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FOODBUSINESS NEWS NEWS, MARKETS AND ANALYSIS FOR THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY July 3, 2012 ® Higher costs weigh on General Mills earnings MINNEAPOLIS — Executives at General Mills, Inc. hope a restructuring program put in place in May will help the company rebound from a difficult fiscal 2012 in which higher input cost inflation contributed to a 13% decline in full-year earnings. For the year ended May 27, the company had earnings of $1,567.3 million, equal to $2.42 per share on the common stock, compared with $1,798.3 million, or $2.80 per share, during fiscal 2011. Sales for the year were $16,657.9 million, up 12% from $14,880.2 million during fiscal 2011. For the fourth quarter ended May 27, earnings were up 2% at $325.4 million, or 50c per share, which compared with Continued on Page 11 Story on Page 35 Study sees shift in food-at-home trends NEW YORK — A confluence of factors appear poised to rapidly transform the food-at-home industry, according to a new study from Jefferies Group, Inc., a global investment bank, and AlixPartners, a global business advisory firm. The study, titled “Trouble in aisle 5,” included a survey of 2,000 adult grocery shoppers during mid-May. It found changing demographics, economic influences and customer preferences have the potential to create long-term disruption across the food industry value chain. Specifically, the rise of the millennials and aging of the baby boomer generation will be a major factor affecting buying Continued on Page 25 U.S.D.A. confirms tart cherry disaster, mixed outlook for other fruits, vegetables hree key reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week provided fresh insight into U.S. fruit and vegetable crops for 2012. Most dramatic was the department’s Cherry Production report that confirmed the loss of nearly all the tart cherry crop in top-producing Michigan and a 68% plunge nationally from 2011 production. T The U.S.D.A. also released its quarterly Vegetables and Pulses Outlook and Fruit and Tree Nuts Outlook, both less dramatic than the cherry report but not less informative. “The majority of (Michigan) growers lost all of their harvestable crop this year,” the U.S.D.A. said in its annual Cherry Production report. Tart cherry production in Michigan was forecast at 5.5 million lbs, down 97% from 157.5 million lbs in 2011 and compared with annual production of 184 million lbs in the prior five years. For the United States, forecast tart cherry production of 73.1 million lbs (36,550 tons) would be the smallest crop since 62.5 million lbs in 2002, when the Michigan crop was sliced to 15 million lbs in a similar weather scenario. That year brought a sizeable carryover from a crop of 370.1 million lbs in 2001, the second largest Continued on Page 26 http://http://

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Food Business News - July 3, 2012
Higher costs weigh on General Mills earnings
Study sees shift in food-at-home trends
U.S.D.A. confirms tart cherry disaster, mixed outlook for other fruits, vegetables
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Web Contents
Editorial - Measuring impact of price changes on food
Greencore acquires H.C. Schau & Son
Wessanen to divest American Beverage Corp.
Rabobank predicts Q.S.R. surge
Taco Bell building three promising sales platforms
Sally Grimes to lead innovation at Hillshire
Kraft to close Wisconsin cheese plant
Mizkan to acquire Premier Foods business unit
Arnold Select, Chobani top Nielsen innovation award winners
McDonald’s balances core brands with new products
Cocoa sustainability effort widens
PepsiCo trying to build 'brick by brick'
Farley’s & Sathers, Ferrara Pan complete merger
Hershey targeting $10 billion in sales by 2017
Strong sales growth boosts McCormick profit
Coca-Cola steps up investments in India, Myanmar
Natural foods category helps boost Kroger results
Starbucks plans Tazo tea store opening this fall
Washington - At odds over labeling of bioengineered foods
Ingredient Innovations - Less sugar, same sweetness
Health and Wellness - Wellness ingredients gain momentum
New Food Products
Heinz adds Grillers to Ore-Ida line
Minute Maid launches two flavors To Go
Old Wisconsin adds two turkey snacks
Coca-Cola to distribute recovery beverage
Supplier Innovations and News
Ingredient Market Trends
Ingredient Week
Ad Index
Food Business in the News

Food Business News - July 3, 2012