Food manufacturers

Crunching the numbers on Obamacare

March 30, 2013
J.K. Wall
The biggest changes from President Obama’s 2010 health reform law take effect nine months from now, so many Hoosier employers have started crunching detailed numbers to cost out their options.
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Indiana corn dog maker with 87 workers closing

March 29, 2013
Associated Press
A company founded more than 50 years ago as Al Pete Meats is closing its doors, ending 87 jobs.
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Meat distributor plans plant, 80 jobs in Hancock County

March 13, 2013
Chicago-based Peer Foods Group Inc., a meat producer and distributor, said Wednesday that it plans to create 80 jobs by 2014 as part of a $5.5 million expansion into Hancock County.
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New microbrewer embraces history of near-east-side headquarters

February 23, 2013
Cory Schouten
A bottling house, which is all that's left of a brewing campus closed by Prohibition, will be home to two partners' startup this spring.
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UPDATE: Sensient to cut 125 jobs due to Chicago move

February 14, 2013
Sensient Technologies Corp. has alerted state officials that it will lay off 125 workers from its Indianapolis operations. That follows the company's announcement that it plans to move its local Flavors & Fragrances Group headquarters to suburban Chicago.
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Sun King brewery lands tax breaks for expansion

January 16, 2013
Scott Olson
The downtown brewery plans to spend $2.1 million on additional equipment and add 20 jobs by 2016 in exchange for a tax abatement from the city.
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Foul odor spurs Oliver Winery hard-cider lawsuit

January 15, 2013
Scott Olson
The Bloomington-based winery claims in a federal lawsuit that it was forced to recall its hard apple cider due to defective cans provided by Ball Metal Beverage Container Corp.
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Sensient settles over use of 'popcorn lung' chemical

December 26, 2012
Scott Olson
The locally based flavor maker has agreed to reduce its usage of diacetyl, which had prompted fines from the state. The deal significantly reduces the amount of the penalty—from $325,500 to $99,000.
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Yogurt bares all, but container is recyclableRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Company descended from Ball Corp. making recyclable glass packaging for product typically found in plastic.
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Indiana county giving $50 million boost to food company

December 6, 2012
Associated Press
The Wayne County Council on Wednesday approved a $50 million bond issue as part of Sugar Creek Packing Co.'s plans to expand and refurbish the former Really Cool Foods plant near Cambridge City.
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Manufacturer of pet supplies adding 80 jobs in Indiana

December 4, 2012
Rockville-based Scott Pet Products Inc. announced Tuesday morning that it plans to relocate its manufacturing and distribution operations in Tishomingo, Okla., to Newport in western Indiana, creating up to 80 jobs by 2014.
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Hostess, union unsuccessful in court-ordered mediation

November 20, 2012
Associated Press
The maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs said late Tuesday that it failed to reach an agreement with its second-biggest union. As a result, Hostess plans to continue with a hearing on Wednesday in which a bankruptcy court judge will decide if the company can close its operations.
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Hope for Hostess? Judge pushes sides into mediation

November 19, 2012
Bloomberg News
Hostess Brands Inc. will hold talks with its bakery workers’ union on Tuesday to explore the reasons for a strike that the maker of Twinkies and Wonder bread said will force it to liquidate.
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Twinkies likely to survive sale of Hostess

November 19, 2012
Associated Press
Other companies are interested in bidding for at least pieces of Hostess because of the high brand recognition and $2.5 billion in annual revenue. Twinkies alone have brought in $68 million in revenue so far this year.
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Hostess to close all plants, fire thousands of workers

November 16, 2012
Dan Human, Bloomberg News
Hostess Brands Inc. said Friday it will close all of its plants, leading to the loss of hundreds of jobs in Indiana and thousands more nationwide. The company employs 288 in Indianapolis.
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Hostess says liquidation decision expected Friday

November 15, 2012
Associated Press
Hostess Brands said it likely won't make an announcement until Friday morning on whether it will move to liquidate its business, after the company had set a Thursday deadline for striking employees to return to work.
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Hostess: Firm to liquidate unless workers return Thursday

November 14, 2012
Dan Human
The maker of Wonder bread and Twinkies said it doesn't have the financial resources to survive the ongoing strike by the bakers' union.
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Hostess plant closings so far spare Indy, Columbus

November 13, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The maker of Wonder bread and Twinkies said it is permanently closing plants in Cincinnati, Seattle and St. Louis. The company has about 875 workers in Indiana, about half of them members of the striking bakers' union.
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Hostess mulling Indiana plant closures after walkout

November 12, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
A Hostess spokesman said the company is debating whether it will close its Indiana plants after workers went on strike on Friday. Hostess employs about 875 workers in Indiana, including 288 in Indianapolis.
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Diamond Foods closing Fishers plant with 100 employees

October 30, 2012
Scott Olson
The maker of snack foods such as Pop Secret popcorn and Emerald nuts said it will close its Fishers plant, which it purchased in 2006 from Harmony Foods Corp., on Jan. 31.
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Hostess to cut wages for Indiana bakers in labor deal

October 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Twinkies and Wonderbread, has received the go-ahead from a U.S. bankruptcy court judge to lower wages for thousands of bakery workers, affecting more than 400 employees in Indiana.
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Sun King brewing another round of growthRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Greg Andrews
After just three years in business, Sun King finds itself the second-largest brewer in Indiana, behind only Three Floyds Brewing Co. in Munster, which produces about 23,000 barrels and also is growing quickly.
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Hoosier Momma growing sales, ambitionsRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Seller of Bloody Mary mix adds new concoctions, broadens distribution to seven states.
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Food manufacturer plans $28.5M project, 400 jobs in Indiana

September 10, 2012
Scott Olson
An Ohio-based food manufacturer announced Monday morning that it plans to spend $28.5 million to expand a vacant food plant in eastern Indiana, creating up to 400 jobs by 2016. The plant was formerly used by Really Cool Foods.
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Local distillers produce Indiana sorghum spirit

August 18, 2012
Ellen Kobe
Two central Indiana entrepreneurs are making a new spirit from an old crop—supplied largely by an Amish farmer who doesn’t drink alcohol. The product is Sorgrhum, a distilled liquor made from the syrup of sweet sorghum, a stalk-like grain used as a sweetener before sugar cane became widely available.
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