Milling & Baking News - March 23, 2010 - (Page 1)

THE NEWS WEEKLY OF GRAIN-BASED FOODS MARCH 23, 2010 / FEATURE Baker of the Year Passion and data fuel change at Tasty Baking P Reinventing the roll Buns and rolls take on new form in changing marketplace Story on Page 42 LATE NEWS Senator unveils Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, unveiled the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 on March 17. The bill, which would provide $4.5 billion in new child nutrition program funding over 10 years, would mark the largest investment ever made in federal child nutrition programs. Previously, the highest increase was $500 million over 10 years. "This proposal is a monumental step forward as we work to end childhood hunger and address the epidemic of childhood obesity in the United Continued on Page 8 erhaps the best way to grasp the distance Tasty Baking Co. has come during the past several years is with a favorite Charles Pizzi story. Among the many needed changes the chief executive officer of Philadelphia-based Tasty identified after joining the company in February 2002 related to basic information technology. "When I arrived here, Charles P. Pizzi there were less than 50 personal computers companywide," Mr. Pizzi, president and chief executive officer, said. "Total. That was with 1,000 employees. Today, we have more than 500 computers spread throughout the organization." The personal computer situation was but one of many ways systems and processes at Tasty needed updating in 2002, but convincing certain associates of the need for computers was difficult. The company had operated largely "computer free" for 80 years, encompassing a full generation of the information age. When supervisors told subordinates that processes Continued on Page 31 Allen Shiver elected chairman of A.B.A. as bakers gather in Florida BOCA RATON, FLA. - Allen L. Shiver, president of Flowers Foods, Inc., Thomasville, Ga., was elected chairman of the American Bakers Association for 2010-12. Mr. Shiver was elected March 14 at the A.B.A. board of governors meeting at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton. As chairman, Mr. Shiver succeeded Kenneth (Chip) Klosterman Jr., president of Klosterman Baking Co., Cincinnati, who completed a two-year term. Other officers elected were Gary Prince, president of Bimbo Bakeries USA, Horsham, Pa., first vice-chairman; Harold (Robin) Alton III, president and chief executive officer of Pano-Gold Baking Co., St. Cloud, Minn., second vice-chairman; Albert Lepage, chairman, Lepage Bakeries, Inc., Augusta, Maine, treasurer; and Mr. Klosterman, immediate past chairman. The nominating committee was chaired by Renato G. (Ron) Turano, chairman of Turano Baking Co., Inc., Berwyn, Ill. In remarks to the board of governors, Mr. Klosterman credited the industry to helping dodge a number of legislative/ regulatory "bullets." "When we met last year, card check Continued on Page 24

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