Food Business News - March 26, 2013 - (Page 1)

March 26, 2013 FOODBUSINESS NEWS NEWS, MARKETS AND ANALYSIS FOR THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY Hostess liquidation winding down as asset sales approved IRVING, TEXAS — Hostess Brands, Inc. said on March 20 that it has obtained bankruptcy court approval to sell the majority of its snack cake business and the majority of its bread business in separate transactions totaling about $800 million in proceeds. “We embarked on the sales process with one overarching goal — to maximize value for all of the company’s stakeholders, and I am pleased to report that we have been successful,” said Gregory F. Rayburn, chairman and chief executive officer of Hostess, Irving, Texas. Hostess said Robert Drain, a U.S. bankruptcy judge, approved the following transactions: The acquisition by affiliates of Apollo Continued on Page 10 Spreads Adding life to a staid category Story on Page 38 Continental Grain urges Smithfield Foods to split SMITHFIELD, VA. — Continental Grain Co., one of largest shareholders of Smithfield Foods, Inc., sent a letter on March 7 to the company as well as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission urging Smithfield to split into three independent companies in an effort to boost shareholder value. Continental Grain recommended the company split into separate hog production, fresh pork and packaged meats, and international businesses in order to compete more effectively with Tyson, Hormel and others. “Since the current management took over on Aug. 31, 2006, and through March 1, 2013, Smithfield stock has declined by Continued on Page 20 Bloated sugar market stirs political debate he rhetoric between sweetener user and sugar producer groups rose to a fevered pitch the past two weeks amid a published report that the U.S. Department of Agriculture may incur costs upwards of $80 million this year to remove surplus sugar from the U.S. market, which prompted a letter from four U.S. senators T inquiring about the costs and about loans to sugar producers. At the same time it was indicated the sugar surplus in the United States and Mexico may grow even larger than currently estimated. Ironically, the U.S. International Trade Commission last week held its bi-annual hearing on the impact of sugar import restraints on the U.S. economy, at which both sugar user and producer groups squared off. While debate over the U.S. sugar program, which has existed since 1934 with the latest iteration included in the 2008 farm bill, has been going on for years, it intensified last year as the farm bill came up for renewal. Congress was unable to complete the farm bill in 2012 and instead extended the current bill through September 2013. The intensity built the past few months as it became obvious sugar supplies in the Continued on Page 26 ®

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Food Business News - March 26, 2013
Hostess liquidation winding down as asset sales approved
Continental Grain urges Smithfield Foods to split
Bloated sugar market stirs political debate
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Editorial - Reframing of good nutrition is a troubling trend
Diamond Foods facing significant headwinds
Wal-Mart won’t use private label to ‘pump up profit’
Kroger hits ‘huge home run’ with Simple Truth
ConAgra to expand Arkansas frozen foods plant
Shamrock Farms to build $50 million plant in Virginia
Saputo plans to close a Quebec cheese plant
Stonyfield changing name of Greek yogurt
Smithfield Packing to close Maryland plant
McDonald’s menu in 2013: Energy, excitement and innovations
Safeway pursues health and wellness leadership
Doctors’ letter to F.D.A. questions GRAS application to energy drinks
Sephora executive to lead marketing at Starbucks
Vegetables, pizza part of menu makeover at Cosi
Wendy’s testing flatbread product, pretzel burger
Judge upends New York City ban on large sugary beverages
Whole Foods unveils G.M.O. labeling initiative
Chiquita sizes up salad opportunities
House of Raeford exiting commodity turkey business
Washington - Critics of U.S.D.A's COOL proposal passionate, plentiful
Health and Wellness - Digestive health category remains robust
Ingredient Innovations - Even sweet flavors may need masking
Dairy Business News - Variety dominates the spread category
New Food Products
Research Chefs Association photo highlights
Ingredient Market Trends - A.A.F.C. forecasts record Canadian canola crop in 2013
Ingredient Markets
Supplier Innovations and News
Ad Index
Food Business in the News

Food Business News - March 26, 2013