Milling & Baking News - November 13, 2012 - (Page 24)

Business  Wind farm built to supply power to Bimbo in Mexico begins operating UNION HIDALGO, OAXACA, MEXICO — Grupo Bimbo S.A.B. de C.V. has announced the start of operations at the Piedra Larga Wind Farm, a sustainability project that will generate power equivalent to all the electricity the company uses at its plants in Mexico. A dedication ceremony at the wind farm was attended by Felipe Calderon, the president of Mexico; Gabino Cue, governor of the state of Oaxaca; Don Manuel Alabart Fernandez Cavada, the Spanish Ambassador to Mexico; and a number of federal, state and municipal authorities. Daniel Servitje, chief executive officer of Grupo Bimbo, described Piedra Larga as the world’s largest wind farm specifically dedicated to supply power to a food company. “As a leading company at a global level, we are sensitive to environmental challenges; hence, we strive to contribute through innovative and purposeful actions to reduce the environmental footprint,” Mr. Servitje said. “Piedra Larga is an example of it.” The farm has a capacity of 90 megawatts — 45 wind turbines with 2 megawatts apiece. Initially the farm will supply more than 40 Bimbo facilities around the country with electric power. “Piedra Larga will also supply ‘Bimbo’s Friends,’ outstanding among them are, the Papalote Children’s Museum that has become a strategic partner for sustainability initiatives and programs, together with Frialsa Frigoríficos and Grupo Calidra,” Bimbo said. The company said the farm, on an annual basis, will reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 180,000 tons, equivalent to the absorption capacity of close to five million mature trees, or 12 thousand hectares of forests, or likewise, it is equivalent to what is emitted with the burning of 65 million liters of diesel. The wind farm was built by DEMEX, the Mexican affiliate of the Spanish company Renovalia. Construction was made possible by an alliance of financial partners as well as an agreement with Bimbo, committing the company “as the consuming party for at least 18 years and DEMEX as the investing party,” Bimbo explained. Grupo Bimbo did not participate in the $200 million project as an investor, said Francisco Avelar, Bimbo’s director of financial planning. “(Bimbo’s) long-term commitment to consume the energy generated by the wind farm will bring about social, environmental and economic benefits for the company,” he said. Mr. Calderon, the outgoing president of Mexico, said the partnership helped the country achieve an objective to generate a quarter of its electric power from renewable sources. “Not only have we attained this goal, but surpassed it,” he said. “Today, in Mexico, thanks to the joint collaboration between the private sector and the government, 26% of the electric power comes from renewable sources.” MBN established by striking members of a different B.C.T.G.M. local union,” the memo said. A source at a Hostess plant said workers were told Oct. 31 by the company to empty their lockers in preparation for a possible strike. A spokesperson from the company offered a clarifying response. “No one has been told to clean out their lockers, but all bakery employees have been reminded that access to the plants will be limited in the case of a strike,” said Erik Halvorson, the spokesperson. “We’ve recommended that they not store personal belongings overnight, in case a strike does take place.” Mr. Halvorson said Hostess would not be able to survive a sustained strike. “A significant strike would result in a rapid wind down of the company,” he said. MBN / Strikes may be looming at Hostess Brands baking plants IRVING, TEXAS — The specter of widespread and potentially devastating strike actions by workers at Hostess Brands, Inc. loomed menacingly in the wake of an authorization by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union. The union action came three weeks after Judge Robert Drain approved a Hostess Brands petition to impose a cost cutting collective bargaining agreement on the bakers, including unions whose members had rejected the plan. Workers of the B.C.T.G.M. in September resoundingly rejected the final proposal of Hostess management, but the judge ruled union leadership had misled workers to 24 / November 13, 2012 Milling & Baking News believe there would be an alternative buyer for the company or most of its baking facilities if the proposal was declined. In a memorandum from Frank Hurt, president of the B.C.T.G.M., dated Oct. 25, officers of Hostess Brands locals were advised that “strike action by all local unions representing workers at Hostess Brands facilities whose contract have been terminated or have had the company’s final offer imposed is hereby deemed as sanctioned and authorized by the international union.” The memorandum also was signed by David B. Durkee, international secretary-treasurer of the union. “This sanctioning and authorization includes honoring a picket line

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Milling & Baking News - November 13, 2012
Change agent at General Mills, NAMA chairman celebrates ‘noble’ industry
Countering higher input costs, B.B.U. to raise prices in November
Late News - Flat Flowers earnings after one-time charge
Table of Contents
News/Comment - Lack of focus on farm issues likely to change
Editorial - Many milling positives in tough environment
Late News
Data - January-September flour output reaches new record high
Financial Results - Mondelez earnings down 29% in third quarter, sales fall 2%
Oreo, belVita buoy biscuit business at Mondelez
CSM B.S.N.A. unit performs well in tough market
Morning foods wake up at Kellogg
Industry Activities - Millers in ‘deep dive’ exploring possible vitamin D fortification
Meyer elected vice-chair of NAMA; two honorary memberships named
Merchandising - Winners in America’s Best Raisin Bread Contest crowned
Business - Bakers look to resume operations in wake of Hurricane Sandy
Flowers acquiring Bimbo assets in California, Oklahoma
With Wisconsin project, Horizon doubling whole wheat capacity
Baker’s Pride opens new donut plant
Wind farm built to supply power to Bimbo in Mexico begins operating
Strikes may be looming at Hostess Brands baking plants
Mondelez to close Mr. Christie cookie plant in Toronto
Red Star, Lesaffre to raise yeast prices
ADM opens sweetener transfer terminal in Chattanooga
Nutrition and Health - Whole Grain Stamp success spans participating companies of all sizes
Food Ingredient Solutions - Indulge in extras
Milling Technology - ADM Milling expanding Beech Grove flour mill
The Andersons agrees to major grain facility acquisition
Gavilon opens grain facility in South Dakota
POET-DSM buys equipment for cellulose production
Washington - Breaking Washington gridlock
Weather Outlook - In marked change, world weather pattern transitioning to ‘normal
Washington - Elections may bring little change to Senate ag committee
Farm bill fate uncertain in lame duck session of Congress
U.S.D.A. offers assistance to hurricane victims
People - With Cargill c.f.o. resignation, David MacLennan to fill in
Brad Pederson named supply chain manager at Caravan Ingredients
ADM taps two for management positions
Transportation and Distribution - N.G.F.A. seeks easier path to contest ‘unreasonable’ rail rates
Nutrition and Health - Initiative shows gains in nutrition content in children’s cereal
Ingredient Market Trends - U.S.D.A. raises forecasts for U.S. and world 2012-13 wheat ending stocks
Supplier Innovations
Marketplace Business Network
Ad Index

Milling & Baking News - November 13, 2012