Flowers: Will Open Henderson Bakery In Late 2013

Thomasville / GA. (ff) Flowers Foods Inc., the second-largest producer and marketer of fresh packaged bakery foods in the United States, announced that Flowers Baking Co. of Henderson LLC in Henderson, Nevada, will begin production late this year. The bakery was closed in November 2012 when Old HB Inc. (formerly Hostess Brands) began liquidation. Flowers Foods acquired the Henderson bakery and other former Hostess assets in July 2013. «As we have said since acquiring the Hostess assets this past summer, our plan is to open bakeries as we need additional production capacity to meet market demand», said Allen L. Shiver, president and chief executive officer of Flowers Foods. «Henderson is strategically located to help us continue to build market presence in this region». When in production later this year, the Henderson bakery, which will operate as a subsidiary of Flowers Foods, will employ 60 people. It will produce Nature´s Own, the #1-selling bread brand in the U.S., for markets in southern Nevada and parts of California. Flowers Foods currently operates 45 bakeries in the U.S. that produce a wide range of bakery products.