Cereal fans in many countries know and love the taste of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. With all the manufacturing locations of the company, it seems that one took a serious nose dive.
Recently, a man found the very last box of Canada’s Kellogg’s cereal. Did he know initially that it was the last cereal box from the company in London, Ontario? No. Though, he did find it odd that the top of the box advised that he should read the bag.
Once home, his curiosity wandered and he opened the cereal box of Frosted Flakes to discover that a few workers from the manufacturing warehouse of the business enterprise left him a message. In essence, the words written on the bag of cereal gave a Kellogg’s farewell to Canada — well, the three workers anyway. The bag reads as follows.
“This is the very last bag of Canadian cereal for the Canadian market from Kellogg’s London, Ontario plant.”
For any Canadian cereal-lover, this would be devastating news for your “balanced breakfast.” Such is the case for the Gaudette Family, who found this most sacred of boxes. However, it goes much deeper than that. According to Metro News – Canada, Stephane Gaudette, the father and purchaser, felt remorse after reading the message.
“It’s become a sad artifact… I thought about it more as a family man while having breakfast with my two kids — I have a job to go to; I’m lucky. We were staring at this, just trying to absorb what it meant…”
As you can see, it does certainly mean a lot more than “no more cereal.” Kellogg’s was something similar to the town’s heritage. One of the workers who were affected by the location’s closing is Mike Cascadden. He’d been a worker at the factory for 24 years or so. Also, his grandparents worked there as well — from the 1930s — and more recently, his father. So, it’s kind of like a family flagship. According to the same source, Mike had a little to say about the way it happened for him.
“This is my legacy — Kellogg’s is in my DNA… They provided so many families with jobs. You’d walk around the factory and (hear) that’s so-and-so’s son that’s so-and-so’s grandfather — everybody was related to somebody.
It was a devastating blow for me… [that year’s] Christmas was not a good Christmas.”
It seems that Kellogg’s cereal is more than just a brand. For some, it’s a lifestyle. Cereal can seem so insignificant, but people have to realize that the boxes don’t just appear out of thin air. Even with things being automated, someone has to run the machines. Someone had to get the cereal to you, the buyer. And in this case, those who worked in the London-Ontario factory had to find other means of life and support afterwards.
So, next time you see a box of Kellogg’s cereal — whether Lucky Charms, Corn Flakes, Wheaties, etc. — think about those behind its process and their families.
What are your thoughts about Canada’s Kellogg’s shutdown?
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