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January 5, 1995 | From Associated Press
In an effort to make its industry-leading food operations more competitive, Philip Morris Cos. is consolidating its Kraft and General Foods businesses beneath the Kraft Foods banner in the United States and Canada. The restructuring announced Wednesday eliminates a layer of management and should facilitate decision-making involving a kitchen full of brands including Maxwell House coffee, Oscar Mayer meats and Jell-O desserts.
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BUSINESS
July 26, 1988 | JESUS SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
Ailing foods and restaurant giant Pillsbury Co. on Monday snared the top executive of rival General Foods Corp. for its new chairman, but the selection was met with a lukewarm response from industry analysts. Philip L. Smith, 54, chairman and a 22-year veteran of General Foods, will become chairman, president and chief executive of Pillsbury as the foods company struggles to turn around its packaged-foods business as well as its poorly performing Burger King fast-food chain.
BUSINESS
February 8, 1991 | Michael Flagg Times staff writer
Distribution Center: Grubb & Ellis Realty Fund paid $4.2 million for an 81,000-square-foot industrial building near Anaheim Stadium. The seller was a Los Angeles partnership called No. 1 K&M Partners. The building, on 5.3 acres at 1222 E. Howell Ave., is a distribution center for General Foods Corp., said the Seeley Co., which represented the seller.
NEWS
July 11, 1986
General Foods Corp. asked Jewel Food Stores in Chicago and Kroger stores in Detroit to remove certain Jell-O gelatin products from shelves after a caller claimed he had poisoned three boxes with cyanide. The anonymous male caller said he had put sodium cyanide in three 6-ounce boxes of sugar-free Jell-O and placed them on shelves in a Kroger store in the Detroit area and a Jewel store in the Chicago area, the company said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
General Foods Corp. will cut out a segment of a national television commercial that shows a man holding an infant while drinking a mug of steaming Maxwell House coffee. Norma C. Godin, an official of the National Burn Victim Foundation, complained to General Foods about the danger involved in the gesture. "I felt strongly that Maxwell House had an obligation not to show something so risky," said Godin. "Hot coffee is the most common hot liquid that would result in a burn to child."
NEWS
August 19, 1985
State Health Director Kenneth W. Kizer has urged consumers not to buy or eat Liederkranz cheese sold by General Foods Corp. after discovery by federal investigators of the same family of Listeria bacteria in the cheese that recently caused an epidemic in California. Federal Food and Drug Administration and General Foods officials said that all of the contaminated cheese--about 20,000 packages--was recovered from an Ohio plant where it was being processed and that none reached store shelves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1985 | Associated Press
General Foods Corp. said Friday that it has agreed to be taken over by Philip Morris Cos. Inc. for about $5.7 billion, to form the nation's biggest consumer products company. Under the agreement to undertake the largest non-oil acquisition in corporate history, the tobacco giant will buy all of General Foods' 47.3 million shares at $120 per share in cash. The merger is subject to the approval of both firms' boards of directors.
BUSINESS
September 21, 1985 | Associated Press
General Foods Corp., which has been the subject of takeover rumors for months, said Friday that its board of directors has adopted several anti-takeover measures, but it declined to give any specifics. Asked if the company has received any specific bids, spokesman Thomas McCann, refused to comment, citing company policy. General Foods, which is based in Rye Brook, N.Y.
BUSINESS
February 8, 1991 | Michael Flagg Times staff writer
Distribution Center: Grubb & Ellis Realty Fund paid $4.2 million for an 81,000-square-foot industrial building near Anaheim Stadium. The seller was a Los Angeles partnership called No. 1 K&M Partners. The building, on 5.3 acres at 1222 E. Howell Ave., is a distribution center for General Foods Corp., said the Seeley Co., which represented the seller.
BUSINESS
July 24, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
In a food-and-beverage-industry version of the domino theory, a high-level executive change at Philip Morris Cos.' General Foods division has led to similar changes at Kraft General Foods, as well as Pepsico Inc. and its Kentucky Fried Chicken Corp. subsidiary. Miles L. Marsh, who served as president of General Foods USA, will move to Whitman Corp. Sept. 1 as president and chief operating officer, according to the company.
BUSINESS
July 26, 1988 | JESUS SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
Ailing foods and restaurant giant Pillsbury Co. on Monday snared the top executive of rival General Foods Corp. for its new chairman, but the selection was met with a lukewarm response from industry analysts. Philip L. Smith, 54, chairman and a 22-year veteran of General Foods, will become chairman, president and chief executive of Pillsbury as the foods company struggles to turn around its packaged-foods business as well as its poorly performing Burger King fast-food chain.
BUSINESS
February 12, 1985 | Associated Press
James L. Ferguson, as chairman and chief executive, presided over a recent five-year overhaul of the giant General Foods Corp. that included making major acquisitions, selling off units, launching new products and reformulating old ones. Momentous changes like that bring tensions that often encourage frenetic behavior in executives--rushing around overseeing all the details, barking orders and pounding fists, the latter two of which would be daunting indeed from a man the size of Ferguson.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
General Foods Corp. will cut out a segment of a national television commercial that shows a man holding an infant while drinking a mug of steaming Maxwell House coffee. Norma C. Godin, an official of the National Burn Victim Foundation, complained to General Foods about the danger involved in the gesture. "I felt strongly that Maxwell House had an obligation not to show something so risky," said Godin. "Hot coffee is the most common hot liquid that would result in a burn to child."
NEWS
July 11, 1986
General Foods Corp. asked Jewel Food Stores in Chicago and Kroger stores in Detroit to remove certain Jell-O gelatin products from shelves after a caller claimed he had poisoned three boxes with cyanide. The anonymous male caller said he had put sodium cyanide in three 6-ounce boxes of sugar-free Jell-O and placed them on shelves in a Kroger store in the Detroit area and a Jewel store in the Chicago area, the company said.
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