Milling & Baking News - May 26, 2015 - (Page 31)

People Former Darden executive to president of Panera Bread ST. LOUIS - Drew Madsen, former president and chief operating officer of Darden Restaurants Inc., has been named president of Panera Bread Co. He will report to Ron Shaich, chairman and chief executive officer. Mr. Madsen will oversee the core cafe business, while Mr. Shaich will focus on strategy, growth initiatives and innovation across the company. Panera has been without a president since Bill Moreton Madsen transitioned out of the position and into the role of executive vicechairman in 2013. Mr. Madsen was president and c.o.o. of Darden Restaurants Inc., the world's largest full-service restaurant company, from 2005 to 2013. During his nine years in that position, the casual-dining company's number of restaurants grew by 61%, sales grew 81% and earnings per share doubled, leading to a total shareholder return of 110%. He earlier was president of Darden's Olive Garden chain and was Olive Garden's executive vice-president of marketing prior to that. Before that, he was president of International Masters Publishers and vice-president/general manager of James River Corp. He began his career at General Mills, where he spent 12 years, progressing from marketing assistant to vicepresident of marketing. He received his bachelor's degree from DePauw University and his master's degree in business administration from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. In addition, Ken Koziol joined Panera as executive vice-president on April 27. Mr. Koziol will oversee a range of cafe support functions. Mr. Koziol previously was with McDonald's, where he was executive vicepresident and worldwide chief restaurant officer. Before that, he led McDonald's corporate innovation function. While at McDonald's, he also was vicepresident of worldwide restaurant innovation; vice-president of worldwide quality assurance; and senior director of U.S. supply chain management. Mr. Koziol received his bachelor's degree from Northeastern Illinois University and his master's degree in business administration from Northern Illinois University. "We are excited to welcome Drew and Ken to Panera, rounding out the strongest senior leadership team we've ever had," Mr. Shaich said. "This is a pivotal time for Panera as we continue to make progress on initiatives to make Panera a better competitive alternative with expanded growth opportunities. Both Drew and Ken are talented and accomplished executives who will augment our organizational capabilities as we work to improve the guest experience through Panera 2.0 (inclusive of digital access and improved operational capabilities); drive consumer excitement through innovation in food, marketing and store design; and build capabilities to grow in adjacent businesses, including catering, delivery and consumer products. Given the strength of our plan and our team's ability to execute that plan, I am evermore confident we will achieve our mission of positioning Panera for significant earnings growth for years to come." MBN Steve Cooper joins Schwebel Baking as chief operating officer YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO - Steve Cooper has joined Schwebel Baking Co. as chief operating officer. Mr. Cooper most recently was general manager at J&J Snack Foods, and earlier was senior vice-president at Hostess Brands. "We look forward to strengthening our team with Steve on board, who will bring his talents, energy and leadership to the next phase of the company's growth," said Paul Schwebel, president. "Steve will help Schwebel's further penetrate our markets and expand our product offerings to appeal to a broader base of consumers." Mr. Cooper said he is looking forward to his new position at the family bakery. "Schwebel's is a dynamic and highly successful company," he said. "I'm pleased to join an organization that has established itself as a premiere regional market share leader with top-selling brands and an extremely loyal customer base. For over a William Fife, longtime A.S.B. and B.C.C. member, dies SCHAUMBURG, ILL. - William H. Fife Jr., former chairman of the American Society of Baking's Exposition Booth Committee and a longtime member of the Bakers Courtesy Club of Chicago, died May 7. He was 87 years old. Mr. Fife began his career in the baking and food service industries in 1954, joining the advertising department of Ekco/Glaco, a baking pan company. Seven years later, in 1961, he co-founded an advertising agency, Mills, Fife, MacDonald in Des Plaines, Ill. / In 1967 he bought out his two partners and became the sole owner of the agency. He led the business for 22 years, eventually closing it in the late 1980s. In 1991, Mr. Fife, along with his wife Bette, founded Creative Marketing Concepts, an advertising agency whose clients include several baking equipment and ingredient suppliers. Mr. Fife was a longtime member of the American Society of Baking, serving as chairman of the Exposition Committee and as a member of the Scientific Committee. He century, Schwebel's has built a reputation any company would be proud of." Schwebel Baking Co., founded in 1906 in the kitchen of Joseph and Dora Schwebel, is one of the largest family-owned, independent baking companies in the United States, producing a variety of fresh bread, buns and rolls under the Schwebel's, 'taliano, Millbrook, Country Hearth, Roman Meal, Sun-Maid Raisin, and Cinnabon brand names. The company operates 4 bakeries and 35 distribution centers. Schwebel's distributes its products in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky. MBN also was a member of the Bakers Courtesy Club for nearly 50 years, serving as president for two years and secretary/treasurer for six years. He received the 2008-09 Robert A. Fischer Distinguished Service Award from the A.S.B. The award recognizes a member of the A.S.B. that has exemplified the meaning of leadership and service to the association. He was preceded in death by wife, Bette. Survivors include three sons, Michael (Catherine Curran) Fife, Greg (Diane) Fife, and Brian (Violetta) Fife; three daughters, Patricia (Dale) Ferguson, Marybeth (John) Bank, and Elise Fife; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. MBN Milling & Baking News May 26, 2015 / 31

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Milling & Baking News - May 26, 2015
Ingredient Update - Winds of change blow through ingredient fundamentals
Stay true to the science, grains group tells guidelines committee
Late News - Campbell baking and snacking unit strong
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News Comment - Asia trade pact crucially important to farm sector
Editorial - Flour output data point to eating trends
Late News
Business - ConAgra Foods to close Wisconsin cookie plant
Mondelez considering changes at Chicago bakery
ADM to acquire Chinese sweetener business
Ardent Mills showcases capabilities with bakery, kitchen on wheels
General Mills wants more from the core of its business
Kellogg’s Bryant: Signs show that cereal trends are improving
Financial Results - Investments a drag on Weston Foods first-quarter income
Post Holdings embraces move to value-oriented R.-T.-E. cereal
Post consolidating cereal businesses
News Feature - Baking mix brand conquers challenges in gluten-free innovation
Exports and Trade Issues - Growth in China’s imports of U.S. agricultural goods slows…for now
People - Former Darden executive to president of Panera Bread
Steve Cooper joins Schwebel Baking as chief operating officer
William Fife, longtime A.S.B. and B.C.C. member, dies
IFIC survey again finds people seek whole grains, fiber
Washington - The unsettled G.M.O. world
Weather Outlook - U.S. Plains rain puts end to multi-year drought
Guidelines timeline
Education and Research - Global warming seen causing wheat yield declines
Supplier Innovations
Ingredient Market Trends - Winter wheat harvest under way
Ingredient Week
Marketplace Business Network
Ad Index

Milling & Baking News - May 26, 2015