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June 22, 2010 FOODBUSINESS NEWS NEWS, MARKETS AND ANALYSIS FOR THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY Smithfield Foods in talks on Butterball ownership stake SMITHFIELD, VA. - Smithfield Foods, Inc. has entered into discussions with its joint venture partner Maxwell Farms, Inc., Goldsboro, N.C., to acquire Maxwell's 51% stake in Butterball L.L.C., the largest turkey producer in the United States, for approximately $200 million. Under the terms of the operating agreement, Maxwell Farms may accept the offer or be required to purchase Smithfield's 49% interest in the venture. The companies expect to conclude the transaction to buy no later than September 2010. "Purchasing the remaining ownership interest in Butterball will afford Smithfield the opportunity to build the Butterba Butterball brand unconstrained by the Continued on Page 10 INSIDE Via he helps to reshape Starbucks portfolio Starb NEW YO YORK - Less than a year after its national launch, Starbucks Via instant coffee has become a rising star of the Seattle-based company's portfolio with eyes on establishing a leadership position in the $23 billion instant coffee category. Howard Schultz, chairman, president and chief executive of Starbucks Corp., elaborated on the initial success of Via as part of the company's larger turnaround effort during the Sanford C. Bernstein Continued on Page 56 Story on Page 33 Ingredients outlook something of a mishmash Grain supplies mostly ample but cocoa, spices, some others limited S omewhat like the economy with its fits and starts related to recovery, there appears to be quite a mix of ample to tight supplies, rising, steady and falling prices for food ingredients this year. In general, supplies of major grains and oilseeds are expected to be ample, with moderate prices reflective of supply, but several other products, including oats, cocoa, sugar, coffee and some nuts and spices, will be in tight supply with strong prices expected. There are exceptions, and weather remains a great unknown. The U.S. Department of Agriculture in its most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates projected record U.S. corn and rice production this year, along with the second largest soybean crop on record and moderately lower wheat outturn. Globally, rice production was forecast to be record high in 2010-11 and wheat production the third highest ever (with wheat ending stocks the largest since 2001-02). Both the United States and Brazil are coming off years of record high soybean production. Speakers at the recent Sosland Publishing Co.'s annual Purchasing Seminar iterated forecasts for ample domestic and global Continued on Page 30

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