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  • Flowers Foods (FLO +0.8%) is in receipt of a second request from the Department of Justice for more information on the dominance of the company's bread business including the impact of its purchase of Hostess products. Industry insiders think the company may have to end up shedding a brand or two to appease the regulators. [View news story]
    Flowers Board of Directors are no fools, they will take time and fight the DOJ in court like they did before when Carter had the DOJ do the same thing in the Carolina's and they finally sold the Raleigh NC plant to bunch of no ones that filed for bankruptcy 6 weeks after taking the plant over and the Sunbeam label and Flowers just put Bunny on the market and then the DOJ came begging Flowers to take the plant back and reopen and Flowers told them to go take a hike and I would say that plant is still standing empty today
    Jun 21 01:07 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Flowers Foods (FLO +0.8%) is in receipt of a second request from the Department of Justice for more information on the dominance of the company's bread business including the impact of its purchase of Hostess products. Industry insiders think the company may have to end up shedding a brand or two to appease the regulators. [View news story]
    Flowers may have to not be able to use all those labels in some areas but they have plenty of competition just about everywhere, also I seriously doubt Flowers will put Nature's Pride back on the market anyway because Flowers had sued Hostess over trademark infringement rights on Nature's Pride because it was so similar to Nature's Own and its one of the reasons hostess filed for bankruptcy this last time. It is going to take time for Flowers to open any of the bakeries back open anyway that way I see it because they are so outdated and it would cost more to run them in their present condition because Hostess had not put any money into capital improvements for at least 10-15 years, plus I think Flowers bought some of those plants to sell the property to help pay for this purchase because a lot of them are prime pieces of real estate and a lot areas they already have plants very close to them now and it would be cheaper to add bread or bun lines at those plants that are already modern and updated plants and in some markets they may let some one else use the labels for a few a years until they are ready to move into that area and pay Flowers a royalty, Flowers is a very smart company and they are going to do what is best for their future.
    May 20 10:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Flowers Foods' Bid for Certain Hostess Bread Brands and Bakeries Moves to Next Phase [View article]
    Its Great to see that Flowers Foods is getting this opportunity maybe someday soon once again the largest Bread Company in the USA will be American owned and operated. Their management style is best bar none, they don'tcare to invest money as long as they see an opportunity to get a return on that investment. Hate to Mr. Deese give up as CEO but Mr. Shiver is an excellent person to replace him, He is a great person and manager.
    Mar 1 01:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Flower Foods (FLO +3.7%) will win the Hostess bread brands after no other bids were received by the company, according to sources. As long as the bankruptcy court approves the deal, Flower Foods will gain control of bread brands Butternut, Home Pride, Merita, and Nature's Pride for $360M. [View news story]
    Flowers always pays a fair wage for a day's work but you got to consider they are trying to open back up 20 plants and put people back to work but I can't see them going away from their management style "The Flowers Way" it has got them to the point they are today from one bakery in 1919 to 64 if they do win the auction for these labels and open all the plants, but they will not let Unions tell them how to run their business, IBC bought off more than they could handle when they merged with Hostess years ago and not update their plants, Flowers has the most modern and productive plants in the world, at a certain point of baking bread if you have the best equipment available after say you bake off 250,000 loaves of bread the rest you bake off is clear profit. You have to make a profit to stay in business and if a company pays you a decent wage and benefits and treats you right what do you need a union for. Right to work laws is the best thing that ever happened, I worked as a route salesman with the steelworkers union and then as a distributor and I feel I paid union dues for 6 years for nothing, I got no benefits from them and even they tried to take a job i had worked and earned away from me and the company stepped in and told them to stay out of it and this was in a non right to work state and I believe the union steward had to be paid off to end the whole thing. My experience is unions are for the ones that don't want to work, Unions had their day in the early 1900's but today unions have outlived their usefulness that is reason you see less and less of them, Labor Relation Boards are the unions of today. Its not a secret Flowers Foods is not a union company less than 1000 of their 10000 employees are unionized and I would say the non union workers make more in wages and benefits than the unionized ones. Unions is why most bread and dairy companies are mostly distributors today is my guess. I like being a distributor you had more freedom as an independent businessman, and the company yes had guidelines and rules even for the distributors but they made sure if you did your part they would make sure you were profitable, so as to your 9 dollars hours, Flowers will pay what they can to reopen these plants and make sure its within the average wage for area in which the area of the country the plant is located, cost of living is different in different parts of the country. I would like to hear of others opinions.
    Feb 27 01:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2013 Smaller-Cap Dividend Growth Portfolio With 4% Yield And Lower Beta [View article]
    Thanks Jeff a very good study of investments, as for Flowers Foods I was working for them when they went on the NYSE I wish now I had done as they subjected and invested 10 thousand USD in it then it would be worth over 120 thousand today even with recent market but we always knew at one time Flowers board of directors would split their stock at $36 for many years back in the 80's and 90's now I think they split around 24-30 so I suspect a split is coming soon the think I like about FLO is they let you know ahead of time when they are going to split so you can buy more shares and you may break even for a little while but it always build right back up, I don't think there has been one unprofitable year for FLO except maybe the year they bought the Winn Dixie bakeries but they learned their lesson there not to let a chain of stores sell you their bakeries that was so unprofitable still control their bread racks. so FLO told they to let them control the racks and make them profitable or find a new supplier. Flowers management team is number one in my book and I think in the Fortune 500 advise too. thanks again for the advice.
    Feb 1 02:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Which Companies Should Buy Hostess' Parts [View article]
    FLO should have bid for the whole company, try the new creme filled TastyKake Krimpets they are better and fresher thanTwinkies and have a smoothier and better taste
    Jan 28 02:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Today marks the deadline for interested parties to submit bids for the well-known brands of Hostess Brands with estimates for the lot ranging as high as $1B-$1.5B. A major focus is still on Flowers Foods (FLO) after the snack foods company expanded its credit facility last week to prepare to jump into the fray. Supermarket chains could also be in the mix. [View news story]
    For Hostess brands to survive it is going to take someone with the management skills and the business structure to revive the brands to a healthy position after being off the market this long or longer because its going to take sometime to even get the product back on the market except maybe if Flowers Foods buys it because they probably already have the capability of taking the surplus packaging that is let over and produce the product in the next 30 days to get the white bread brands back on the market by just putting the new recipes into their computerized machinery and producing a better product than Wonder bread was before because of the updated equipment their plants have, Hostess had not spent any money on capital improvements for at least 2 decades, Hostess cake will be a different story because machinery has to be adjusted or the correct packaging and to produce the small product with right recipes will take some research and development time to get it up to par, but if anyone can do it is Flowers and be profitable at it, plus the decisions on whether to put new routes on or to add it to existing route structure and drop Bluebird to the warehouse division but I would say they already have that worked out in case they are the winner of the bid even if they did bid on it, no matter what overall Flowers comes out a winner in this round.
    Dec 11 03:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Let the buying begin. Now that Hostess can officially entertain offers for its well-known brands in the liquidation process, the guessing game is on over which firm will buy what asset. P-E firms are likely to be an active participants, but Grupo Bimbo, Flowers Foods (FLO +1%), Sara Lee (HSH +0.2%), and Kraft (KRFT +0.1%) are also getting bandied around as potential players. The bidding is expected to be fast and furious with the brands freed from painful union contracts and factory outlays, while Hostess CEO Greg Rayburn expects multiple asset sales instead of a single buyer. [View news story]
    I say Flowers Foods will end up with most of it, go Flowers
    Nov 30 10:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Let the buying begin. Now that Hostess can officially entertain offers for its well-known brands in the liquidation process, the guessing game is on over which firm will buy what asset. P-E firms are likely to be an active participants, but Grupo Bimbo, Flowers Foods (FLO +1%), Sara Lee (HSH +0.2%), and Kraft (KRFT +0.1%) are also getting bandied around as potential players. The bidding is expected to be fast and furious with the brands freed from painful union contracts and factory outlays, while Hostess CEO Greg Rayburn expects multiple asset sales instead of a single buyer. [View news story]
    Let an American company buy and show them how it is done Flowers Foods
    Nov 30 10:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A bankruptcy judge has cleared the way for Hostess to begin its liquidation. Flowers Foods (FLO), a potential buyer for all or part of the assets, +4%[View news story]
    go to work for a real Bread Company Flowers Foods
    Nov 22 03:09 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Mergers Drive Competition in the Snack Food Market [View article]
    "The Flowers Way" is the only way, its their management style and it has a proven track record from 1919 with the most modern plants in the USA, Once they go nationwide no one can touch them, give them a few years, if you are going to invest in them you better do it now
    Nov 20 03:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • P-E firm Sun Capital has set its sights on Hostess Brands, according to reports. The plan would involve reopening factories and keeping well-known brands such as Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and Wonder Bread under the Hostess banner. Co-CEO Marc Leder doesn't buy into the notion the bankrupt firm's products are off-trend, noting consumers is still strong. [View news story]
    Flowers Foods will end up with a part of the Hostess Brands, they know how to bake bread and make money doing it, just remember when they bought Keebler which had not made a penny in years and then in 6 months they were profitable and then after showing someone how to make and bake crackers they sold it and went back to baking Natures Own which put Hostess in bankruptcy this time when Flowers sued them or trademark infringements with the Nature's Pride they tried to copy after Nature's Own. If the government wants to keep the jobs in the USA let Flowers show them how it is done "The Flowers Way" is their management believe generation after generation and it works. I know I did it every day for 20 yrs until an unfortunate accident but I would gladly go back to work tomorrow if ask as an account ex because with a broken back I can't lift those trays any more but I enjoyed everyday I worked there and they treated me with respect and honesty even to this day.
    Nov 20 02:03 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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