On The Call: Sara Lee CEO Brenda Barnes

Food and beverage maker Sara Lee Corp. reported a fiscal second-quarter profit on Thursday. The company is facing moderating commodity costs and has lowered some of its prices in the highly competitive bakery. Chairman and CEO Brenda Barnes discussed the bakery category, which can be very promotional, during a conference call with investors Thursday.

Otis Spunkmeyer Celebrates Hope And Inspiration With Cookie Creation Event

February 5, 2010 Otis Spunkmeyer, Inc.

Otis Spunkmeyer’s second annual Cookie Creation Event, which honors the company’s
support of the Make-A-Wish Foundationthe world’s largest wish-granting
organization benefiting children with life-threatening medical conditions.Otis
Spunkmeyer has sponsored the charity for the past two years and will do so again
in 2010, offering wish cookies for sale from April 15 through June 15, to raise
funds.

Baking Plant For Wal-Mart, Panera Bread, Vons Closes

A Tustin, CA food plant that supplies desserts and pastries to clients ranging
from Panera Bread to Wal-Mart Inc. has closed, forcing the facility to lay off
90 workers.

Barry Callebaut Introduces Innovative Line Of Inclusions

A number of new and exciting chocolate products were exhibited at Barry Callebaut’s
stand at the ISM 2010 trade fair in Cologne including an innovative range of inclusions and decorations designed to add an extra dimension to virtually any food concept.

Construction Begins On Sugar Refinery In SE Louisiana

One of the largest sugar cane refineries in the country is scheduled to begin operations in 2011.