The Last Bag Made
Stephane Gaudette decided to have toast instead of his Frosted Flakes after he read the message written on the cereal bag.
Immediately, he was intrigued and a little nervous that someone had tampered with the cereal once he read the “Please read the bag,” written at the top of the box.
But he soon learned that it was a message from three workers in London, Ontario explaining that it was the last box of cereal produced December 5, 2014 at the now-closed plant.
Gaudette tells As It Happens host Carol Off,
“When I saw the message, my emotions started changing… It lead to a certain sadness and awe, in a sense. It was a very odd feeling because I realized the significance of [the package].”
Although he could only read one of the three names he could see that three people had worked at Kellogg’s a long time — one for 24 years, one for 29 and one for 28, according to CBC.
“The next thing that pops into your mind is ‘Do you open the bag?’ Then I said, ‘No, there’s some significance to this,” Gaudette says. “I had toast instead.”
Gaudette gets in touch to The London Free Press where a reporter there tracked down the three men named Mike Cascadden, Ray Gonsalvez and Frasier McAuley.
According to CBC, “Cascadden says Kellogg’s was in his family’s DNA. Four generations worked there. He had 24 years of service.”
“I have 184 years of service between myself, my grandfather, my dad, my aunt, my cousin, my brother. That company is in my DNA,” Cascadden says. “They make a great product.”
The last shift was emotional for him.
“I was a young man when I started there. I’m 47 now,” he says. “I was taking under the wing of some pretty incredible guys. I want to see them again, but the reality is there’s 500 people there that I worked with and probably 99 percent of them, I won’t see again, so it’s emotional. I grew up with these guys.”
“I thought that was very moving,” Said Guadette, who hopes to meet the three men soon.
Not sure what he will do with the history-making bag, Guadette and his wife, both teachers, plan to take the box to their schools to show their classes.