.

The employees at these two manufacturers’ facilities “have been under stressful conditions during this crisis and these measures will go a long way to providing security for them.”

Both manufacturers have also made improvements to employee safety while working, the union said, including banning visitors and providing more space to improve social distancing.

The two locals continue to reach out to all employers of the members it represents “to have them compensate employees properly, provide pay security for those that need to be off work, and enact stringent health and safety protocols for everyone’s safety.”

Mondelez Canada – a Toronto-based snack manufacturer that makes products from brands including Cadbury, Maynards and Triscuit – announced Monday a premium pay program for Canadian employees.

Workers will see their pay increase by $2 hour or $125 per week, depending on how the employee is paid, until April 30, according to a statement. The program includes workers who make, ship or sell the company’s goods.

The company employs 2,600 workers.

Manufacturers aren’t alone in raising wages for those in the food industry working to help keep Canadians fed as many other businesses shut down.

On the weekend, Loblaw executive chairman Galen Weston said his company was temporarily increasing compensation for its store and distribution centre employees by approximately 15 per cent retroactive to March 8.

Sobeys and Safeway Canada have also announced a temporary program that will see employees receive an additional $50 a week, plus those working more than 20 hours a week will receive an extra $2 an hour for all hours over 20, retroactive to March 8.

 


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Mondelez buys majority stake in Canadian maker of two bite brownies Give & Go

Screen Shot 2020-02-25 at 10.16.36 AMMondelez International says it has signed a deal to buy a significant majority interest in Toronto-based Give & Go Prepared Foods Corp., maker of baked goods such as two-bite brownies.

Illinois-based Mondelez – maker of Oreo, Triscuit and Chips Ahoy! brands – is acquiring the stake in the privately held Give & Go from funds affiliated with Thomas H. Lee Partners, LP.

Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Founded in 1989, Give & Go’s management team will maintain a minority interest in the company.

In addition to its two-bite brownies, Give & Go’s brands include Create-A-Treat, Mason St. Bakehouse and the Worthy Crumb Pastry Co.

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“Give & Go’s leading position in the large and fast-growing in-store bakery channel gives us a unique opportunity to expand into new, on-trend consumer spaces,” Glen Walter, executive vice-president and president, North America, for Mondelez International, said in a statement.

“Similar to our recent acquisitions of Perfect Snacks and Tate’s Bake Shop, this is yet another great example of our bolt-on acquisition strategy to establish foundations in faster growing snacking adjacencies.”


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Mondelez report dives into the ‘State of Snacking’ 

Global snacking is on the rise as more consumers opt for snacks over meals to fulfill evolving needs, and that is helping lead the future of food.

Screen Shot 2019-11-20 at 11.14.40 AMAccording to Mondelēz International’s first-ever State of Snacking report, six in 10 adults worldwide (59%) said they prefer to eat many small meals throughout the day, as opposed to a few larger ones, with younger consumers especially leaning into snacks over meals as that number rises to seven in 10 among millennials (70%).

State of Snacking is a global consumer trends study examining the role snacking plays across the world in meeting consumers’ evolving needs: busy modern lifestyles, the growing desire for community connection and a more holistic sense of wellbeing. It reveals the rise of global snacking, underscored by regional parallels demonstrating how snacks are helping lead the future of food by delivering on the spectrum of needs that exists in our day-to-day lives.

The report, developed in partnership with consumer polling specialist, The Harris Poll, complements Mondelēz’s global snacking knowledge estate with new research conducted among thousands of consumers across 12 countries, according to the company.

Key findings from the report include:

THE RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD IS FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGING.

  • People are more commonly considering how smaller bites/snacks effect their emotional wellbeing, as well as their physical health.
  • For more than eight in 10 people, convenience (87%) and quality (85%) are among the top factors impacting snack choice.
  • 80% of consumers are looking for healthy, balanced bites, while 71 of adults say snacking helps them control their hunger and manage their calories throughout the day.

MOMENTS OF INDULGENCE CONTINUE TO HAVE A ROLE IN DAILY ROUTINES.

  • 80% of adults acknowledge the need for balance by appreciating the option of both healthy and indulgent snacks depending on the moment of need.
  • 77% of consumers agree there is a time and a place for a healthy snack, and a time and a place for an indulgent one.
  • The majority of people say snacks are just as important to their mental (71%) and emotional (70%) wellbeing as their physical wellbeing.

SNACKING IS ABOUT SO MUCH MORE THAN WHAT WE EAT.

  • 71% said snacking is a way to remind themselves of home.
  • Seven in 10 adults make an effort to share their favorite childhood snacks with others (70%).
  • Around the world, more than eight in 10 parents use snack time as a small way to connect with their children (82%).
  • 76% of parents use snacks to pass cultural snacking rituals on to their children.
  • More than three out of four parents (78%) say the snacks they choose for their children reflect who they are as a parent.

“As the snacking market continues to grow globally, we’re living our purpose to empower people to snack right by constantly learning about the many different ways consumers around the world are snacking and evolving their relationship with food,” said Dirk Van de Put, chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International. “We see that the average global adult now eats more snacks than meals on a given day, driven by a number of evolving demands largely associated with how we live today, including a growing need for convenience, yearning to share nostalgic and cultural experiences, expanded wellbeing preferences and the desire for choices that range from wholesome to indulgent.”

Screen Shot 2019-11-20 at 11.14.21 AMMondelēz launches the State of Snacking report a year after it announced a new business strategy and purpose. Over the last year, the company made strong progress on its mission to offer consumers the right snack, for the right moment, made the right way. This includes developing an ever-deeper knowledge estate of the demands that motivate people to reach for snacks while continuing to meet people’s more holistic understanding of wellbeing by focusing on sustainably sourced essential ingredients, evolving its product portfolio to a broader range of options and inspiring mindful snacking habits.

“We embrace the fact that snacking habits around the world are as diverse as the consumers who enjoy them,” continued Van de Put. “However people snack, they should not have to choose between snacking and eating right, or to worry about the impact their choices have on the world and their communities. That’s why we’re committed to empowering people to snack right.”

The State of Snacking report is available here.

Originally published at Convenience Store News. 

 


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