August 22, 2003 |
The history of public health will record that lawsuits against tobacco companies played a leading role in the campaign against cigarettes and the diseases they cause. Does that mean that litigation against food companies will likewise be a major factor in reversing the alarming spread of obesity? Food companies are said to fear as much, but there are other options. Parallels between cigarettes and dangerously fattening foods have understandably caught the media's attention. More and more, press coverage of the obesity epidemic has focused on real or imagined litigation threats.
November 10, 2010 |
Harry J. Kearney Jr., 84, of Warminster, a food-industry executive, died of cancer Thursday, Nov. 4, at Abington Memorial Hospital. In 1962, he became sales manager for Thriftway Foods, a wholesale distributor. Later, when Thriftway merged with Fleming Cos., he was director of the firm's Shop 'n Bag supermarket division and vice president of development at Fleming. In 1996, Mr. Kearney spoke to guests at a dinner in his honor when he retired as a Fleming vice president. "I guarantee that if you get involved in your job with enthusiasm, doing and giving more than you are supposed to, you will soon be recognized and promoted into the inner circle of decision-making," he said.
June 12, 1996 |
You would think that inventing Fat-Free Entenmann's would be enough for one lifetime. But it is not for Gregory B. Murphy. Murphy, 47, a longtime executive in the food industry, will now try to help fix baseball. Yesterday, the former president of Kraft Foods' bakery division was named president and CEO of Major League Baseball Enterprises, a new entity designed to fast-forward the game into the modern era of sports marketing. "Major League Baseball Enterprises represents a bold attempt by Major League Baseball to strategically integrate its revenue producing entities for optimum growth," acting baseball commissioner Bud Selig said in a prepared statement announcing Murphy's hiring.
March 30, 2004 |
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill to ban so-called "frivolous" obesity lawsuits. But it's the bill - not the lawsuits - which is frivolous. If, as claimed, the basis of the bill is that all obesity lawsuits are inherently frivolous, then the bill is unnecessary because judges routinely toss out, and juries usually reject, truly frivolous lawsuits, and appellate court judges can easily reverse the few that survive. These suits - which seek to hold manufacturers liable despite the argument of personal responsibility - are no more frivolous than tobacco or other product liability lawsuits, especially in view of a recent poll showing that prospective jurors are almost as likely to vote for a fat plaintiff in a lawsuit against a fast-food company as for a smoking plaintiff in a suit against a tobacco company.
December 23, 1986 |
James F. Hutton, a retired ARA senior executive who spent a half-century in the food-contract business, died Sunday while visiting his daughter in Maine. He was 70 and lived in Gladwyne, Montgomery County. Hutton served on ARA's board of directors from 1961 through 1973, and in 1966 was awarded the Gold Plate Award of the International Food Service Manufacturers Association, the catering industry's highest honor. He played a major role in winning ARA food contracts for international Olympic competitions, beginning with the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico City, through the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, and the Summer Games in Los Angeles the following July.
May 11, 1988 |
Feast on fast-food burgers and fries, or snack on sprouts from a salad bar. Either way, you get a taste of this man's success. The way food is fixed in restaurants, the ads you see, which additives go into the groceries you buy - all come under his scrutiny. Gulp down a diet drink, sip your favorite fruit juice or indulge in a glass of wine. He has had his say in the labeling of each. He just may be the most influential man in the food industry. Or, more correctly, outside the food industry.
July 5, 2014 |
Bill Clark, the executive director of Philabundance, who has been credited as an innovator in the fight against hunger, announced his resignation from the agency Thursday. For 13 years, Clark, 61, ran the $50-million-a-year hunger-relief behemoth that is based in South Philadelphia and serves nine counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Philabundance moves 30 million pounds of food a year to 426 pantries in a region whose core is the poorest big city in America. Mark Bender, a member of the Philabundance board, was appointed interim executive director, according to a statement from Murvin Lackey, chairman of the board.
November 17, 1993 |
It was a real-life Horatio Alger story, a reach-for-the-stars, only-in- America tale of pluck and luck. And the press loved it. A dozen writers for business magazines and newspapers told the amazing tale of the hard-pressed suburban Philadelphia couple - parents of four beautiful kids - who in the winter of 1981 were down to their last $200. Instead of paying the electric or phone bills - both more than $200, anyway - the gutsy couple mixed and bottled $200 worth of mustard in their kitchen using an old family recipe.
January 17, 2012 |
William J. Spiegel, 85, formerly of Huntingdon Valley, owner and president of the company that developed tamper-resistant, heat-shrinkable plastic seals, died of lung cancer Sunday, Jan. 15, at Jupiter (Fla.) Medical Center. Mr. Spiegel grew up in South Philadelphia. His first job was working for his father, a wholesale furrier. In 1961, he and his younger brother, Jacob, started a firm, Gilbreth International. With $10,000 in borrowed money, they opened a tiny office in Germantown and began importing basic chemicals.
October 28, 2000 |
E. Everett Meschter, 82, retired president of a food consulting firm, died Wednesday at Normandy Farms Estates in Blue Bell. He moved to the retirement community several years ago after residing in Glenside for many years. Until his 1996 retirement, he was president of E. Everett Meschter Associates, a food-industry consulting firm he founded in 1971. He also was a consultant to major food and beverage companies and an adviser to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Agency for International Development.