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March 6, 2011 | Times news services
Some types of Skippy peanut butter have been recalled by Unilever United States, Inc. A recall notification was posted Friday on their website for some of its 16.3-ounce plastic jars of Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread. The release said the jars may be contaminated with salmonella. The jars were sent to stores in in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
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August 12, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Pinnacle Foods Inc., owner of brands such as Hungry Man dinners and Duncan Hines baking mixes, is buying the Wish-Bone salad dressing brands from Unilever for $580 million. The deal, funded by cash and new debt, comes as Unilever readjusts its priorities to beauty and health goods from food products. In January, the company, which is based in the Netherlands and Britain, sold its Skippy peanut butter brand to Spam maker Hormel Foods for $700 million. Now Pinnacle, which is based in Parsippany, N.J., will take on Wish-Bone as well as the Western brand of dressings.
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NEWS
January 3, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Skippy, meet Spam. Hormel Foods, the maker of Spam canned ham, is buying the brand Skippy peanut butter from consumer products giant Unilever for about $700 million. The move comes as Austin, Minn.-based Hormel is beefing up (heh) its portfolio of meats such as Farmer John sausage and Jennie-O turkey and boosting its presence overseas, according to a Los Angeles Times report . The sale includes Skippy factories in Little Rock, Ark., and Shandong Province in China , CNN says . Hormel Chief Executive Jeffrey M. Ettinger told analysts in a conference call that he expected Skippy to become one of the company's biggest brands.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Several officials at the now-defunct Peanut Corp. of America knew their products may have harbored salmonella bacteria, but they covered up the evidence and sold the food anyway, alleged a 76-count federal indictment unsealed this week. Peanut butter, roasted peanuts and other items prepared at PCA's Blakely, Ga. plant were linked to a 2009 salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 700 people across 46 states and may have contributed to nine deaths. One of the largest food-based recalls in history resulted, affecting thousands of products made since 2007, including cookies, cereal and even pet treats, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
BUSINESS
January 3, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Lunch meat purveyor Hormel Foods is making a run at the supermarket's middle aisles, buying the Skippy peanut butter brand for about $700 million. The Austin, Minn., company, also known for its Spam canned ham, is acquiring Skippy from Unilever's U.S. operation, which also owns brands such as Vaseline and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Hormel, whose main strength is its domestic sales of Jennie-O, Farmer John and other lunch meats, is trying to expand its portfolio of products and boost its presence overseas.
HOME & GARDEN
June 16, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Erma Bombeck, who had a pretty good way with words, once noted of her father: "He opened the jar of pickles when no one else could. He was the only one in the house who wasn't afraid to go into the basement by himself. He cut himself shaving, but no one kissed it or got excited about it. It was understood when it rained, he got the car and brought it around to the door. When anyone was sick, he went out to get the prescription filled. He took lots of pictures ... but he was never in them.
NEWS
June 4, 1987 | GERALD FARIS, Times Staff Writer
The people at the animal shelter in Hawthorne are used to housing more than dogs and cats. A few years ago, they had three young timber wolves that state game authorities had confiscated from a man who was trying to sell them. "We've had a six-foot alligator that was found in a drainage pipe in Torrance," recalled shelter supervisor Douglas Buck. And ferrets, those small, weasel-like creatures, have been frequent guests. Then there was the Australian wallaby who hangs out in a Cadillac.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Pinnacle Foods Inc., owner of brands such as Hungry Man dinners and Duncan Hines baking mixes, is buying the Wish-Bone salad dressing brands from Unilever for $580 million. The deal, funded by cash and new debt, comes as Unilever readjusts its priorities to beauty and health goods from food products. In January, the company, which is based in the Netherlands and Britain, sold its Skippy peanut butter brand to Spam maker Hormel Foods for $700 million. Now Pinnacle, which is based in Parsippany, N.J., will take on Wish-Bone as well as the Western brand of dressings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1989 | AMY LOUISE KAZMIN and PSYCHE PASCUAL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An Arleta family whose 2-year-old mixed German shepherd, Skippy, was reportedly shot to death by a postman made preparations Thursday for an elaborate funeral that will include a silk-lined casket, graveside ceremony and headstone at a pet cemetery in Calabasas. The funeral is slated for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. As a U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1990 | PHILIPP GOLLNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Pacoima postman was convicted Wednesday of cruelty to animals for shooting a dog to death while delivering mail on his Arleta route in December, saying the dog had bitten him earlier. Floyd Bertran Sterling, 34, pleaded no contest to the felony charge in San Fernando Municipal Court after the Los Angeles County district attorney's office agreed to drop felony charges of carrying a concealed weapon and using a firearm in a grossly negligent manner, Deputy Dist. Atty. David R. Lopez said.
BUSINESS
January 3, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Lunch meat purveyor Hormel Foods is making a run at the supermarket's middle aisles, buying the Skippy peanut butter brand for about $700 million. The Austin, Minn., company, also known for its Spam canned ham, is acquiring Skippy from Unilever's U.S. operation, which also owns brands such as Vaseline and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Hormel, whose main strength is its domestic sales of Jennie-O, Farmer John and other lunch meats, is trying to expand its portfolio of products and boost its presence overseas.
NEWS
January 3, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Skippy, meet Spam. Hormel Foods, the maker of Spam canned ham, is buying the brand Skippy peanut butter from consumer products giant Unilever for about $700 million. The move comes as Austin, Minn.-based Hormel is beefing up (heh) its portfolio of meats such as Farmer John sausage and Jennie-O turkey and boosting its presence overseas, according to a Los Angeles Times report . The sale includes Skippy factories in Little Rock, Ark., and Shandong Province in China , CNN says . Hormel Chief Executive Jeffrey M. Ettinger told analysts in a conference call that he expected Skippy to become one of the company's biggest brands.
NEWS
December 22, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
One definition of geekdom is being fascinated by things that other people don't give a second thought to. To my mind that's a great virtue, not a shortcoming. And a new book by local author Jon Krampner is nothing but virtuous. “Creamy and Crunchy” is an in-depth look at peanut butter. How could you possibly find enough to write about peanut butter, you might well ask. It turns out, the only surprising thing is that no one has done it before (well, food historian Andrew Smith did do a book on peanuts, and is amply credited)
HOME & GARDEN
June 16, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Erma Bombeck, who had a pretty good way with words, once noted of her father: "He opened the jar of pickles when no one else could. He was the only one in the house who wasn't afraid to go into the basement by himself. He cut himself shaving, but no one kissed it or got excited about it. It was understood when it rained, he got the car and brought it around to the door. When anyone was sick, he went out to get the prescription filled. He took lots of pictures ... but he was never in them.
NEWS
March 2, 2012
Parenting: In a column in the Feb. 28 Section A about the challenge parents face in letting go when children leave home, Jill Fields was misquoted as saying, in reference to a summer she spent as a teenager in the 1970s visiting Watts, "The most exciting time was one night when somebody had a gun. " What she said was that there was "excitement one night when somebody had a gun. " Fields did not see a gun and did not personally consider the news...
NEWS
March 7, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Batches of two yummy snacks -- Skippy Reduced Fat Peanut Butter and hazelnuts sold by distributor DeFranco & Sons of Los Angeles -- were recalled late last week because they might cause food poisoning. Routine sampling of the peanut butter revealed that some jars might be contaminated with salmonella. No illnesses from the peanut butter had been reported as of Friday, according to the Food and Drug Administration. But by Saturday, seven people had been sickened by eating hazelnuts contaminated with E. coli . Both salmonella and E. Coli can cause diarrhea and abdominal cramps in healthy people.
NEWS
March 2, 2012
Parenting: In a column in the Feb. 28 Section A about the challenge parents face in letting go when children leave home, Jill Fields was misquoted as saying, in reference to a summer she spent as a teenager in the 1970s visiting Watts, "The most exciting time was one night when somebody had a gun. " What she said was that there was "excitement one night when somebody had a gun. " Fields did not see a gun and did not personally consider the news...
NEWS
December 22, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
One definition of geekdom is being fascinated by things that other people don't give a second thought to. To my mind that's a great virtue, not a shortcoming. And a new book by local author Jon Krampner is nothing but virtuous. “Creamy and Crunchy” is an in-depth look at peanut butter. How could you possibly find enough to write about peanut butter, you might well ask. It turns out, the only surprising thing is that no one has done it before (well, food historian Andrew Smith did do a book on peanuts, and is amply credited)
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December 25, 2010
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