On the Street -- GM Sells A Portion to Pennant

March 19/Mergers & Acquisitions Business -- Pennant Foods entered into a definitive agreement to purchase a portion of the General Mills Bakeries and Food Service frozen bread dough business. Pennant is a member of the Fresh Start Bakeries Family of Companies which operates more than 25 bakeries in nine countries on four continents worldwide.

The sale includes four manufacturing facilities located in Bakersfield, CA; Hazleton, PA; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; and Vinita, OK, and will significantly increase Pennant Foods' production capacity for some of its core focus product lines.

"The addition of these capabilities will greatly enhance Pennant's ability to serve the growing needs of our key customers, as well as open new markets to the company," says Jim Clough, president of Pennant Foods. "We are a customer-centric organization that has enjoyed a strong market position over the years, and this strategic acquisition is indicative of our overall optimism and commitment to growth in our focus categories."

"Our objective is to build on and broaden the products and services we provide to our customers in the global bakery products market," states Craig Olson, president and chief executive officer of Fresh Start Bakeries. "Pennant has been a strong and reliable performer for Fresh Start, and I am confident that the synergies of this acquisition will both solidify and grow the value we provide to our customers."

From the March 30, 2009, Prepared Foods E-dition