Milling & Baking News - September 15, 2015 - (Page 1)

THE NEWS WEEKLY OF GRAIN-BASED FOODS SEPTEMBER 15, 2015 / WASHINGTON Bread Product Perspective Bakers seek more than bottom-line strength A Regulating demand is no easy task Story on Page 34 LATE NEWS Bimbo adopting palm oil policy HORSHAM, PA. - Grupo Bimbo S.A.B. de C.V. has introduced a new policy designed to build a fully traceable and responsibly sourced palm oil supply, the company said Sept. 10. Policy requirements include no deforestation, no development of peatland (regardless of depth), no exploitation of indigenous people, workers and local communities, and traceability. Suppliers that do not meet the standards could face loss of contracts with Grupo Bimbo. Suppliers will be required to achieve traceability to the mill and to the plantation level. The policy covers palm oil, palm kernel oil and any palm oil derivatives used Continued on Page 8 fter several years of industry wide upheaval, signs of vitality have been emerging from the nation's largest bread companies. Financial results released during 2015 so far have indicated profitability rebounding nicely. For example, operating income of the U.S. and Canada business of Grupo Bimbo S.A.B. de C.V. in its most recent quarter, climbed 47% from the same period in 2014. Year-to-date operating income was up a heftier 65%. Net income of Flowers Foods, Inc. in its most recent quarter was a record $51.8 million, up 23%, and six-month net income was up 10%. While top executives at both companies were cheered by the strong bottom-line results, baking industry executives have been rattled by continued overall weakness at the top line. Even as profitability has improved, sales volume of baked foods, including bread, has been flat to weak. Sales of fresh bread in the 52 weeks ended Aug. 9 totaled $8,871,372,800, an impressive figure but down 0.6% from the year before, according to data from I.R.I. Infoscan Reviews. The data cover sales from supermarkets, drug stores, mass market retailers, military commissaries and certain club and dollar stores. Bread unit volume was 3,823,356,160, down 1%. The weakness in the bread market was not evenly spread across the industry. Particular pressure was evident at B.B.U., which is broken Continued on Page 27 Grain and Milling Management Ardent Mills coming into its own D ays after Ardent Mills L.L.C. first began operating in June 2014, the company's top executives expressed a commitment to "bringing a new approach" to the flour milling industry. While creating a new and distinctive business has been a priority from the outset, Dan Dye, chief executive officer, recently said the words have deeper meaning at Ardent Mills now with more than a year's experience under management's belt. "The first few days, it's easy to say that," he said. "Now, a year later, we're much further into it. We see things much more clearly. We're still on a journey, but we've come a long way." In a recent interview with Milling & Baking News, Mr. Dye and Bill Stoufer, chief operating officer, offered their thoughts on Ardent Mills' first year of business and the company's and milling industry's future. The interview was Continued on Page 36

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Milling & Baking News - September 15, 2015

Milling & Baking News - September 15, 2015
Bread Product Perspective - Bakers seek more than bottom-line strength
Grain and Milling Management - Ardent Mills coming into its own
Late News - Bimbo adopting palm oil policy
Table of Contents
Editorial - Precision agriculture a good name
Late News
Business - Kellogg highlights portfolio shift toward snacks from cereal
East Balt becomes sole owner of two South African bakeries
Flowers buying Alpine Valley Bread; second acquisition in organic baking
‘Nimble’ Ardent Mills closes on acquisition from Mondelez
Leaf Brands begins production of Hydrox cookies in original formula
Smucker sees simple ingredients as gateway to growth
Caribou Coffee, Einstein Bros. partner on new concept
Mrs. Freshley’s launches cookies with whole grains
Financial Results - Campbell Soup baking and snacking earnings climb in year
Krispy Kreme C.P.G. business ‘softer than planned’
People - Pat Bowe to succeed Mike Anderson as chief executive at The Andersons
Tom Pigott named vice-president of finance and c.f.o. at MGPI
Industry Activities - Council survey shows gains in whole grains consumption
Washington - Administration defends school nutrition standards
International - Mondelez grows with new chocolate production line in Poland
Nimman Foods to acquire Modern bread business
Royal DSM announces plans to cut 900 to 1,100 positions
Regulating demand is no easy task
Offering customers much more than just many mills
Breaking down siloes while evoking actual grain siloes
Nutrition and Health - U.S.D.A. offering grants to bolster healthy school meal preparation
Grain chain cooperating in effort opposing user fees to fund F.S.M.A.
Export and Trade Issues - Global trade in wheat flour holding in total but major country changes
International - Ingredion manufacturing network in Brazil set for consolidation
E.C. clears ADM acquisition of Belgium oil bottling company
Ingredient Market Trends - U.S.D.A. raises 2016 wheat carryover to 875 million bus
Ingredient Week
Supplier Innovations
Marketplace Business Network
Ad Index

Milling & Baking News - September 15, 2015