Food companies sell more heat-and-serve options to fill gaps in short-staffed kitchens


Laura Seitz, Associated Press

FILE-Mount Jordan Middle School students get lunch in their school's cafeteria in Sandy, Utah in 2017. Food companies are filling in for short-staffed kitchens at schools, hospitals and restaurants with "labor saving" products.

Food-service workers are hard to come by.

Packaged-food companies are filling in for them.

While Hormel Foods, Post and General Mills are best recognized for their consumer retail brands, they each have billion-dollar food-service businesses - providing bacon, eggs and baked goods to restaurants, schools and hospitals - that have grown as commercial kitchens struggle to find enough help.


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