Milling & Baking News - February 21, 2012 - (Page 1)

THE NEWS WEEKLY OF GRAIN-BASED FOODS FEBRUARY 21, 2012 / REGULATORY AFFAIRS Bread Product Perspective Millers see opportunity for baking despite alarming sales trends diverse range of forces are contributing to a period of weak demand for sliced bread rivaling, even eclipsing, downturns at the peak of the Atkins era, but a number of promising new product trends offer the hope of staunching erosion. That was the conclusion of marketing and technical services representatives of the three largest flour milling companies. Representatives of ADM Milling Co., Overland Park, Kas.; ConAgra Mills, Omaha; and Horizon Milling L.L.C., Wayzata, Minn., recently offered their perspectives of the bread market in interviews with the editor of Milling & Baking News. Trends in the fresh bread category are genuinely worrisome. A Water and energy costs shock Story on Page 44 LATE NEWS C.P.I. for baked foods, cereals up 0.3% WASHINGTON — The Consumer Price Index for baked foods and cereal products rose 0.3% in January after climbing 0.1% in both December and November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. The index for all food at home, meanwhile, rose 0.7% after climbing 0.3% in December. Of the 18 items followed by Milling & Baking News, 10 posted month-over-month gains, 7 finished lower and one was unchanged. The January index for Cereals and Bakery Products before seasonal adjustment was 266.7% of the 1982-84 average, up 5% from a year ago. For all food Continued on Page 10 According to SymphonyIRI Group (a Chicago-based market research firm), unit sales of fresh bread declined 4.5% in the 52 weeks ended Jan. 22. Dollar sales were up 0.9%. The one-year volume decline likely was the steepest in the history of sliced bread. In the 52 weeks ended Continued on Page 29 Board of trustees approves major overhaul of Grain Foods Foundation WASHINGTON — Having met its initial objective of stemming the decline of baked goods consumption early in the 2000s, the Grain Foods Foundation is adjusting its mission, is relocating to Washington and will be seeking new executive leadership. In a statement issued Feb. 8, the board of trustees said the grain-based foods industry would be better served if it were to refocus the group’s effort. The changes were agreed upon at a Jan. 26 board meeting. While the group will be moving and will be replacing Judi Adams as president, the G.F.F. will remain an independent organization. It will relocate to Washington from Ridgway, Colo. Ms. Adams, who has been president of the foundation since its establishment eight years ago, has been offered the position of chairman of a revitalized scientific advisory board. She also serves as president of the Wheat Foods Council. “G.F.F., founded in 2004, has served as the ‘voice of the grain food industry‘ to counteract the impact of popular Continued on Page 16 Marking nine decades in partnership with grain-based foods

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Milling&Baking News - February 21, 2012
Late News - C.P.I. for baked foods, cereals up 0.3%
Board of trustees approves major overhaul of Grain Foods Foundation
Bread Product Perspective - Millers see opportunity for baking despite alarming sales trends
Table of Contents
Editorial - ‘More crop per drop’ emphasizes water care
Late News - White pan bread higher, whole wheat lower
Late News - Volume down, Campbell baking earnings slip
Late News - U.S., China sign agriculture pact
Late News - Smucker earnings ease on smaller volumes
Business - Teamsters favoring strike at Hostess if benefits cut
Business - Glencore, Xstrata propose merger to form $90 billion resources company
Business - CHS completes acquisition of soy protein provider
Business - Kellogg to acquire Pringles snack business from P&G for $2.7 billion
Business - ADM to shutter North Dakota ethanol plant in April
Business - Bunge finalizes edible oils, fats purchase in India
Business - Bimbo completes $391 million debt issue
Industry Activities - Mike Huckabee to address A.B.A. PAC dinner at convention
Financial Results - Flowers profit off 10% in 2011; fourth-quarter earnings down 27%
Financial Results - Snyder’s-Lance earnings rise sharply in ‘transformational’ year
Financial Results - Quaker, Frito-Lay pace 7% rise in PepsiCo Americas Foods profits
Financial Results - With 2010 gain, Bunge earnings fall in 2011; ag results strong
Financial Results - Panera ups 2012 outlook after 2011 earnings growth
Data - 2012 wheat carryover forecast lowered 3% from January
Washington - Partnership between E.U., U.S. simplifies organic trade
Washington - Administration’s ag budget affirms plan to end direct payments
Regulatory Affairs - Water and energy costs shock
People - John Engelen to join CHS as v.p. of government affairs
People - Caravan hires Johnston as product category manager
People - Panera chief financial officer leaving to join Internet company
People - John McCormick joins Bob’s Red Mill in finance post
People - Two named to product development positions at Bay State Milling
People - Giorgio Minardi to president of Dunkin’ Brands International
Nutrition and Health - C.S.P.I. seeks tougher action on whole grains product labeling
Ingredient Market Trends
Ingredient Week
Supplier Innovations
Marketplace Business Network
Ad Index

Milling & Baking News - February 21, 2012