Food manufacturers

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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Anderson seeking new Nestle production line

August 17, 2012
Associated Press
Leaders of a central Indiana city are trying to persuade Nestle to pick it for a new production line at an existing plant that could add about 100 jobs.
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Dog treat startup wins challengeRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Self-proclaimed “foodie” Sherri Campbell knew she was onto something when she started making frozen treats for her three dogs, but even she didn’t expect to win the inaugural Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge.
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Baby food maker adding 150 jobs in Lebanon

June 21, 2012
Skjodt-Barrett Contract Packaging said it plans to add the jobs by the end of September, about a year earlier than expected, due to increased demand for its products. The company has 100 employees.
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Red Gold benefits from consumers' thrifty waysRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
Dan Human
Since the recession hit, consumers looking to save a few bucks have embraced canned produce—a trend that has kept Madison County tomato processor Red Gold in the black.
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Turkey processor moving ahead with Indiana plant

June 8, 2012
Associated Press
Work could start this month on a new turkey processing plant in southwestern Indiana a company expects to open with about 350 workers.
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E&A buttered by $125M sale of Udi's to Smart Balance

June 1, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis investment firm E&A Industries is cashing out of its majority stake in Udi’s Healthy Foods LLC by selling the Denver-based food company to margarine maker Smart Balance Inc. for $125 million.
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Really Cool Foods plant on auction block

June 1, 2012
Scott Olson
Really Cool Foods closed the 78,000-square-foot facility in November and is searching for a buyer to help repay creditors. One potential suitor is Sugar Creek Packing Co. of Ohio, which has offered $13 million, according to a bankruptcy filing.
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Indianapolis margarine plant planning $44 million upgrade

May 11, 2012
 IBJ Staff
ConAgra Packaged Foods LLC is seeking city tax incentives as part of a $44 million plan to upgrade its plant on the northwest side of Indianapolis and retain 392 workers.
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Hostess says jobs of 856 Indiana workers in danger

May 9, 2012
Scott Olson
The Irving, Tex.-based company said the job cuts could occur in July if it does not find a buyer or emerge from bankruptcy. About 340 workers would be affected at five Indianapolis plants.
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Startup wants to make pouring beer from the top passeRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Mason King
GrinOn_WatchVideoJosh Springer has moved to Indianapolis his company that designs and sells draft beer dispensers that fill specially designed cups from the bottom up, speeding the process and cutting down on foam.
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Law change allows entrepreneurs to market homemade foodRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Sam Stall
Many Indiana home-based food businesses owe their existence to a law enacted in 2009 that allows them to sell certain types of foods at farmers’ markets and their own roadside stands with minimal state oversight.
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N.K. Hurst's unsexy beans fill bottom shelf, bottom lineRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Sam Stall
N.K. Hurst Co. Inc. sells roughly 20 million packages of dried beans and bean soup mixes a year, from the West McCarty Street packaging plant it has operated since 1938. It has only about 50 employees, but its products are ubiquitous in the grocery industry.
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Flavor-maker under siege fights back in courtRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Greg Andrews
Locally based Sensient Flavors LLC is fighting back with a fury in federal court, following months of intense federal and state scrutiny of the health risks at its Indianapolis plant.
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Turkey processor to hire up to 600 for new Vincennes plant

December 22, 2011
Huntingburg-based Farbest Foods Inc. said it will invest $69 million to build a 220,000-square-foot facility.
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Entrepreneurs aim to deliver custom beverages

December 9, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
uFlavor_WatchVideoMad scientists, rejoice: An Indianapolis startup is rolling out a make-your-own-soft-drink campaign its founders hope will become the YouTube of the beverage industry. They left Thursday night on a 6,000-mile promotional tour.
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Food company closing in Indiana has unpaid bills

December 1, 2011
Associated Press
An organic food company that is closing its eastern Indiana preparation center was offered up to $3.5 million in state tax credits to open its plant, but it owes more than $31,000 in property taxes and sewer bills.
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Organic food company closes in Cambridge City

November 28, 2011
Really Cool Foods, which once planned to have 1,000 workers in eastern Indiana, ceased operations Monday, costing 131 employees their jobs.
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Rise of pouch packaging to lift new Lebanon plantRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Toronto-based Skjodt-Barrett Contract Packaging opened its first U.S. plant in Lebanon to meet demand from major consumer brands for baby food and fruit snacks in flexible pouches.
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Fledgling doughnut maker Virginia Kay's calls it quits

November 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Virginia Kay's, a year-old Indianapolis-based doughnut manufacturer that opened a cafe at 2402 N. Meridian St. in September, has gone out of business.
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Heartland Sweeteners plans $10M upgrade to Indy plant

October 31, 2011
J.K. Wall
Heartland Sweeteners LLC plans to spend nearly $10 million to upgrade its Indianapolis plant and potentially boost its work force there by 39 employees in the next five years.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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