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THE NEWS WEEKLY OF GRAIN-BASED FOODS AUGUST 28, 2007 / FEATURE ADM unveils major reorganization; Fischer retiring after 34 years Organics overflow Availability of organic ingredients continues to grow, yet food processors should be aware of supply issues, certification and regulations Story on Page 19 LATE NEWS Expanded school food rules considered WASHINGTON - Indications were Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, plans to include in his markup of the farm bill a measure mandating nutrition standards for foods and beverages available in public schools outside the school lunch and breakfast programs. Prepared meals in the schools already must conform with standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Senator Harkin's proposal would set similar standards for snack foods and beverages sold Continued on Page 8 DECATUR, ILL. - Patricia Woertz, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Archer Daniels Midland Co., last week unveiled an organizational restructuring designed to enhance ADM's operating efficiency and provide clearer lines of responsibility for long-term success. As part of the effort, ADM has created a single operations group, responsible for the company's origination, merchandising, processing and marketing functions. Also last week, ADM con- Rice firmed that Craig A. Fischer will be retiring shortly as president of ADM Milling Co., Overland Park, Kas., the flour milling business of ADM. ADM said the reorganization will give about 30 individuals new reporting relationships or increased responsibilities, while eliminating several managerial positions. "The reorganization represents the next step in our process to position ADM for continued success," Ms. Woertz said. "We have defined our longer-term strategy and areas of focus. Now we are aligning our organization and leadership to execute our business plans." John Rice, executive vicepresident, has been given the additional role of leading the new Commercial & Production division. In his new post, he will be responsible for global origination, merchandising, processing and marketing across ADM's major business units. A 30-year veteran at ADM, Mr. Rice joined the company in 1976 as a tax accountant. From 1978 to 1993 he held positions in merchandising and merchandising management. In 1993, he was elected vice-president, and since then has held various senior management positions within the processing divisions, including president, North American Oilseeds and Food Oils, and senior Continued on Page 12 Most states, state groupings gain; much of flour data not comparable WASHINGTON - Flour production in the second quarter and first half of 2007 in a clear preponderance of states increased over the prior year, some significantly, within the revised groupings just issued by the Bureau of the Census of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Among states, the sharpest output gain was in Missouri, where output for the first six months gained 27.2% over the first half of 2006 and was up 31.9% in the April-June quarter over the same three months last year. Minnesota was up 17.5% for the halfyear and 17.1% for the quarter alone, while Ohio rose 5.8% and 12.5%, respectively. (related story on U.S. flour milling production beginning on Page 15.) The new state alignment means data are not available for prior years in some instances. The Census Bureau has elected not to provide past data for three of the states and state groups - California, Nebraska and Iowa and New York and New Jersey. This decision was made to avoid disclosing output for individual mills in those states, or in California's case, for Hawaii, which formerly was combined with California. In comparing April-June production Continued on Page 14

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