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GM HOLDS BAKING SEMINAR. (above) General mills Corporate Chef Scott Scherer encourages naCuFS members to creatively explore new baking ideas during the NACUFS Continental region baking seminar, held recently at the General mills headquarters in minneapolis. (insets) David leach of the university of WisconsinStout and renee bastas Central College in Pella, ia, show off their creation, while lori nachtman of bowling Green (OH) State university practices her skills.

REPRESENTIATIVE OF BREW CITY, a McCain Foods brand that markets premium beer battered fries and appetizers, recently presented the Winneshiek medical Center Foundation in Decorah, ia, with a $10,000 donation on behalf of T-bock's Sports bar & Grill, the grand prize winner of the brew Something Good 2006 Fall Promotion. Pictured are (from l.) Winneshiek medical Center marketing representative mary marx, roisum elite bSr Trent allmandinger, mcCain regional Sales manager bill neider, brew City Director of marketing Paul Gere, mike & Dominique bockman of Tbock's Sports bar & Grill, mcCain Central Division Sales Director Guy Verrona and Winneshiek medical Center nurse manager mary Sender.

THEY'VE GOT BREAKFAST! Pictured here are (l. to r.) Camellia Patey of the National Dairy Council, Jean Chrostosky of Nokomis, Gary Davis of East Side Entrees, Kim Main of General Mills, Lynn Parker of the Food Research & Action Center, Betsy Kelly of Maple Elementary, Tami Cline of the "got breakfast?" Foundation, Donna Lombardi of Worcester County Public Schools, Max Finberg of the Alliance to End Hunger, Patience Butler of Share Our Strength and Allison Slade of Namaste Charter School. The got breakfast? grants were made in conjunction with the anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength during the School Nutrition Association's recent Annual National Conference

Tyson Focuses on latino Hunger
Tyson Foods is teaming up with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and America's Second Harvest-The Nation's Food Bank Network to produce an in-depth study of the extent and root causes of hunger among Latinos. The company also pledged to donate one million pounds of food over a three-year period to America's Second Harvest foodbanks serving Latino and Hispanic populations.

To announce the collaboration and to kick-off the pledge, Tyson representatives made an initial donation of a truckload of more than 35,000 pounds of protein products to the Chicago Food Depository, whose member agencies serve Latino communities in the Chicago area.

Simplot Holds Healthcare Operator university
Recently, 21 leading healthcare segment operators attended the first Healthcare Operator University held at Simplot headquarters in Boise, ID. Operator University is an intensive biannual training conference certified by the American Culinary Federation that Simplot customizes to meet the needs of its target operator segments. This year the curriculum was designed to focus on nutrition and wellness, a key issue confronting healthcare foodservice operators.

Operator University included speakers like Marianne Smith Edge, president of MSE & Associates, LLC, and Eric Eisenberg, executive chef at Seattle's Swedish Medical Center. The event also included a tour of Simplot's potato processing facilities in Caldwell, ID; and a hands-on opportunity to prepare healthy meals incorporating value-added Simplot products.

"This was a great opportunity to network with peers from across the country," says Jim Warner, associate director at Ohio State University Medical Center. "The products were excellent, well thought out, and the speakers were relevant to all in attendance."

"Operator University brought forth an explosion of passion for food and being able to share with comrades and friends," added Mike Goodrich, executive chef at Oregon Health & Science University. "It was a foodie retreat of global proportions and perspectives."

J&J adds Veteran exec
J&J Snack Foods Corp. has named Vincent Melchiorre executive vice president and president of its Country Home Bakers unit. He will be responsible for sales and marketing of J&J's snack food businesses as well as overall management of Country Home Bakers. He will also assume the role of Chief Marketing Officer, replacing Michael Karaban, who had previously announced his retirement effective October 2007.

Melchiorre was most recently senior vice president of Weston Foods USA, responsible for leadership of the $1.2 billion Bread and Roll business. Prior to that he was senior vice president of sales and Chief Marketing Officer for the Tasty Baking Co.

He previously spent over 20 years at The Campbell Soup Co., where he held the positions of vice president of marketing for Pepperidge Farm's Biscuit & Cookie Division and, before that, business director of the company's flagship Red & White Soup business.

Coke to Distribute V8
Coca-Cola has signed an agreement with Campbell Soup Co. to distribute Campbell's vegetable juice drinks.

The agreement, which also was made with Coke's largest bottler, includes Campbell's V8, V8 V-Fusion, V8 Splash and tomato juice in containers of 24 ounces or less, and will expand the products' reach from supermarkets and large retailers into c-stores, delis and vending machines.

The deal also fills adds healthy juices to Coke's portfolio, which previously had largely been confined to fruit drinks, water and carbonated beverages. Analysts say the deal could double or triple Campbell's single-serve business.

Middleby Acquires Carter Hoffman
The Middleby Corp. has acquired commercial heated cabinet holding equipment maker Carter Hoffmann from Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, Inc., for $16 million in cash. Carter Hoffmann has annual revenues of around $20 million.

"This transaction broadens Middleby's portfolio of products in the foodservice equipment industry and provides an entry into the heating and holding equipment segment, a segment that is estimated to have annualized revenues of $150 million," says Chairman/CEO Selim Bassoul.

"Carter Hoffmann is a well recognized brand and long-standing industry leader that has been serving the foodservice industry for 60 years with a broad product portfolio of heated cabinets, rethermalizing equipment, and food serving equipment."

Got breakfast? Announces Grants
The "got breakfast?" Foundation has awarded grants to three Illinois schools and one Massachusetts school to help them implement Classroom Breakfast programs. The grants, totaling approximately $30,000, were awarded to Namaste Charter School in Chicago, Maple Elementary School in Loves Park, IL, Nokomis (IL) Junior and Senior High School and Woodland Primary and Claremont Academy Secondary of Worcester, MA.

The group says it chose Illinois schools because of the state's standing as the second-lowest in School Breakfast and Lunch Program participation among low-income students, according to a recent study by the Food Research & Action Center. The grant for the Massachusetts school was given to help them implement their first-ever Classroom Breakfast Program.

Lancaster Buys Biscuit Maker
Lancaster Colony Corp. has acquired Marshall Biscuit Company, Inc., a privately owned producer and marketer of frozen rolls and biscuits to retail and foodservice customers. The acquisition helps forward the company's efforts to focus on its food operations, says Bruce Rosa, president of Lancaster Colony's Specialty Foods Group.

"This acquisition provides us access to private-label accounts, new products and additional manufacturing flexibility," he notes. "Marshall's strength in the private-label channel nicely complements our Sister Schubert's branded rolls. We remain interested in growing our specialty foods business through further good-fitting acquisitions such as Marshall Biscuit." Marshall's net sales are over $11 million annually.

News Briefs

basic american Foods has acquired fresh/prepared foods maker Harry's Fresh Foods. Harry's markets a range of fresh and prepared foods like soups, chilis, stews, side dishes, entrï¿´´es, sauces, gravies and desserts. Company founder Rod Harris will continue as president/CEO of the unit and operations will continue to be based in the company's 80,000sq.ft. plant in Portland, OR.

The J. M. Smucker Co. has acquired Eagle Family Foods Holdings, Inc., a producer of sweetened condensed and evaporated milk to retail and foodservice channels. In addition to Eagle, the company also markets other branded products like Magnolia sweetened condensed milk, None Such mincemeat, Borden EggNog and Kava acid-neutralized coffee.

Fishery Products international, Inc., has added Owen Tilley as executive chef. His previous experience includes tenures working with Robert del Grande of Cafe Anne in Houston, Dean Fearing at Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas and Chris Schlesinger of the East Coast Grill in Boston. Between 2005 and 2006, he served as the executive chef of Tremont 647 in Boston, then joined the Back Bay Restaurant Group to lead the development of Bouchee Urban Brasserie, another successful Boston concept.

Conagra Foods, Inc., has acquired privately held natural foods maker Alexia Foods Inc. Alexia markets a leading natural frozen potato brand along with "all natural" and organic appetizers and artisan breads.

Hobart has announced its sponsorship of the 2008 FAME (Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence) Awards, presented each year by the School Nutrition Association (SNA) to recognize school foodservice executives for leadership, dedication and innovation in six categories. The 2008 FAME Awards will be announced at SNA's January Child Nutrition Industry Conference in Monterey, CA.

Royal Cup Coffee has launched a commercial sales division to target new customers in segments like government agencies, airlines, vending companies and individual consumers. The division will be headed by Don Bevill, a 21-year veteran of the company.

Unified brands has added Blair Alford as vice president of sales. Most recently, he served as vice president of sales for Tembec USA.

Torani/r. Torre & Co. has added Jackie Bresie as vice president of sales. She had been vice president of sales strategy for Henkel/Dial Corp. and also spent more than 10 years as the national trade marketing manager for Quaker Oats, followed by over 10 years as the director of sales for Bayer AG Healthcare.

Kirkwood Communications has added Kristen Minnis as an account executive. She will aid in the daily management of foodservice accounts such as Equal, Cardinal International and iSi North America.

Esrock Partners has added Sara Simonis and Nancy Petro. Simonis' primary responsibilities will be to provide expanded PR and general media planning support and she will also be involved in both quantitative and qualitative research projects and will provide additional support to the copy team. Petro will serve as a senior account manager and her primary responsibilities will be to provide account leadership in the areas of brand planning, communications plan development and overall project management.

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