Intel promotes 2 with Oregon ties

Intel promoted two longtime executives Tuesday, both with Oregon ties.

Gregory Bryant and Michelle Johnston Holthaus are now executive vice presidents, reporting to CEO Bob Swan.

Bryant runs Intel’s PC group, still the company’s largest business, and works in Hillsboro. He’s been with Intel since 1992.

Holthaus runs Intel’s sales, marketing and communications. A Linfield College graduate, she joined Intel in 1996 and worked for many years in Hillsboro. Her office is now at company headquarters in Silicon Valley.

Intel’s largest offices are in Washington County, where the company employs 20,000.

American gets $350M for bags

American Airlines made more than $350 million by charging baggage fees between April and June, blowing past records after raising rates a year ago.

U.S. airlines combined charged $1.5 billion for baggage in the three-month period, despite hundreds of cancellations due to the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max line of jets on March 13, according to data released Monday by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Fort Worth-based American managed to boost its baggage fee revenue by 12% during the second quarter. Atlanta’s Delta Air Lines boosted bag fee revenue by 42% to $288 million.

Bag fees continue to be a major revenue source for airlines and a growing one, particularly after raising fees last year. American followed suit with Delta and United a year ago by increasing fees from $25 for the first checked bag to $30, and from $35 to $40 for the second bag.

In all, U.S. air carriers charged about $264 million more for bags during the second quarter of 2019 than they did during the same period a year earlier, before the increased bag fees hit.

General Mills recalls flour

General Mills is recalling about 600,000 pounds of Gold Medal flour over concerns of an E. coli contamination.

The Minnesota-based food maker issued the voluntary recall Monday after a sampling at its Kansas City facility tested positive for E. coli 026, a potentially deadly strain of the bacteria. No consumers have reported illness from eating or handling the flour, according to a Food and Drug Administration announcement.

The recall affects just one date code of 5-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour. General Mills is urging consumers with a 5-pound bag labeled with a “better if used by” date of Sept. 6, 2020, to check their cupboards and throw away the product if covered by this recall.

General Mills issued a spate of Gold Medal flour recalls three years ago after two strains of E. coli sickened dozens of people in more than 20 states.

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