Posted Monday, January 24, 2005 9:07 AM | Contributed by supermandl
In a two-year deal announced Monday, the packaged food company and theme park giant Six Flags Inc. said ConAgra will be the national food sponsor for Six Flags' 28 U.S. parks. ConAgra will hawk its Armour hot dogs and Hunt's ketchup, and kids and parents stepping up for a salty snack will be eating Orville Redenbacher popcorn.
Read more from AP via The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Does this also mean that there will be a price spike due to a actual retail name behind the food?
From a food broker stand point, Sysco will now distribute products under the Con Agra umbrella. The biggest products that you, park patrons see, is hot dogs. SF wil still sell a boat load of them. They also sell Rich's pizza shells, French's mustard, and Lamb Wesson frozen fries.
It is a good move for SF, as it continues to standardize their food costs, which at one times were very different from, say SF Magic Mountain, and Geauga Lake. Does it take some of the individualtiy out of the parks? Yes. Does it help the bottom line in budgets? Yes.
Does it make you, the consumer, appreciate eating all that 'individual' food at Kennywood, Knoebels, Morey's Piers, Universal Florida? Yes.
No one no where would know where meat is coming from, except the box marked Sysco 100% beef. If you kids are going to play on the internet with people who do this for a living, do it right.
Just because there may be a recall here or there due to (for lack of better term) an "industrial accident" (i.e. broken conveyor leads to rubber in the food; worn out roller leads to metal shavings, etc.) doesn't mean the safety/sanitary precautions aren't in place.
My dad works for Kraft Foods (yeah, I know it's not ConAgra, but it's still a huge food giant, and I imagine ConAgra wouldn't be too much different). Ever since I was little, he'd come home with stories (not every day or every week.. but occasionally) of some MINOR incident that happened, and say how he might be working overtime to make up for the food that had to get thrown away because such-and-such happened (like metal shavings, malfunctioning measurement machinery leading to too much of an ingredient, unknown sources of bacterial infection, etc.) Actually, I remember one time they shut down the whole department for a week because there were traces of some bacteria found around a floor drain that was within the legal-to-stay-in-production limits, but was beyond their own, internal limits. Until they could find the source of the infection and correct it, they shut down to prevent the possibility of any kind of infection. It was a floor drain for crying out loud! (Of course, they ran the line 7 days a week for like a month to make up for the lost production once they corrected the problem, but still :) ). I remember once or twice he mentioned about needing to work overtime because there was a recall on some production code (I forget the reason, or even exactly what product). My point? Kraft Foods is definitely about the make-as-much-as-you-can-as-fast-as-you-can mentality, but there are tons of safety measures and proper handling/processing of the food. I'm sure there's a lot I don't even know about because I don't work there - I just hear what my dad tells me.
Edit: Grammar*** This post was edited by dannerman 1/24/2005 10:39:31 PM ***
I do know alot about ConAgra, as I used to live in a town where one of their processing plants were, and my brother worked there. ConAgra is no worse than any other food industry business, simply put. If the workers in the plant (and I knew quite a few) still buy the stuff in the stores and direct from the company its self, it can't be as bad as what has been said.
Is it slander to say what dude said? No, as Tim pointed out, it'd be libel.
Is the company going to do anything about it? Not unless Major, err, I ment Agent Johnson runs and tattles, if even then. Jeesh, lighten up.
Though even ConAgra (last I checked) sold meat that they claimed was Kosher. Plenty of Orthodox Jews I know don't consider their "Kosher" meat to be Kosher, but at least they have a product that meets someone's Kosher standards (I do not think their products meet the really strict standards many Orthodox Jews adhere to though).
Anyway, back on topic: I don't really see this as a big deal, as Cedar Fair and Six Flags have their own soft drink contracts anyway. Its just cross-promotion.
My only question is about Cedar Fair and the Knott's name, since Knott's is a ConAgra brand. Does ConAgra own the brand, or Cedar Fair?
*** This post was edited by Jazma 1/25/2005 2:47:05 PM ***
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