Milling & Baking News - November 29, 2005 - (Page 1)

Theinewsweeklyiofigrain-basedifoods / I.B.C. details more consolidation; bakeries escape latest cuts KANSAS CITY - Interstate Bakeries Corp. last week said it plans to consolidate sales and retail operations in its North Central, South Central and Southeast profit centers (P.C.s) by standardizing distribution and consolidating delivery routes and bakery outlets throughout the individual P.C.s. The company's 16 bakeries within these regions, however, are expected to remain open. These consolidations, which will be completed by mid- to late September 2006, are expected to affect approximately 450 employees, I.B.C. said. With last week's announcement, I.B.C. has now completed the restructuring of 9 of its 10 P.C.s and closed seven bakeries. LATE The company originally had anticipated completing its P.C. consolidation process by the end of the year. But due in part to the temporary deferral of this process while discussions with union leaders were continuing, I.B.C. now expects to complete the last of its P.C. consolidations, the one affecting its Upper Midwest P.C., in the first quarter of calendar 2006. I.B.C. said it expects to incur charges of approximately $3 million in connection with the consolidations in the North Central (Illinois and Iowa), South Central (Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma) and Southeast (Alabama, Louisana Continued on Page 9 Study suggests carbohydrate cuts may boost DASH diet benefits CHICAGO - Reducing carbohydrate intake to 48% of calories from 58% in an already healthy diet may reduce the risk of heart disease, according to a study published in the Nov. 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, "Effects of Protein, Monounsaturated Fat and Carbohydrates Intake on Blood Pressure and Serum Lipids," was presented at a "late-breaking trials" session of the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2005. Results of the study could have a farreaching impact, the researchers said. "Our results provide strong evidence Continued on Page 14 N E W S F E AT U R E ConAgra Foods Still a leader in flour milling, innovator in ingredients Story on Page 24 inside NOVEMBER 29, 2005 NEWS BRUSSELS - Ahead of Doha Round trade talks in Hong Kong next month, European Union agriculture ministers reached political agreement on a reform of the Common Market Organization sugar program. According to the E.U., the changes will bring the sugar program in line with the rest of the reformed Common Agricultural Policy and will position the E.U. favorably for the World Trade Organization talks in Continued on Page 8 Europeans agree on sugar reform Food industry grapples with allergen labeling uncertainties WASHINGTON - With time running short before food companies are required to include allergen information on food product nutrition fact panels, there remained considerable uncertainty over whether or how to note on labels possible trace amounts of major allergens unintentionally present in packaged foods. Under the Food Allergen, Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (F.A.L.C.P.A.), food companies beginning Jan. 1, 2006, must include on the Nutrition Fact Panel of each packaged food, information disclosing whether the food or an ingredient used in its manufacture contains any of eight major food allergens: milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts or soybeans. The regulations are straight forward with regard to foods that include as Continued on Page 29 THIS WEEK Danica Patrick to promote Hostess 9 Ingredient Financial results rise at Weston Foods Baked foods, cereal C.P.I. up 1.1% Week 16 22 31

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