Greener Parties with Ball Corp

Greener Parties with Ball Corp

September 3, 2019

Ball Corporation is launching a new aluminum cup as a response to concern about plastic waste.

Ball Corporation’s market research finds that 67% of customers in the U.S. will visit a venue more often if aluminum cups are used instead of plastic ones.  Aluminum cups are more environmentally friendly than plastic as they do not have a limit on the number of times they can be recycled.


Video Spotlight: Sustainable beverage cans: Ball Corporation


This post is based on the Business Green article, Greener parties: Ball Corp unveils first aluminium cup in bid to cut plastic waste, by Madeleine Cuff, August 27, 2019, and the YouTube video, Sustainable beverage cans: Ball Corporationby Ball Corporation, June 6, 2018. Image source: Pongasn68/Getty Images.

Discussion Questions:

1. What makes aluminum cups more sustainable than plastic?

Guidance: Aluminum can be recycled an unlimited number of times. Cups made from aluminum can be reused, unlike single-use plastics.

2. How is Ball Corporation responding to growing customer concern about plastic waste?

Guidance: Ball Corporation plans to introduce aluminum cups in retail stores by 2021, with a price tag of 25 cents each.  The aluminum cups will replace Continue reading

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Great Chicken Sandwich War of 2019

Great Chicken Sandwich War of 2019

August 30, 2019

The Great Chicken Sandwich War is underway.

On August 12, 2019, Popeyes launched its new chicken sandwich.  Popeyes’ sandwich resembles the Chick-fil-A sandwich.  So, Chick-fil-A started a twitter war by tweeting “Bun + Chicken + Pickles = all the (love in form of heart symbol) for the original.”

Popeyes’ then responded with “y’all good?”

Not to be left out, Wendy’s and Shake Shack joined in as well.

Couple the twitter war with some outstanding reviews from publications and many tweets praising the sandwich, and the result: a big spike in sales of Popeyes’ chicken sandwiches.  Drive-thru lines were packed.

The increase in demand was so large that many Popeyes began running out of chicken sandwiches.  (Making it difficult to actually try the new sandwich.)

In fact, demand was so great that Popeyes announced on Wednesday, August 27, 2019 (including via tweet) that it would be out of chicken sandwiches by the end of the week. Nor was a date given when it would be back in stock. The company promised to work with suppliers on the problem, although spokespeople recommended using the Popeyes’ app to be notified when sandwiches were once again available.


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Where’s the Beef? Tyson Juggles Capacity

Where’s the Beef? Tyson Juggles Capacity

August 29, 2019

Fire at a Tyson Foods beef processing plant has affected the company’s ability to maintain supply.  The plant processes 6% of the fed cattle in the US.

Processing capacity in the US is nearly maxed out, so the dip in capacity will increase beef prices nationally.  Tyson is working to move production to other sites.


Video Spotlight: Tyson Foods CEO: Raising Expectations | Mad Money | CNBC


This post is based on the Supply Chain Dive article, Tyson shifts production after plant fire to ‘keep supply chain full’, by Emma Cosgrove, August 13, 2019, and the YouTube video Tyson Foods CEO: Raising Expectations , by CNBC, November 2, 2017. Image source: Foodcollection.

Discussion Questions:

1. What capacity management strategies should Tyson employ now?

Guidance: Students should recognize the need for back up sites or arrangements.  Ask students to describe how outsourcing arrangements might be used to acquire short term capacity with smaller meat processing facilities.  Do any small processors exist?  If not, what other arrangements can be made at the remaining Tyson plant to increase capacity or raise production?  Is the remaining plant operating 24/7 already?  Can some beef processing Continue reading

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