CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1988
Southern California meat cutters overwhelmingly approved a new contract with seven major supermarket chains, averting the possibility of a strike during the holidays. Nearly 92% of the workers who cast ballots Wednesday approved the agreement, according to results released Thursday in Los Angeles by the United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents the 8,000 meat cutters.
November 14, 1988 |
As union officials representing 8,000 meat cutters counted ballots Sunday night, they predicted that their rank and file would overwhelmingly reject a contract offer intended to avert a strike at seven of the Southland's largest supermarket chains. "We've received an offer that is totally unacceptable," said Bob Bleiweiss, spokesman for United Food and Commercial Workers Locals 905 and 1036. He said the contract offer surprised union officials "because we thought we were making progress."
July 6, 1990 |
In another sign of increasing Japanese investment in the U.S. beef business, a Tokyo-based chain of family restaurants has purchased Best Western Food Inc., a Los Angeles meat processor, a company spokeswoman said Thursday. Kyotaru Co. bought Best Western for a reported $41.26 million. What it gets from the deal is a guaranteed supply of U.S. beef--a product that is increasingly popular with Japanese consumers, beef industry sources said. "The Japanese know that, with consumption on the rise . .
August 20, 1993 |
Federal food safety officials allowed an Omaha slaughter plant to operate for years despite a history of rat infestation and feces-contaminated meat, according to an Agriculture Department investigation. "The system collapsed," Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy said Thursday as he released the report that he had ordered from the department's Office of Inspector General. The report criticized the Cornhusker Packing Co.
July 29, 1991 |
Nobody really needs to remind beef producers that they have an image problem. But they recently got a swift kick in the rump roast, anyhow, and they paid dearly for it. An $800,000 study funded by the $62-billion industry urged beef companies to work together to reverse the slide in sales and try to recapture the huge portion of the market that has gone to lower-priced, better-marketed poultry.
October 29, 2004 |
Mary Nash lives in a two-story, 100-year-old house about 45 miles southeast of the Dallas suburb where the Breeders' Cup -- the richest card in horse racing -- will be run in front of a crowd of 51,000 on Saturday. Nash also lives less than a mile from Dallas Crown Inc., a Belgian-owned slaughterhouse that kills about 15,000 horses a year and exports their meat to Europe. In France, "cheval" is frequently found on restaurant menus.
March 28, 1989 |
Farmland Foods Inc. has assumed control of a Wichita, Kan., pork processing plant that was previously owned by Safeway Stores Inc. Farmland Foods purchased the plant as part of a continuing effort to concentrate its activities in "more value-added products than in production of raw pork," said Gary Evans, president of the Kansas City-based Farmland Foods.
May 25, 1988 |
Ask Missourians what California is famous for and chances are they'll say hickory-smoked, sugar-cured, country hams--not Hollywood, the Golden Gate Bridge, sunshine and beaches or Yosemite. That's because California, a small town in the heart of the "Show Me" state, is home of one of the biggest country ham processing plants in the nation. At the south end of this sleepy little farm center, is Burgers' Ozark County Cured Hams.
February 23, 1993 |
The search for the source of tainted hamburger patties sold by Jack in the Box restaurants has been narrowed to Los Angeles-based Service Packing Co. and its suppliers, according to preliminary evidence collected by the federal Centers for Disease Control. The hamburgers, contaminated with E. coli bacteria from animal feces, produced an outbreak of food poisoning primarily in the Pacific Northwest that has led to at least three deaths and hundreds of illnesses.
July 29, 1991 |
On the ramrod-straight, 400-mile stretch of Interstate 5 that connects the Bay Area and Los Angeles, little exists to break the tedium of the flat, seemingly endless Central Valley farmland. About midway between the metropolises, however, one sight has given many a speeding urbanite pause: The Harris Ranch feedlot, which appears from afar to be a vast, teeming sea of black, brown and white but on closer inspection (by eye or nose) reveals itself as a motley community of 80,000 or so cattle.