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Bimbo, industry wait on F.D.A. rulings

March 17th, 2018

Bakers and their ingredient suppliers, eager to put adjustment plans in place, are waiting on new Food and Drug Administration rulings. The F.D.A. has yet to finalize a compliance date for its new Nutrition Facts Panel, and it has yet to rule on whether certain ingredients, including inulin, meet the agency’s definition of dietary fiber.

“The biggest challenge I think that we face, not only at B.B.U. but industry wide, is the indecisiveness of F.D.A,” said Phil Boehm, director of regulatory affairs for Bimbo Bakeries USA, in a panel discussion Feb. 27 in Chicago at the American Society of Baking’s BakingTech 2018

The lack of clarity around dietary fiber might be the biggest regulatory issue, said Brook Carson, vice-president of product development and marketing for Manildra Group USA, an ingredient supplier based in Leawood, Kas.

“I would say the lack of clarity prevents the opportunity for new fibers to come to the market and the opportunity for new innovation from bakers,” she said.

The F.D.A. in the May 27, 2016, edition of the Federal Register defined fiber for the first time. Ingredients may qualify as fiber if they are non-digestible carbohydrates (with three or more monomeric units) and lignin that are intrinsic and intact in plants. Isolated and synthetic non-digestible carbohydrates (with three or more monomeric units) also may qualify if they are the subject of an authorized health claim or if the F.D.A. rules in favor of a citizen petition. The F.D.A. has yet to rule on 12 petitions on 9 different potential fibers.

B.B.U., part of Grupo Bimbo S.A.B. de C.V. and based in Horsham, Pa., has taken a wait-and-see approach to product reformulation involving fiber, Mr. Boehm said. Research and development efforts instead are focusing on such areas as clean label and removing high-fructose corn syrup. Research and development centering on fiber could increase “dramatically” whenever the F.D.A. rules on the petitions on potential fibers, he said.

Scott Gottlieb, M.D., commissioner of the F.D.A., addressed fiber in a March 1 statement about the Nutrition Facts Panel.

“The F.D.A. has been evaluating data submitted to us from the food industry in petitions on various non-digestible carbohydrates and will communicate our decisions on these petitions soon,” he said.

The F.D.A. also issued final guidance that contains more evidence the F.D.A. is looking for on various non-digestible carbohydrates when deciding whether they count as fiber. The guidance may be found here.

The compliance date

The food industry began preparing for the new Nutrition Facts Panel when the F.D.A. unveiled it in May 2016, Mr. Boehm said. The original compliance date was July 26, 2018. Then in September 2017, the F.D.A. proposed to extend the compliance date. Under the proposal, manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales would have until Jan. 1, 2020, to come into compliance, and manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales would have until Jan. 1, 2021.

Now, companies are placing less emphasis on the Nutrition Facts Panel changes since they should have a longer time to comply, Mr. Boehm said.

“It kind of fell by the wayside a little bit,” Mr. Boehm said. “You can take the indecisiveness not only for the compliance date but for the definition of dietary fiber, what we’re doing with added sugar, and the list goes on and on from an F.D.A indecisiveness point of view. So I think the biggest challenge we have is trying to get our head around what’s the dates, what do we need to do and when do we need to do it.”

Dan Herzog, vice-president of corporate compliance and food safety for Gonnella Baking Co., said F.D.A. inaction was creating “turmoil” in the baking industry.

“It’s just amazing at the amount of change that could come through (following F.D.A. rulings),” he said. “One of the biggest challenges that we see out there is the fact that we don’t understand everything that is coming from the F.D.A. We don’t know the dates.”

Schaumburg, Ill.-based Gonnella Baking Co. is keeping its labeling and packaging inventory as low as possible until the F.D.A. finalizes the compliance date for the Nutrition Facts Panel, he said.

Mr. Boehm said B.B.U., like Gonnella Baking, is keeping inventories at a minimum.

“We’ve already converted probably about two-thirds of our packaging right now because we have been working on it since 2016,” Mr. Boehm said.

Dr. Gottlieb in his March 1 statement said the F.D.A. this spring will issue a final rule.

What’s next in labeling?

The panelists were asked what labeling regulatory issues will become paramount after attention fades on the Nutrition Facts Panel issue.

Mr. Boehm said he expects G.M.O. labeling to come to the forefront. Mr. Herzog said G.M.O. labeling, and he also mentioned possible effects from California’s Proposition 65 situation.

Jacinte Côté, Ph.D., product management director for Montreal-based Lallemand, said regulation on front-of-pack labeling could become a priority. The issue already has affected Brazil, Chile, France and the United Kingdom. She gave sodium content on the front of packaging as an example.

“I don’t think it’s going to be very positive,” Dr. Côté said. “It’s going to be like warnings.”



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Bimbo to invest $ 129 million in distribution center in Mexico

September 11th, 2017
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The Bimbo baking company announced today that it will invest 2.3 billion pesos (about 129 million dollars) in the construction of the “largest and most modern” distribution center in the country. Industry in America.

The baking company Bimbo announced today that it will invest 2.3 billion pesos (about 129 million dollars) in the construction of the distribution center “more Large and modern “industry in America.

In laying the foundation stone of the center, which will be located in the Azcapotzalco demarcation of Mexico City, the firm emphasized Which aims to “increase the logistics capacity of the company and improve productivity and distribution efficiency.”

With an investment of $ 129 million, Infrastructure will have the “latest technology in automation and inventory control, to supply sales centers and routes that serve more than 200,000 customers”.

“This is where Bimbo was born more than 70 years ago and grew into a leading company in the world,” said the president and CEO of The company, Daniel Servitje, at a ceremony in which the head of the government of the capital, Miguel Angel Mancera.

The new Metropolitan Distribution Center will cover a surface of 89,000 square meters and its construction will last 18 months, during which it will generate more than 500 sources of employment.

Once in operation, it will generate 350 direct jobs and 1,700 Indirectly.

Bimbo is the largest baking company in the world, with 176 production plants, about 1,800 sales centers in 24 countries and employs about 133,000 people.

The company, which sold $ 13.5 billion in 2016, has more than 13,000 products under more than 100 brands in categories such as box bread, rolls and toast.



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Grupo Bimbo To Purchase U.S. East Balt Bakeries

July 29th, 2017
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Mexico’s Giant Bread Maker Bimbo To Purchase U.S. East Balt Bakeries For $650 million

In a major expansion of its global reach, Grupo Bimbo, the bakery empire owned by Mexico’s second richest extended family, has reached an agreement to buy East Balt Bakeries for $650 million, Daniel Servitje Montull, Chairman of Grupo Bimbo, said in a statement Thursday.

“This acquisition drives Bimbo’s growth strategy to expand our global leadership and serve better and more consumers. East Balt enjoys long-standing strategic relationships with the largest and most established brands in the world. We look forward to East Balt employees soon joining Grupo Bimbo’s family to continue growing in a joint way,” Servitje said in the statement.

Grupo Bimbo will finance the purchase with a long-term credit line, Guillermo Quiroz, Bimbo’s chief financial officer, said in the statement.

The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2017, once regulatory approvals are obtained, Bimbo said. Atlas Advisors is the financial adviser for the transaction, while law firms Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and White & Case are providing legal assistance.

East Balt said in a separate statement that selling to Grupo Bimbo, the largest baker globally, is an “excellent fit.” “Grupo Bimbo’s demonstrated commitment to the bakery category, complementary global footprint and unique asset base provides a strong platform to support customer’s needs,” the Chicago-base company said.

Founded in 1955 in Chicago, East Balt is a global bakery business that produces and supplies bagels, biscuits, English muffins, tortillas and breads in the U.S., Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Grupo Bimbo was co-founded in 1945 by Lorenzo Servitje, who passed away in February of this year. Daniel Servitje Montull, Lorenzo Servitje’s son, became Bimbo’s Chairman and CEO in the 1990s.

The first bakery, which was founded by Lorenzo Servitje’s father, became Grupo Bimbo, a multinational corporation with 170 factories in 22 countries. Over the years, Bimbo has made several acquisitions. In the U.S., Grupo Bimbo’s brands include Entemann’s, Thomas’ English Muffins, Arnold, Nature’s Harvest Bread and Sara Lee (Grupo Bimbo purchased Sara Lee in 2011 for a reported $709 million.) With U.S. headquarters in Philadelphia, Bimbo owns six of the top twelve bread brands in the U.S.

Forbes Mexico’s 2017 billionaire ranking estimated the Servitje family’s net worth at $4.2 billion. Unlike Forbes‘ flagship The World Billionaires ranks, which focuses on individual or nuclear-family wealth, Forbes Mexico ranks include extended family fortunes.

Source: Forbes


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Bimbo to close Canada Bread bakery in Quebec

February 25th, 2017
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Canada Bread Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Grupo Bimbo S.A.B. de C.V., has announced plans to close its bakery in St-Côme-Linière, Que., on May 19. Production of the facility’s bread will be transferred to other Canada Bread bakeries in Quebec, the company said.

“Our industry is under mounting competitive pressure to become more efficient, and this means we have to make very difficult decisions,” said Jennifer Park, vice-president of operations at Canada Bread. “We have been losing volume year-over-year in this facility and have made every effort to maintain the facility. As a result, we must consolidate the volume into another bakery in Quebec where we bake the same products and have the capacity to take on this volume. While this is the business reality, it is hard to make the necessary changes. We are doing everything possible to ease the impact on our people.”

The St-Côme-Linière facility employs 56.

In addition to closing the St-Côme-Linière bakery, Canada Bread said it will move roll-line production from its bakery in Beauport, Que., to its bakery in Vincent-Massey, Que., by September. The majority of employees at the Beauport facility will transfer to the Vincent-Massey plant by March 2018, when Canada Bread begins roll production to meet the summer season peak demand, the company noted.

Canada Bread said the bread baked at St-Côme-Linière and rolls from Beauport will continue to be baked in Quebec, with the exclusion of one panini stock-keeping unit, which will be absorbed within Wholesome Harvest Baking’s existing network.

Canada Bread closed its bakery in North Bay, Ont., in August 2016 and its bakery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in November 2015. The company operates 17 bakeries and employs approximately 4,125 across Canada. The company distributes its products under such brands as Dempster’s, Villaggio, POM, Bon Matin, Ben’s, Healthy Way, McGavins and Vachon through a network of more than 1,200 routes operated by more than 1,150 independent operators and some corporate associates.



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Lorenzo Servitje, who turned Bimbo Bread into international empire, dies at 98

February 4th, 2017
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Mexican bakery magnate Lorenzo Servitje,  who built his Grupo Bimbo into an international snack and baked-goods empire that acquired brands such as Entenmann’s, Thomas, Freihofer’s and Stroehmann, has died. He was 98.

Grupo Bimbo said Servitje died Friday in Mexico City but did not mention the cause of death.

The head of Mexico’s Business Coordinating Council, Juan Pablo Castanon, called his death “a great loss for Mexico.”

Servitje was born in Mexico on Nov. 20, 1918, the son of a Spanish immigrant who started a bakery.

Servitje launched Grupo Bimbo in 1945 with other partners, starting with 38 employees and 10 delivery vehicles.

The company now operates in 22 countries, with 100 brands; it recorded $10.7 billion in sales in 2015.

Starting with bread, the company branched into snacks, tortillas and other bakery products. The company is known for its mascot, a small white bear.

Lorenzo Servitje

Was born in Mexico City on November 20, 1918. His father, an immigrant from Catalonia, Spain, opened his own bakery in 1928 in partnership with misters Bonet and Tinoco under the name El Molino. At the age of sixteen, Don Lorenzo used to work in this bakery during his free time.

While studying accounting at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), his father died unexpectedly and Don Lorenzo took charge of the Pastelería El Molino from 1937 until 1945.

In 1945, Don Lorenzo Servitje together with Jaime Jorba, Jaime Sendra, Alfonso Velasco and José T. Mata founded Panificación Bimbo devoted to making loaf bread.

Bimbo expanded strongly into the United Sates, purchasing Mrs. Baird’s Bakeries in Texas in 1998. Bimbo Bakeries USA acquired the western U.S. baking business of George Weston Ltd., adding brands such as Oroweat, Entenmann’s, Thomas and Boboli.

In 2009, Grupo Bimbo purchased the remaining U.S. fresh baked-goods business of George Weston Ltd., acquiring brands such as Arnold, Brownberry, Freihofer’s and Stroehmann.

Servitje was preceded in death by his wife, Carmen Montull. The couple had eight children, 24 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren.




Bimbo installing biodigester at cake plant

July 16th, 2016
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Bimbo Bakeries USA has begun the installation of a biodigester at the company’s Hazleton baking plant. The system will generate renewable energy and diminish wastewater disposal.

The company said an additional sustainability benefit of the installation will be an overall reduction of 27,750 lbs of carbon dioxide emissions that result when diesel trucks haul off wastewater each week from the plant for disposal.

Referred to as “mechanical stomachs,” biodigesters are fed organic material, which is broken down by microorganisms to produce biogas, a renewable energy.

Referred to as “mechanical stomachs,” biodigesters are fed organic material, which is broken down by microorganisms to produce biogas, a renewable energy.

Referred to as “mechanical stomachs,” biodigesters are fed organic material, which is broken down by microorganisms to produce biogas, a renewable energy.

“We are looking forward to the many environmental benefits provided by the new biodigester,” said James McKeown, director of sustainability at Horsham, Pa.-based B.B.U. “We are continuously looking for ways to build on our commitment to sustainability, and the reduction of our off-site waste discharge will reduce Hazleton bakery’s carbon footprint and natural gas usage.”

B.B.U. expects the biodigester to be operational this fall at the Hazleton cake plant.




Adam Foods to buy Panrico bread assets from Bimbo

April 30th, 2016
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Spanish food maker Adam Foods has reached an agreement to acquire certain Panrico assets in Spain, Portugal and Andorra from Mexican baker Grupo Bimbo.

The agreement could see Adam Foods take control of Panrico’s bread business, including two production plants in Gulpilhares, Portuga, and Teror, Gran Canaria. Adam would also gain patents and licenses to market Panrico products in Italy, Germany and France.

Bimbo struck a deal to acquire European bakery Panrico from private equity firm Oaktree Capital Management in June 2015. Bimbo said yesterday (26 April) that the original acquisition agreement has been amended to include Panrico’s bread assets, which it will simultaneously sell to Adam Foods.

The transaction does, however, remain subject to competition authority approval, with regulatory clearance for Bimbo’s acquisition of Panrico still pending.

In a statement, Bimbo said it expects the deal to be completed during the second half of 2016.

Adam Foods participates in the Spanish and Portuguese cookie and cakes categories. The company also makes soups, pates and honey with brands like Artiach, Cuétara, Tostarica, Chiquilín and Granja San Francisco.

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.



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About Bimbo bakeries

October 24th, 2015
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Not everyone is familiar with the Bimbo Bakeries USA name. However, probably everyone in the United States has enjoyed at least one of the company’s many products at one time or another.

Thanks in great part to its focus on providing the best quality, freshest baked goods at a great value to customers and consumers, Bimbo Bakeries USA became the nation’s largest baking company.

Although many of its brands can trace their histories back to the late 1800s or early 1900s, Bimbo Bakeries USA’s story begins in 1994, when Grupo Bimbo – Mexico’s largest baking company with operations in 19 countries – purchased La Hacienda, a California-based tortilla company. Bimbo Bakeries USA then entered the U.S. bread market in 1997 with the acquisition of Pacific Pride Bakeries of San Diego.

The company grew again in 1998 with the purchase of Mrs Baird’s Bakeries in Texas, which at the time was the largest family-owned bakery in the U.S. The combined operations were renamed Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) with headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.

In 2002, BBU acquired the Western U.S. baking business of George Weston Ltd., adding such iconic premium brands as Oroweat bread and buns, Entenmann’s sweet baked goods, Thomas’ English muffins and bagels and Boboli pizza breads. In 2009, Grupo Bimbo purchased the remaining U.S. fresh baked goods business of George Weston Ltd., adding brands such as Arnold, Brownberry, Freihofer’s and Stroehmann and making BBU the largest baking company in the U.S.

In 2011, BBU completed its largest acquisition to date: Sara Lee’s North American Fresh Bakery business. Adding Sara Lee’s bread business doubled in size, enabling us to better able to deliver on our mission: to nourish, delight and serve America every meal, every day.

Today, BBU operates more than 65 bakeries, employs more than 25,000 associates and distributes products through 12,000 sales routes throughout the United States.




Bimbo implements sustainable policy

September 26th, 2015
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Grupo Bimbo announced its responsible palm oil supply policy implementation, strengthening their commitment to environmental protection and human rights.

“This new policy reinforces the commitment we have had in recent decades with the environment and the community, they have evolved and strengthened over the years,” said Daniel Servitje, Chairman and CEO of Grupo Bimbo .

With this policy the company seeks to maintain a transparent global supply chain, by mapping palm oil from its supply source to the plantations, requiring its suppliers to commit to its production and supply from sources that comply in operations with Bimbo policies.

The policy requirements include: no deforestation, no development on peat (regardless of depth), the non-exploitation of indigenous peoples, workers and local communities, and traceability. Regarding the no deforestation, the prohibition of development in both areas of High Conservation Value (HCV), and in forests with high carbon stocks (HCS) is included.

Additionally, suppliers will not use burning for land clearing, replanting, or other developments. Those who do not meet these requirements will be subject to non-renewal or termination of contracts.

This policy covers palm oil, palm kernel oil, and any derivative of palm oil used in Grupo Bimbo products worldwide. It will be a requirement that suppliers achieve traceability to the plantation of origin.

To comply with this policy, Grupo Bimbo will present an action plan at the end of 2015, which commits to report on its implementation twice a year. The company will work hand in hand with external partners in order to map and assess its supply chain and develop a plan to work together with their suppliers, with the aim of achieving and verifying compliance with the policy.

Source: Abasto


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Bimbo Bakeries recalls bread products in US over glass contamination

September 4th, 2015
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Bimbo Bakeries is voluntarily recalling its bread products in the US as they may contain glass fragments.

The recalled products include bread products under the Sara Lee, Kroger, Bimbo, Nature’s Harvest, Great Value and L’Oven Fresh brands.

Some of the recalled products include 16oz Kroger 100% Whole Wheat Round Top Bread, 20oz L’Oven Fresh Fit & Active Multigrain Bread, 20oz Sara Lee 100% Whole Wheat Bread and 16oz Great Value 100% Whole Wheat Roundtop Bread.

The company believes that the problem may have been caused by a broken light bulb at one of its bakeries.

The recall has been initiated after receiving three consumer reports of small pieces of glass found on the outside of the bread. However, no illnesses have been reported associated with consumption of these products.

All recalled products are being removed from store shelves. No other Bimbo Bakeries products are known to affected by the recall.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are advised to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.



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