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THE NEWS WEEKLY OF GRAIN-BASED FOODS MARCH 31, 2015 / BAKING HALL OF FAME 2015 Baking Hall of Fame 2015 BAKING HALL OF FAME / Milling & Baking News March 31, 2015 / 29 Story on Page 29 LATE NEWS ConAgra loss tops $954 million in quarter OMAHA - Struggles in the company's store brand business led to a loss of $954.1 million at ConAgra Foods, Inc. in the third quarter ended Feb. 22, which compared with income of $234.3 million, or 56c a share, in the same period a year ago. The results included a $1.3 billion charge taken on the company's private brands segment, which came on the heels of a $247 million write-down on the store-brand unit in the second quarter of fiscal 2015. Net sales fell 1.8% to $3,876.7 million. Operating profit in the company's Consumer Foods unit increased 3% to $274.2 million from $265.1 million, while sales fell Continued on Page 8 Kraft Foods and H.J. Heinz in definitive merger agreement PITTSBURGH - The H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group, Northfield, Ill., have entered into an agreement to merge the two companies. When the transaction is completed, Heinz shareholders will own 51% of the combined company which is to be called The Kraft Heinz Co. The combination will make The Kraft Heinz Co. the third largest food company in North America with estimated sales of $28 billion. Together the new company will have eight brands with sales in excess of $1 billion and five brands with sales between $500 million and $1 billion. According to H.J. Heinz, the complementary nature of the two brand portfolios presents substantial opportunity for synergies, which will result in increased investments in marketing and innovation. A statement outlining the merger estimated synergy potential to be approximately $1.5 billion by the end of 2017. In the most recent year, Kraft Foods Group, Inc., had net earnings of $1,043 million on net revenues of $18,205 million. The company's net profits were down 62% from the year before. In the company's breakdown of its business by segment, Kraft estimated that Cheese accounted for 22% of sales in 2015; Refrigerated Meat, 19%; Beverages, 14%; Meals/ Desserts, 12%; Enhancers and Snack Nuts, 11%; Canada, 11%; and Other Businesses, 11%. Kraft Foods Group was created in October 2012 in the breakup of Kraft Foods Continued on Page 10 Millers forecast 16% decrease in soft red winter wheat production NAPLES, FLA. - A panel of millers addressing the annual soft wheat division meeting of the North American Millers' Association at Naples on March 17 forecast soft red winter wheat production in 2015 at 380,869,000 bus, down 74,428,000 bus, or 16%, from 455,297,000 bus in 2014. If the forecast were to be realized, the 2015 soft red winter wheat crop would be the smallest since 219,209,000 bus in 2010 and would compare with 421.7 million bus as the recent five-year average outturn. Panelists indicated that production would be lower in all principal regions and in nearly all states. The widest production decline from 2014, 23%, was forecast for the aggregated region embracing the South, the Delta states and the Southwest. Eighteen per cent production decreases were forecast for the Central states and Midwest. Narrower declines from 2014 were forecast for the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. Grover Van Hoose, merchandising manager, The Mennel Milling Co., Fostoria, Ohio, was chairman of the soft Continued on Page 17

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Milling & Baking News - March 31, 2015
Kraft Foods and H.J. Heinz in definitive merger agreement
Millers forecast 16% decrease in soft red winter wheat production
LATE NEWS - ConAgra loss tops $954 million in quarter
Table of Contents
News Comment - Little m.&a. fever revealed in market response to Kraft
Editorial - Omission from Kraft-Heinz products
Late News
Business - Flour report going live: NASS mailing surveys to mills
Grupo Bimbo sets plans to close Canada Bread plant in Nova Scotia
Monsanto settles with some growers over Oregon wheat incident
Barilla to move Region Americas headquarters in Illinois
Broadening breakfast platform, Taco Bell to debut Biscuit Taco
Bella Four ending bread, donut production in Hazelwood
Bunge sells Cincinnati grain elevator to Vogt Warehouse
Bill seeks to avoid patchwork of state G.M.O. labeling laws
NAWG hires legislative director
Industry Activities - N.G.F.A. seeks balanced approach to agricultural biotechnology
K.S.U. study findings may speed up wheat breeding cycles
Cain’s Tom McCurry to lead A.T.B.I.
People - Mondelez names Rob Hargrove as executive vice-president of R.D.&Q.
ADM appoints presidents for oil, oilseeds
Data - Retail bread prices reverse course in February
C.P.I. for baked foods, cereals eases 0.2% in February
Food Ingredient Solutions - More than whole grain
Taking whole grains global
Baking Hall of Fame 2015
Competitors enter Hall together
George E. Deese, Flowers Foods, Inc.
Donald K. Dubois, AIB International
Kermit and L.M. (Pete) Murphy, Mother Murphy’s Laboratories
Gary J. Prince, Bimbo Bakeries USA
Jonathan, Brett and Ross Warburton, Warburtons
Washington - Is trade reform coming?
Weather Outlook - World dry pockets dominated by western North America
Financial Results - S.k.u. rationalization in North America cuts into Aryzta revenue
While category soft, certain cereals sparkle for General Mills
MGP Ingredients turns corner with renewed profitability in fiscal 2014
Nutrition and Health - Key gaps in D.G.A.C. research on grains cited in Gaesser testimony
Ingredient Market Trends - I.G.C. sees 2015-16 world wheat crop down 1%
Ingredient Week
Supplier Innovations
Marketplace Business Network
Ad Index

Milling & Baking News - March 31, 2015