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THE NEWS WEEKLY OF GRAIN-BASED FOODS MAY 29, 2012 / INGREDIENTS UPDATE Judge allows Hostess motion to reject certain union contracts, denies other WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Judge Robert Drain of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York this month denied a request by Hostess Brands, Inc. to allow it to reject the Irving, Texas-based company’s contract with its biggest union, the Teamsters. The news came a week after Judge Drain said Hostess could reject agreements with its second biggest union, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM). Still awaited is the decision on the fate of 67 collective bargaining agreements with 10 smaller unions that represent 1,165 Hostess employees. Hostess has said that it plans “to continue bargaining in good faith with our unions regardless of the court’s decision, and we intend to stay on that path.” According to Dow Jones, Judge Drain’s oral decision on May 14 to deny the request boiled down to a few issues, including a 1% difference between the pre-tax earnings projected under the company’s proposal and compared to the union’s proposal, and Hostess’ intention to shift only existing employees into more stable multiemployer pension plans. Judge Drain said he wanted new hires to be included in the pension plans, and he also urged Hostess to increase its proposed contributions to the pension plans to a level Continued on Page 12 Old standby fiber steps up in new product development Story on Page 38 LATE NEWS General Mills to buy Brazilian food company MINNEAPOLIS — General Mills, Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire Yoki Alimentos S.A., a privately-held food company headquartered in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. The transaction, which comes less than two weeks after General Mills acquired the ready-to-cook spice and sauce mix product line produced by Parampara Foods, Maharashtra, India, is expected to close during the first half of its 2013 fiscal year. Founded in 1960, Yoki is a family-owned Brazilian company whose Yoki and Kitano branded products hold leading market positions in several food Continued on Page 8 Signature Interview: Purchasing Executive With market volatility up, Marcucci monitors purchasing more closely ver the past few years, attendance at the Sosland Publishing Co. Purchasing Seminar has broadened among baking companies to include not only purchasing executives, but other members of top management, including growing numbers of chief executive officers, chief financial officers and chief operating officers. An understanding why the titles of those in attendance has diversified may be gained in the evolving role in purchasing O over the last 20 years of Lawrence L. Marcucci, president of Alpha Baking Co., Chicago. After largely turning over responsibility in the 1990s to William E. Harp, director of purchasing at Alpha, Mr. Marcucci’s role in purchasing at Alpha Baking has expanded again over the last several years, or since ingredient markets abruptly turned more volatile. “With the market swings, I was doing some second guessing,” Mr. Marcucci Continued on Page 30 Marking nine decades in partnership with grain-based foods

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Milling & Baking News - May 29, 2012
Judge allows Hostess motion to reject certain union contracts, denies other
Late News - General Mills to buy Brazilian food company
Signature Interview - With market volatility up, Marcucci monitors purchasing more closely
Table of Contents
News/Comment - New trading hours for wheat create severe problems
Editorial - Mounting power of economic conditions in grains
Late News - Post earnings fall 64% in quarter
Late News - States given tools to fight SNAP fraud
Late News - Bunge raises quarterly cash dividend 8%
Late News - CHS buys stake in Brazilian export terminal
Business - Ralcorp acquires Petri Baking, baker of wire-cut cookies
Business - White pan bread higher, whole wheat lower
Business - General Mills cutting workforce by 850, sees $109 million charge
Business - Alliance Grain delays plans for pasta plant construction
Business - Bimbo Texas plant to be built in Rockwall
Business - ConAgra Foods buys pita chip business
Business - Agribusiness unit keys heightened optimism at Bunge toward 2012
Business - ADM ahead on global growth efforts, seeking ‘downstream’ investments
Business - Gonnella Baking opens expanded Illinois facility
Business - Expanded electronic trading brings headaches as well as opportunities
Data - January-March flour output sets record for first quarter
Data - C.P.I. for baked foods, cereals climbs 0.3%
Industry Activities - Whole Grains Summit shows need for more collaborative work
Industry Activities - W.G.C. receives Whole Grain Summit award
Industry Activities - Direct shipments of U.S. commodities undergirds emergency response
Industry Activities - USAID introducing high nutrition bar for emergency relief
Ingredients Update - Old standby fiber steps up in new product development
Washington - The shifting climate change debate
People - Jason Ward and Dave Pedro join AMF Bakery in marketing roles
People - Tim Cook to ShickUSA as c.o.o.
People - Keith Anelli joins Baker’s Pride in sales role
Financial Results - Mixed bag for Flowers Foods in first-quarter financial results
Financial Results - Post spin-off sends Ralcorp earnings lower in quarter
Exports and Trade Issues - European 2012 wheat production seen slumping to five-year low
Exports and Trade Issues - U.S. and Colombia implement free trade pact
Ingredient Market Trends
Ingredient Week
Supplier Innovations
Marketplace Business Network
Ad Index

Milling & Baking News - May 29, 2012