Milling & Baking News - September 6, 2005 - (Page 1)

Theinewsweeklyiofigrain-basedifoods / Bakers struggle to regain footing in wake of catastrophic Katrina NEW ORLEANS - With an estimated 80% of New Orleans under water, government officials desperately trying to restore order late last week and countless homes and businesses swamped, the damaging impact from Hurricane Katrina continued to reverberate throughout the nation. The hurricane, which slammed ashore along the Gulf coast early Aug. 29 with LATE 145-mph winds, has claimed hundreds, perhaps thousands, of lives and caused billions of dollars of damage in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Like everyone else across the nation, grain-based foods executives reached by Milling & Baking News late last week were reeling from the steadily worsening Continued on Page 12 SEPTEMBER 6, 2005 NEWS OMAHA - Gary Rodkin, most recently chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo Beverages, has been named president and c.e.o. of ConAgra Foods, Inc., effective Oct. 1. Mr. Rodkin succeeds Bruce Rohde, who announced earlier this year he was stepping down from the Omaha-based food company. "A lot has been accomplished in recent years to shape the company's portfolio and strengthen its business model," Mr. Rodkin Continued on Page 10 ConAgra names Rodkin new c.e.o. AP/WIDE WORLD PHOTOS Former U.S.D.A. officials urge less spending on programs Floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina gushed through a levee along Inner Harbor Navigational Canal near downtown New Orleans Aug. 30, a day after Katrina passed through the city. A.B.A. seeks less restrictive, simpler identity standards WASHINGTON - While supporting the retention of definitions and standards of identity for bakery products, the American Bakers Association has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to amend existing standards. The petition was sent to the F.D.A. in response to the agency's publication earlier this year of a proposal to modernize the current food standards (see Food Business News of May 24, Page 1). The petition was prepared following discussions with and input from the association's Food Technical Regulatory Affairs Committee. Lee Sanders, A.B.A. vice-president for regulatory and technical services and corporate secretary, described the matter as "an important issue that will impact all bread, bun and roll manufacturers." Ms. Sanders signed the petition together with Continued on Page 20 inside FRESNO, CALIF. - Spending on commodity programs in the next farm bill should be reduced. Instead, greater attention and resources should be devoted to incentives for land conservation and support for rural development and food aid programs, two former senior officials of the U.S. Department of Agriculture advised Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns in a statement prepared for a farm bill forum convened by Mr. Johanns in Fresno on Aug. 12. John A. Schnittker, an economic consultant and former Undersecretary of Agriculture during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and Dr. Willard W. Cochrane, professor emeritus of agricultural economics at the University of Minnesota and director of agricultural economics during the Kennedy administration, also suggested providing the Continued on Page 43 THIS WEEK Ingredient Kansas with large lead in flour production Nisshin showcases Canadian flour mill 26 29 I.B.C. set to close Iowa baking plant 40 Week 47

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