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Theinewsweeklyiofigrain-basedifoods Dietary Guidelines panel focuses on fiber from enriched products WASHINGTON - The 2005 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee devoted considerable attention to the role of enriched grain products in a balanced diet last week as the panel held its second meeting to discuss possible changes in the government's official eating guide. "The importance of bread and grainbased foods in getting fiber into the diet was discussed at length," Lee Sanders, vice-president of regulatory and technical services at the American Bakers Association, said of the committee's Jan. 28-29 deliberations. Ms. Sanders also noted that while the committee in general favors increased consumption of whole-grain products, there N E W S F E AT U R E was recognition at last week's meeting that much of the fiber from grain intake is now derived from enriched products. The A.B.A. and the North American Millers' Association, in a coordinated effort with the Wheat Foods Council, recently submitted detailed research papers to the committee in support of enriched products and other grain-based foods. Judi Adams, president of the W.F.C., this month plans to submit to the advisory committee a new scientific white paper detailing the benefits of folic acid and the role of enriched products in supplying that nutrient. Ms. Adams was among those attending last week's Continued on Page 18 Kraft Foods to cut work force by 6% in $1.2-billion restructuring NORTHFIELD, ILL. - As part of what the company calls its sustainable growth plan, Kraft Foods Inc. last week announced a major restructuring plan that will reduce its work force by 6%. According to the company, up to 20 production facilities will be closed worldwide and 6,000 positions will be eliminated over the next three years. Approximately 1,300 LATE salaried positions in North America will be cut in the first quarter of 2004. Initial plant closings have been announced for facilities in Canton, N.Y.; Farmdale, Ohio, and Central Europe. Plans for the restructuring reflected disappointing financial results at Kraft in 2003. Net income of Kraft Foods in the Continued on Page 14 NEWS Super Bowl calls for hot dog buns BENTONVILLE, ARK. - Based on nationwide buying trends, hot dogs - with buns - were among the most popular snacks consumers stocked up on for the weekend Super Bowl in Houston, according to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. "Despite the recent low-carb craze, most Americans won't forget the buns," Wal-Mart said in identifying "must have" Super Bowl snacks. "Wal-Mart expects to sell enough hot dog buns the week prior to Super Bowl Sunday that if lined up Continued on Page 8 inside FEBRUARY 3, 2004 / A Stunning McTurnaround Story on Page 23 AIPC sees continuing slide in dry pasta; sets out strategies KANSAS CITY - American Italian Pasta Co. management expects dry pasta category volume to continue to decline this year after a 4% drop last year, executives said in a Jan. 28 conference call. In the conference call, Timothy S. Webster, president and chief executive officer, and Daniel W. Trott, executive vice-president of sales and marketing, outlined initiatives by AIPC to address category trends and to increase market share. "Over the last year, the dry pasta segment has experienced accelerated volume softness with nearly a 4% decline in volume if we combine grocery and mass channels," Mr. Trott said. While part of the decline may be attributed to higher product prices and ongoing grocery store labor disputes, Mr. Trott said another important factor is "the Continued on Page 12 THIS WEEK Kellogg thrives in '03 despite cookies 11 Ingredient Nick Pyle defends bread on Dateline NBC 18 Supplier Innovations column debuts 40 Week 31

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