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June 19, 2001 | From Associated Press
Gerber is changing the packaging of some of its baby food. Gone are the single-serving glass jars used since the 1940s to package applesauce, bananas and pears. Now those three products will come in cube-shaped plastic containers, Gerber Products Co. officials were to announce today. The new containers will come in four-packs and have plastic lids that snap on and off with a foil seal to prevent tampering.
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April 6, 1990 | From Associated Press
A Gerber research plant is retooling to resume production for a market of one: a profoundly allergic 15-year-old boy who cannot live without a special baby formula the company stopped making five years ago. For a few days this month, one quarter of the production space at the Gerber Products Co. research center in Fremont, Mich., will be devoted to making MBF, a formula that only Raymond Dunn Jr. needs and which Gerber is providing free.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2000 |
Gerber Products Co. said it is launching a line of powders, oils and other toiletries for infants and toddlers, a move that pits the king of baby food against baby-care products giant Johnson & Johnson. In all, Summit, N.J.-based Gerber has developed 14 new baby products, including shampoos, diaper rash ointment and vitamin drops. They include an apple-banana-flavored tooth and gum cleaner and a lavender-scented baby wash.
BUSINESS
July 7, 1987
Gerber Products Co., Fremont, Mich., named Carl G. Smith acting CEO to replace Leo D. Goulet, who died Sunday.
BUSINESS
October 4, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gerber Recalls Pacifiers: The action involves about 10 million pacifiers that could cause choking because the nipple can break off. No injuries have been reported, Gerber Products Co. said in a news release. NUK Orthodontic Pacifiers made between July 1, 1993, and June 30, 1994, are being recalled. No other Gerber pacifiers or products are involved. Date codes on the back of packages range from 070193 to 063094.
BUSINESS
July 2, 1990 | From United Press International
Baby Food Burns: Gerber Products Co. was sued in Los Angeles Superior Court in a case alleging strict liability, negligence and breach of warranty. Chrislee V. Gedeon, who filed the case, says that when she heated two jars of beef and carrot baby food, the jars appeared stable and were not bubbling or boiling. As soon as she put a plastic spoon in one of the jars, "the contents exploded all over plaintiffs' face, neck, back and chest," causing severe burns, the suit says.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2000 |
Gerber Products Co. said it is launching a line of powders, oils and other toiletries for infants and toddlers, a move that pits the king of baby food against baby-care products giant Johnson & Johnson. In all, Summit, N.J.-based Gerber has developed 14 new baby products, including shampoos, diaper rash ointment and vitamin drops. They include an apple-banana-flavored tooth and gum cleaner and a lavender-scented baby wash.
BUSINESS
January 14, 1999 | Bloomberg News
Gerber Products Co., the largest U.S. maker of baby food, didn't conspire with other manufacturers to fix prices, a federal appeals court in Philadelphia has ruled. The U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision to throw out a class-action lawsuit filed by wholesalers and supermarket chains alleging executives of Gerber, Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Co.'s baby food unit and other baby food makers exchanged information about price increases before making them public.
BUSINESS
January 14, 1999 | Bloomberg News
Gerber Products Co., the largest U.S. maker of baby food, didn't conspire with other manufacturers to fix prices, a federal appeals court in Philadelphia has ruled. The U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision to throw out a class-action lawsuit filed by wholesalers and supermarket chains alleging executives of Gerber, Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Co.'s baby food unit and other baby food makers exchanged information about price increases before making them public.
BUSINESS
June 26, 1996 | From Associated Press
Gerber Products Co., the dominant maker of baby foods in America, will stop adding starch and sugar to most of its main products in an effort to grab a bigger chunk of the health-conscious-parents market. Gerber said the move, to be formally announced today, is unrelated to criticisms by a consumer advocacy group that the company diluted its baby foods with water, sugar and chemically modified starch and deceived the public about the foods' nutritional value.
BUSINESS
October 4, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gerber Recalls Pacifiers: The action involves about 10 million pacifiers that could cause choking because the nipple can break off. No injuries have been reported, Gerber Products Co. said in a news release. NUK Orthodontic Pacifiers made between July 1, 1993, and June 30, 1994, are being recalled. No other Gerber pacifiers or products are involved. Date codes on the back of packages range from 070193 to 063094.
BUSINESS
May 24, 1994 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Baby food giant Gerber Products Co., whose foods have been a staple in American parents' cupboards for nearly 70 years, agreed Monday to be acquired by Swiss pharmaceuticals conglomerate Sandoz Corp. for $3.7 billion in cash. The deal would allow Gerber, which claims more than 70% of the large but stagnant U.S. baby food market, to seek faster growth overseas through Sandoz's international network of subsidiaries and distributors. Sandoz, in turn, would acquire a well-known U.S.
BUSINESS
December 26, 1992 | MARY GUTHRIE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The company that invented baby food is having a harder time selling it these days. Gerber Products Co., the company that brought the first strained peas onto the market in 1927, has lost market share to second- and third-place competitors since implementing a price increase last September that wasn't initially matched.
BUSINESS
June 26, 1996 | From Associated Press
Gerber Products Co., the dominant maker of baby foods in America, will stop adding starch and sugar to most of its main products in an effort to grab a bigger chunk of the health-conscious-parents market. Gerber said the move, to be formally announced today, is unrelated to criticisms by a consumer advocacy group that the company diluted its baby foods with water, sugar and chemically modified starch and deceived the public about the foods' nutritional value.
BUSINESS
May 27, 1991 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Babies may be babies the world around, but in Japan, they eat "rice with young sardines." In the Philippines, they go for "strained mango." And in the pastoral farmlands Down Under, Aussie tots eat "lamb stock stew." Those culinary quirks are just a few of the cultural nuances Gerber Products Co. has had to master in launching an aggressive drive into the Pacific Rim. The Michigan-based firm, which dominates the U.S.
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