Milling & Baking News - November 29, 2011 - (Page 1)

THE NEWS WEEKLY OF GRAIN-BASED FOODS NOVEMBER 29, 2011 / NEWS Kind words from food industry gadfly NEW YORK — Michael Pollan, the outspoken and influential critic of modern food production, had generous words for bread in a recent profile in The Wall Street Journal. In an “In My Kitchen” column in the Nov. 19-20 weekend edition of the Journal, Mr. Pollan, author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” offered a number of insights into what and how he eats at home. “I could live on bread the rest of my life,” Mr. Pollan said in perhaps his most direct endorsement of any single food. He also identified “Tartine Bread” by Chad Robertson atop his list of favorite cookbooks and described a hand-crank pasta maker as a “great gift” from his wife. “Usually those things end up on a shelf, but we actually use it,” he said. “I mostly make fettuccine.” MBN Ample supplies and economic woes pressure wheat prices KANSAS CITY — Ample world and U.S. wheat stocks, the possibility of even larger supplies in the coming year and concerns about ailing economies, particularly Europe and the United States, weighed on U.S. and world wheat prices and may continue to do so in the next several weeks or even months, according to analysts interviewed by Milling & Baking News. March 2012 wheat futures prices have dropped by about $2.40 a bu in Kansas City, $2.35 in Chicago and $1.22 in Minneapolis from their lateAugust highs as forecasts of world wheat production climbed steadily and strongly higher and equity prices tumbled in response to world economic woes. With the U.S. winter wheat crop entering dormancy, it was thought only unexpected weather problems in the Southern Hemisphere, where the Australian and Argentine wheat harvests were under way, or a broad expansion in demand for wheat or corn, such as heavy China corn buying, could Continued on Page 18 LATE NEWS CHS to acquire Solbar for $133 million ST. PAUL, MINN. — CHS, Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire Solbar Industries Ltd. for $133 million. Headquartered in Ashdod, Israel, Solbar provides soy protein ingredients to manufacturers in the meat, vegetarian, beverage, bars and crisps, confectionery, bakery and pharmaceutical industries. “I believe that this change will prove to be a very important milestone in Solbar’s history,” said Shaul Shelach, chief executive officer of Solbar. “I am Continued on Page 8 Amid long-term optimism, Flowers grapples with near-term challenges THOMASVILLE, GA. — While confident the recent major acquisition by Grupo Bimbo S.A.B. de C.V. would benefit the entire baking industry in the longer term, executives at Flowers Foods, Inc. are highly concerned about near-term uncertainties in ingredient markets. As a result of input cost uncertainties, the company has deferred issuing earnings guidance for 2012. Baking industry consolidation, ingredient market volatility and the company’s earnings outlook were three of a range of issues discussed by top Flowers’ executives in a Nov. 10 conference call. As previously reported, Flowers Foods net income in the third quarter ended Oct. 8 was $31,019,000, equal to 23c per share on the common stock, down narrowly from $31,166,000, also equal to 23c per share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2010. Sales for the quarter were $675,369,000, up 13% from $597,894,000 during the same quarter of the previous year. On the negative side, the executives noted weakness in the company’s warehouse business and sales of white bread as well as describing steps to improve these markets. On the positive side, they said sales of the company’s Continued on Page 13

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Milling & Baking News - November 29, 2011

Milling & Baking News - November 29, 2011
News - Kind words from food industry gadfly
Late news - CHS to acquire Solbar for $133 million
Ample supplies and economic woes pressure wheat prices
Amid long-term optimism, Flowers grapples with near-term challenges
News/Comment - Global food industry holds steady on capital expansion
Editorial - Finding key to diversification by flour millers
Late news - Ken May named president of Krispy Kreme
Late news - Aryzta North American sales climb 9%
Late news - World wheat carryover forecast trimmed
Late news - U.S. Grains adds biotech manager position
Business - Sugar growers seek to bring HFCS companies back into lawsuit
Business - Pepperidge Farm expanding Goldfish facility in Utah
Business - Kellogg debt receives A3 rating but under review for downgrade
Business - ADM Milling celebrates 100 years at Ontario flour mill
Business - Nestle invests in frozen pizza in Germany
Business - International Grains Council creates global grains and oilseeds index
Business - UFood Restaurants adding naan flatbread offerings
Business - Niacet raising prices of certain propionates
Financial Results - Baking and Snacking earnings fall 12% at Campbell Soup
Financial Results - CHS earnings climb 91% to record high in fiscal ’11
Financial Results - Smucker Consumer Foods profit rises 2%; sales climb 13%
Financial Results - Weston Foods income falls 34% in third quarter, sales up 10%
Data - C.P.I. for baked foods and cereals climbs 0.5%
Data - White and whole wheat bread prices ease in October
Export and Trade Issues - Rising prosperity, population gains boost barley malt export trade
Bars Update - Easy meal, big sales
Bars Update - New site for nutrition bars
People - Barry Beracha, former baking executive, to Ralcorp board
People - Julian Geiger named president, c.e.o. of Crumbs Bake Shop
People - New plant manager hired at South Street Bake
People - Terence Block to be president and c.o.o. of Post Holdings
People - Cargill MacMillan Jr. dies at 84
People - Patrick Homoelle promoted at Grain Processing Corp
Industry Activities - Whole Grains Council finds creativity in East and Texas
Industry Activities - U.S.D.A. unveils grants for organic ag products
Supplier Innovations - Use corn germ to save on peanut costs
Supplier Innovations - Xanthan gum benefits gluten-free cakes
Supplier Innovations - Flavorings help save on nut costs
Supplier Innovations - Cargill, BASF seek to add EPA, DHA to canola oil
Ingredient Market Trends
Ingredient Week
Marketplace Business Network
Ad Index

Milling & Baking News - November 29, 2011