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Theinewsweeklyiofigrain-basedifoods / Hurricane Rita inflicts minimal damage on baking, grain facilities KANSAS CITY - Hurricane Rita's landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border spared major damage to most grain export facilities, bakeries and oil refineries but still caused massive power outages and disruption of business and transportation in the region. Most oil refineries, manufacturing plants, export facilities and transportation services were shut down to coincide with evacuations ahead of the storm's landfall in the early morning of Sept. 24. Unlike Hurricane Katrina, which hit near New Orleans less than a month earlier, there was no direct hit or lingering flooding in heavily populated areas along the Texas coast. Houston largely was spared. LATE Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange were the most affected areas in Texas, while Cameron, Lake Charles and Abbeville in Louisiana had significant damage, according to news and weather reports. Like Katrina, resumption of business activity depended greatly on the restoration of electrical power and the ability of personnel to reach work places. The Houston facility of Bimbo Bakeries USA was down three days coinciding with that city's evacuation, a source at the plant said. The baking plant reopened Sept. 25 and was back to full production by Sept. 29. But the company's depots in Beaumont Continued on Page 12 Johanns introduces MyPyramid version aimed toward children ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Following up on the April launch of its new food guidance system graphic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week unveiled a version of MyPyramid aimed at children. The new graphic and a range of complementary materials were introduced Sept. 28 by Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns. The graphic was presented in a visit by the Secretary to the Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School in Alexandria. In addition to the new graphic symbol, the MyPyramid for Kids includes lesson plans for grades 1 to 6 and an interactive game. "This is a fun approach to addressing the very serious problem of childhood obesity," Mr. Johanns said. "As teachers take advantage of the lesson plans and Continued on Page 46 Health benefits of whole grains reflected in new bagel offerings Story on Page 30 inside OCTOBER 4, 2005 NEWS KANSAS CITY - American Italian Pasta Co. late Thursday said it has retained the management consulting firm of Alvarez & Marsal and named Jim Fogarty of that firm as cochief executive officer. AIPC said Alvarez & Marsal, which also represents Interstate Bakeries Corp., will partner with the company's leadership team "to evaluate its strategic plan, implement various business initiatives and drive Continued on Page 10 AIPC retains Alvarez & Marsal Rene Steiner embraces Buhler heritages of family and progress KANSAS CITY - While in many ways the personification of the traditional, Swiss-born longtime Buhler employee, Rene Steiner, president of Buhler, Inc., is anything but backward looking. To the contrary, Mr. Steiner for many years has been involved in and supportive of a restructuring program launched by Buhler in 1997 aimed at positioning the company for future growth even as it approaches the sesquicentennial celebration of its 1860 founding. Mr. Steiner visited the offices of Milling & Baking News Sept. 20 while in Kansas City for the annual meeting of the American Feed Industry Association. He has been president of Minneapolis-based Buhler, Inc., since July. With Magnus Baumann, director of grain processing at Buhler in Minneapolis, taking a leave Continued on Page 36 THIS WEEK N.Y.S.E. accepts Tasty's business plan 16 Ingredient Unit volume sales soar at La Brea 18 Shake-up at F.D.A. clouds whole grains agenda Week 24 47

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