Menu Foods Leases Industrial Space In New Jersey

Menu Foods

Menu Foods has recently leased 130,000 square feet of industrial space in Camden, New Jersey. The company already has a plant nearby in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

We wonder what you’re up to Menu Foods.

Source: Philadelphia Business Journal

(Thanks Carol)

36 Responses to “Menu Foods Leases Industrial Space In New Jersey”

  1. menusux says:

    Here’s something else Menu Foods doesn’t want you to know. Until late 2005, Menu Foods sourced its wheat gluten from the US, purchasing it from MGP:

    http://www.thecityedition.com/.....Recall.pdf

    The City Edition of San Francisco May.June 2007
    Page 2

    “In late 2005, Menu Foods switched from the US-based MGP Ingredients and signed a 10 year contract with ChemNutra to take advantage of the lower-priced Asian imports.”

    That’s in direct conflict with the statements Henderson made at the General Meeting:

    http://www.menufoods.com/ir/do.....202007.pdf

    Menu General Meeting June 29, 2007
    Page 2

    “Wheat gluten has been in short supply, and, in 2006, feedback from our historic suppliers led us to conclude that we needed to add an additional supplier for this key ingredient.”

    Page 3

    “I want to be very clear here that we were not making demands on our suppliers to produce low price wheat gluten… We were more than willing to pay the going rate for what we thought was a product that met all our specifications.”

    Back on March 21, 2007, MGP had this to say:

    http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-.....&EDATE

    MGP Ingredients’ Wheat Gluten Not Linked to Major Pet Food Recall

    “Tim Newkirk, president and chief operating officer of MGP Ingredients, Inc., a leading U.S. producer of wheat gluten, today issued a statement
    emphasizing that the company has no link to the pet food recall involving
    Canadian-based Menu Foods.

    “Newkirk acknowledged that MGPI has done business with Menu Foods in the past, noting that the company’s last shipment of wheat gluten to Menu
    occurred over 18 months ago.”

    http://www.macleans.ca/busines.....326_104326

    Macleans-CA April 30, 2007

    “It was rumoured within the industry that Wal-Mart and Loblaw, eager to maintain their own margins in a competitive pricing environment, kept a lid on prices that squeezed Menu’s profits. Specifically, Menu was expected to
    deliver expensively made foil packs — now at the centre of the contamination controversy — at the same price as cans. “They definitely had to eat margins to a point they weren’t making any money selling to Wal-Mart,” says an industry insider who explains Menu couldn’t afford to lose the contracts because they provided
    credibility with potential customers.

    “At the end of 2005, Menu reported a loss of $54.6 million and suspended payments to its unit holders, blaming the decline in the value of the U.S. dollar.”

    And this was when MGP was dropped in favor of cheaper Chinese ingredients from ChemNutra. The newly-leased space has about 50,000 less square feet than the Pennsauken plant. Perhaps a move is in the offing with Menu selling its Pennsauken plant to someone who might care to responsibly produce pet food.

    Menu’s through, Mr. Henderson–those contracts to produce for customers don’t mean a thing if the end customers don’t buy the product. Going back to someone like MGP won’t help–had you stayed with them, none of this would ever have happened.

  2. Mrs. P. says:

    Wow, Menusux, what research! Everyone suffers because WalMart squeezes their producers. Is any company brave enough to tell WalMart to go to hell? A lot of us “consumers” have. I may change my name here to walmartsux. Does Mr. Henderson realize no one makes much money selling to WalMart? Selling to WalMart provides credibility?

    And the manufacturers think we’re the dumb ones……

  3. Pukanuba says:

    Sort of makes you wonder if MF will open a new facility, change its name & go on making canned or pouched pet food. They must know their name is mud…..only problem is, they have several plants so even if they do change their name, it’ll be obvious who they are. Pompous asses, that’s who they are.

    Menusux: As usual, you dug up some good stuff…….gee, what a surprise to find out that Henderson is lying through his teeth……I’m sure he’s friends with the rest of the liars & went to the same sleaze school…….now, we need you to find out what they are going to do with that new building. Maybe do business under another name & just do the pouches separate from the canning facility???????

  4. Captn' Carl says:

    Maybe this is where they will start to make Soylent Green! At least with that, we’d see what was coming!

  5. Captn' Carlcaptncarl06@yahoo.com says:

    Perhaps this is the location they will use to start manufacturing SOYLENT GREEN. I wouldn’t put it past any of them. At least with SOYLENT GREEN, we would know in advance what is headed our way for a change.

  6. MarySmith says:

    I posted this on the forum, but will re-post it here also.

    I’ve been reading the pet blogs/forums since March but do not post much. I’ve been following this scary food poisioning because I’m trying to protect several pets of people who do not have internet access.

    After being in a non-pet or food related sales field, I can relate to all the “pitch-spew” that comes from these company Reps - they are ALL so brain-washed by the “positive spin” pitch that they are not even aware of how it sounds to someone who analyzes every word written/spoken by them. They are just spewing forth the garbage that they have been taught to say! Everything that they say is thought to be “positive” and everything that chalenges their thinking is said to be “negative”. Customer Service Sales Reps are even taught ways in which to non-answer direct questions that, if answered directly, would put that product or company in a ‘bad light’. By the time someone advances through ‘the system’ to become a manager, a CEO or President of a company, they are so brain-washed by their own ’spew’ that it is impossible for them to truly ‘relate’ to honest questions!

    When talking to these Reps next time, why not just ask them to lay their well rehearsed ‘pitch’ aside and just talk to you one on one. You will be surprized that many will just hang-up the phone because they are not allowed to ‘go off the pitch’!

    I hope this ‘rant’ will be helpful to someone here.

  7. Elaine says:

    This is a good website to follow.

    http://www.tradereform.org/

  8. Elaine says:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07.....ref=slogin

    NY Times article about Country of Origin Labeling. We need to be contacting our congressmen on this issue.

  9. Elaine says:

    An opinion piece about concentration and political influence

    http://www.emmitsburg.net/arch.....howler.htm

  10. Elaine says:

    I couldn’t find a way to send this article as a link, so here is the whole thing. Appropriate for Independence Day reading!

    THE CALAMITY HOWLER

    July 4, 2007 Independence Day

    EDITOR\PUBLISHER: A.V Krebs
    E-MAIL: avkrebs@comcast.net
    TO RECEIVE: Send name and address to avkrebs@comcast.net

    A 21stCENTURY POPULIST
    DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
    “Patriots who believe in the rights, wisdom or virtues of the Common People”

    WHEN IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS, it becomes necessary for We the People to dissolve the political bonds which have connected us with another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitled us, a decent respect to the opinions of humankind requires that the People should declare the causes which impel us to that separation.

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    Whenever that Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its power in such form as the people shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

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    We live in a society where our government seeks to impose upon its people an economic, social, political and ecological order designed, not to serve the People, but rather one that is self-serving and monopolistic in character, and which has created a gigantic Military-Industrial-Congressional complex that permeates our entire social, economic and ecological environment.

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    THE HISTORY OF THE MODERN CORPORATE STATE has become a history of repeated injuries and oppressions, all directed to establishing the impersonal as the dominant institution within our society. The corporate state has carefully schemed to protect and insure its privileges and powers. It has successfully managed to protect its interests by cloaking itself as a “person” within the language of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, while at the same time manipulating that Document and its Bill of Rights to its own selfish ends.

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  11. Captn' Carl says:

    Elaine: Right on the target with “A 21stCENTURY POPULIST
    DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.”

    This is referred to as real time thinking and clarity of vision.

  12. sandi says:

    Pondering comment that Walmart squeezes its producers, make sme wonder if the other bran foods they sell and we know what they are, perhaps are cheape as they also a re deluded for a higher profit.

    Meaning if a brand is purchased at a well known store like Petsmart, Petco, et al, is the quality of say Pedigree, Purina, on and Iams, are the ingredients a better quality.

    Sandi

  13. Ruth says:

    To Sandi: I don’t think they would make a better quality for one store over Walmart. I would think they would keep it the same considering the pet food companies want to keep their profit margin as high as they can. Even if they change the food name as to say Natural or Organic it would probably be the same garbage.

  14. chris says:

    To Menu Foods

    ..l.

  15. dogfoodboy says:

    the space is just being used to store the recalled products, you morons…..

  16. MarySmith says:

    RE: dogfoodboy July 4th, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    Why store it??
    What are they saving it for??
    Why not just incinerate it and bury the ash in sealed containers so that no more harm comes from the poison??

  17. MarySmith says:

    Sorry Itchmo - my old browser can not read your new coded word - could you please make that coded word show up as a simple jpeg?

    ITCHMO ADMIN: Don’t worry, we freed the comment anyway.

  18. HighNote says:

    Sandi, Before the recall I was shopping at the Pet Smart and was buying my regular Science Diet cat food and spoke to the store rep. She informed me that the Vet. Science Diet was a better quality food the what they sold. I do not know if this is true or not of course. But… I did notice that the color of the food is darker from the Vets then it was when I purchased it at the Pet Smart.. So… She may be right.
    It is always possible that the vets pet food is a little higher quality then buying it was pet smart or Wal mart.

  19. Elaine says:

    A post today on the Del Monte recalls food thread is warning us not to buy Kibbles and Bits as his dog ate it last week and this week has been diagnosed with massive kidney failure.

    He said he bought the food at Walmart last week.

    I am wondering—–you would think, by now, that these pet food companies would have cleaned up their act so as to not have any more pet poisonings happen, wouldn’t you?

    That said, I am boycotting the companies that caused the mass poisoning and did silent recalls no matter what.

  20. Elaine says:

    MarySmith,

    I wouldn’t put it past these horrible companies to store the recalled cans and then put new labels on them and try to sell them again at a later date!

  21. Anonymous says:

    HighNote said: It is always possible that the vets pet food is a little higher quality then buying it was pet smart or Wal mart.

    NOT. Check it out.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Elaine said: am wondering—–you would think, by now, that these pet food companies would have cleaned up their act so as to not have any more pet poisonings happen, wouldn’t you?

    Not a thing has changed re industry protocol. Exactly what has changed?

    There is no reason to suppose anything. What we learned is that there is every reason to be suspicious and proactively protective. Period.

  23. menusux says:

    Elaine,

    Make the connection:

    http://tinyurl.com/yrxcs6

    Page 7
    “On April 3, 2007, CN issued a press release announcing a recall of all wheat gluten it imported from Xuzhou Anying. CN admitted that melamine “should absolutely not have been in wheat gluten.” Four other pet food manufacturers obtained contaminated wheat gluten from CN and initiated recalls: Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Del Monte Pet Products, Nestle Purina PetCare Company, and Sunshine Mills Company.”

    http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmr.....04_07.html

    “CN shipped from its Kansas City warehouse to three pet food manufacturers and one distributor who supplies wheat gluten only to the pet food industry.”

    http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmr.....03_07.html

    “The Company took this voluntary recall action immediately after learning this morning from the FDA that wheat gluten supplied to Del Monte Pet Products from a specific manufacturing facility in China contained melamine.”

    http://chemnutra.com/Commerce%.....ssions.pdf

    Page 7
    “How This Will Affect CN’s Business
    “All of our customers except Menu Foods understand that CN was a victim in this situation. A number of them have been asking questions, but Menu Foods is the ONLY customer that has cancelled its contract with CN.”

  24. Mrs. P. says:

    Ack, another victim. Poor little ChemNutra. Poor little Menu Foods. They’re so sorry they got caught with the cheapest product known to humankind. Very government of them, isn’t it? Going for the lowest bid. Maximum price to the customer, minimum cost for them. That is considered a smart business practice. Reminds me of the Ford Pinto. They knew that bolt would puncture the gas tank and cause people to burn to death, but it was just too damned expensive to retrofit the cars with a plastic bolt. You gotta love the old laissez-faire economics. Except it isn’t really laissez-faire with the government providing support, tax breaks, etc. to big business.

  25. mittens says:

    this site does contain some strong language in places so be advised.

    here’s a suggestion for the new warehouse space:

    http://community.livejournal.c.....41536.html

  26. pat says:

    here’s a canada free press article on menu foods, mostly reviewing recent events, but the author doesn’t seem very sympathetic to their “it’s not out fault” line:

    http://www.canadafreepress.com.....070507.htm

  27. menusux says:

    Here’s Henderson under oath before Congress on April 24, 2007 regarding the “wheat gluten” deal:

    http://tinyurl.com/yrxcs6

    Page 2
    “Wheat gluten has been in short supply, and in 2006, we decided to add an additional source for this important ingredient. In November 2006, Menu Foods bought wheat gluten form CN for the first time.”

    http://www.menufoods.com/ir/do.....202007.pdf

    Henderson’s verson at the General Meeting-June 29, 2007:

    Page 2
    “Wheat gluten has been in short supply, and, in 2006, feedback from our historic suppliers led us to conclude that we needed to add an additional supplier for this key ingredient.”

    Page 3
    “I want to be very clear here that we were not making demands on our suppliers to produce low price wheat gluten… We were more than willing to pay the going rate for what we thought was a product that met all our specifications.”

    http://www.thecityedition.com/.....Recall.pdf

    The City Edition of San Francisco May.June 2007
    Page 2

    “In late 2005, Menu Foods switched from the US-based MGP Ingredients and signed a 10 year contract with ChemNutra to take advantage of the lower-priced Asian imports.”

    http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-.....&EDATE

    March 21, 2007
    “Newkirk acknowledged that MGPI has done business with Menu Foods in the past, noting that the company’s last shipment of wheat gluten to Menu
    occurred over 18 months ago.”

    http://www.itchmo.com/read/foo.....s_20070424

    Miller of CN under oath-April 24, 2007:

    Q & A:

    “Stupik: Have there been any complaints about their products before? Or about that low protein content before?
    Miller: This was a new product for us.
    Stupik: From this company. You’ve used this company before in China but not for this product.
    Miller: This was the first company that we imported from. We just started last fall in this business. This is a new product for us.”

    http://web.archive.org/web/200.....oteins.htm

    ChemNutra website Feburary 5, 2005:

    Proteins

    Vital Wheat Gluten
    Rice Protein Concentrate
    Bacteria Gluten
    Corn Gluten Meal
    Bean Gluten
    Wheat Germ Meal
    Soy Protein

    http://web.archive.org/web/200.....oteins.htm

    ChemNutra website January 3, 2004:

    Proteins:

    Vital Wheat Gluten
    Rice Protein Concentrate
    Bacteria Gluten
    Corn Gluten Meal
    Bean Gluten
    Wheat Germ Meal
    Soy Protein

    So it was a “new product” under oath to a Congressional Investigations Committee, but one which was offered since 2004–when the company was still in California:

    http://web.archive.org/web/200.....tactUs.htm

    US Office
    545 S. Los Robles Ave., Ste. 7
    Pasadena, CA 91101
    Sales: (626) 590-8908
    Purchasing: (626) 215-8838
    Fax: (626) 628-3788

    More of Miller’s answers under oath April 24, 2007:

    “Stupik: Once you realize that melamine may have something to do with this, with the problems, the deaths and the illnesses, what did you do with the wheat gluten that you had left?
    Miller: All of the wheat gluten has ever since March 8 has been in our warehouse and has basically been quarantined.
    Stupik: Do you have any plans to dispose of it?
    Miller: We are working with the FDA right now to dispose of it in ways that are acceptable to the FDA.”

    http://tinyurl.com/3e4wzb

    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review June 1, 2007:

    “Many tons of contaminated wheat gluten sit untouched in an Allegheny County warehouse, too dangerous for pet food, too valuable to throw out.

    “The wheat gluten being held in an Allegheny County warehouse was destined for Pittsburgh-based Del Monte Pet Products, but that company never bought or received any of that shipment, Gardine said.

    “Del Monte previously recalled some dog food and cat and dog treats that had been made with some of the contaminated ingredients.

    “The supplier holding the contaminated product wants to find an industrial use for it to avoid having to trash it, Gardine said. ”

    http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmr.....04_07.html

    “CN shipped from its Kansas City warehouse to three pet food manufacturers and one distributor who supplies wheat gluten only to the pet food industry.”

    http://tinyurl.com/32svrn

    Las Vegas Review-Journal May 19, 2007:

    “He rents space in five warehouses around the country and provides a variety of pet food ingredients to manufacturers and pet food ingredient distributors….MF is the ONLY customer lost, leaving 17 others.”

    http://chemnutra.com/Commerce%.....ssions.pdf

    Page 7
    “How This Will Affect CN’s Business
    “All of our customers except Menu Foods understand that CN was a victim in this situation. A number of them have been asking questions, but Menu Foods is the ONLY customer that has cancelled its contract with CN.”

    Looks like both stories were different under oath…..

  28. Sandi K says:

    MarySmith, I seem to remember reading that Menu Foods was ordered to stop destroying the recalled food as it is now considered evidence in the many lawsuits going on. That would be why they arent destroying it, would be my guess.

    Maybe thats why “dogfoodboy” is so upset, getting his panties in a twist because they cant destroy the food?

  29. MarySmith says:

    RE: Sandi K July 5th, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    Thanks sandi, what you just said does make sense. I just wish this night-mare would END.

  30. Trudy Jackson says:

    Where do I go to find out about the Kibbles and Bits? thanks,

  31. Pukanuba says:

    I just read the article from the CFP…..they certainly tell it like it is. I especially liked this quote:

    “In his June annual general meeting address, Henderson stressed this point: ‘We were more than willing to pay the going rate for what we thought was a product that met all of our specifications.’”

    And to meet all of your specifications requires what? That it sort of resembles wheat gluten? Why didn’t anybody notice the different texture or the look…..maybe even bits of something that shouldn’t have been in there? Makes no difference Henny Penny, as long as it was cheap cheap cheap & boosted your profits.

    Another righteous, pompous ass…….

  32. Trudy Jackson says:

    I just found out [duh] that Hills SD. does live animal testing. The vet said so, so I know it’s true.

  33. Elaine says:

    More about diseased pigs in China and their treatment of pigs before slaughter. UGH!

    http://www.ellinghuysen.com:80.....3654.shtml

  34. Trudy Jackson says:

    I’m glad I don’t eat pork anymore. gross!

  35. pam says:

    i know it’s illegal BUT we should all buy some menu stock, keep it for a week and then dump it all in one day…if we bought enough we could bring them down. they do trade stock, don’t they?

  36. menusux says:

    China’s newest export: lawsuits
    Fortune’s Roger Parloff looks at who ends up paying the bill when products are defective.
    CNN/Fortune July 5, 2007

    http://money.cnn.com/2007/07/0.....s.fortune/

    “Menu Foods, the Ontario petfood maker whose China-sourced, melamine-laced gluten poisoned dozens of brands of American pet food, already faces more than 100 class-action suits. In its case, the big-name brands and retailers that it supplies - Procter & Gamble, Wal-Mart, Safeway, Kroger - are showing up as defendants too, and could become the crucial deep pockets if Menu Foods runs out of insurance coverage. San Francisco plaintiffs lawyer William Audet explains, “For most states there’s a duty on the seller to distribute a product that doesn’t have poison in it.” Indeed, with few exceptions, the retailers are typically on the hook, says Sheila Birnbaum, head of product-liability defense at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.

    “They can seek indemnification from their Chinese exporters, but that will be their problem. (No American lawyer interviewed for this article was contemplating suing Chinese entities in Chinese courts, where tiny damage awards and frequently hostile local judges often make litigation pointless.) One way or another, if they want to stay in business, Chinese exporters will have to become accountable for injuries to U.S. consumers and businesses.

    FYI re: who also is responsible besides MF & CN for MF-produced pet foods. For non-MF produced “wheat gluten” foods, it would be CN, Hill’s, Del Monte, Nestle Purina & Sunshine.

    Process would be the same for the “rpc” imported by Wilbur-Ellis/Ceneral Byproducts–W-E, CB, ANI, Chenango, CJ, Diamond, along with the respective brands.

    Let those who think Menu’s gonna make them rich waste their $–they can buy all the units/shares they want, but no company stays afloat if its products don’t sell.


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