Beatrice Companies, Inc. may look like a big
company; however our operating and management philosophy is
founded on the principles of respect and honor, and we feel that
every product that we produce should be of the highest standard
possible, and that we treat our employees, vendors and customers
with the respect they deserve. Beatrice has fought hard to ensure
that this company remains true to its convictions and does not
waiver from them. DeWitt Hoopes, the President and CEO of Beatrice
Companies, Inc. has always believed in an old fashioned approach
to doing business, and lives by the old code of treating each
other as individuals, promoting from within the company,
encouraging employees to better themselves and evaluating
employees on their merits. Beatrice also believes in an open-door
policy on ideas and suggestions that help the company and fellow
employees. No one in the company should feel left out and
marginalized, and suggestions and input from all employees is
welcomed and encouraged.
As our company grows, and new companies join the Beatrice family,
it is important to note that Beatrice always strives to retain
existing management and employees of these new companies, and
Beatrice management is also careful to evaluate the existing
business practices of new companies to see how well they will fit
in with the Beatrice standards, and then adopt them.
Unfortunately, other companies that acquire other businesses tend
to bring in their own people with little regard for the existing
management and employees, which can be very disruptive, and damage
the reputation of the existing business. Beatrice believes in
nurturing the businesses that are part of our family, and allowing
each operating group to share in the benefit of being part of
Beatrice aims to redefine the entire food industry
by ensuring that our food products are unlike any in the industry;
from frozen foods, dry grocery products, bakery products and
organic/natural foods, Beatrice has the dedicated workforce that
strives to make Beatrice an enjoyable place to work and produce
the tastiest food products available.
Vision & Ethics
1. To market quality food products
with the highest nutritional values,
no artificial preservatives, flavorings,
colorings, and all at fair prices.
2. To Conduct business under high
3. To fulfill our social responsibilities as
a corporate citizen in our country and in
other nations and in all communities in
which we operate and to contribute to
improvement of the quality of life and
4. To provide employees with
opportunities to be productive and
creative individuals and to be
recognized and rewarded for their
efforts. Beatrice encourages its
employees to advance through the
company ranks. We believe in our
most important asset...our employees.
5. To continue to implement programmes
to develop the most efficient use of all
forms of energy.
6. To continue to improve plant and
product safety programmes, and to
standardize these programmes
throughout the company.
7. To hire competent and qualified
individuals based off of their abilities
to do the job they were employed to
The Beatrice Way
Beatrice always has operated in accordance with a
set of basic principles which constitute our corporate philosophy
1. Management As A Science - This means
producing planned results by means of specific objectives, goals,
priorities and strategies for both the near and long term.
Long-range planning provides a blueprint for
achieving objectives. In addition, the process of planning
enables managers to participate in goal setting. It allows
them to relate their function to the rest of the corporation.
It forces a valuable discipline upon them.
We expect management at all levels to have strong
convictions about expense control and cost reduction. We
want results that require highly motivated people. Capable
people need the opportunity to demonstrate their ability.
Our system of goals and rewards recognizes this and compensates
them beyond the normal salary levels.
We want people who are creative and innovative.
We want profit-oriented people who make decisions and
recommendations based on facts. People who do what is right,
not what is acceptable.
2. Profit Centre Concept - We are committed
to the concept of individual profit centres managed by people
responsible for profits and sales in each plant.
We believe in strong product management with profit
and loss responsibility centered on the individual product
manager. This involves development of new products as well
as marketing them in a profitable, innovative way.
We must comply with local, state and federal laws
and regulations which affect our operations. We should
approach government as an ally instead of an adversary. All
profit centres must be good corporate citizens.
3. Maximizing the Return on Investments
always should be an essential part of our operating motto.
This is a vital responsibility to our stockholders.
4. We expect Beatrice people to play a hard,
clean game. We believe honesty and fairness involve candor
and freedom to speak out without fear of the boss. This kind
of integrity creates a positive atmosphere and a more unified
Employees deserve fair treatment, honest answers,
open channels of two-way communication. We expect our
management to insure that employees clearly understand their job
responsibility and are recognized and rewarded for good
5. We value our suppliers, and they should
be treated fairly in all transactions.
6. We value our customer and should "play it
straight" in all transactions.
We should know where we are going. Motivated
people, a commitment to long-range planning, a lean organization
and through knowledge of our operating involvement will get us