Flowers Foods Announces Transition In Manufacturing Leadership

Jan 23, 2015, 12:30 ET from Flowers Foods

THOMASVILLE, Ga., Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO), the second-largest producer and marketer of packaged bakery foods in the United States, today announced two executive transitions in the company's manufacturing leadership, effective immediately:

  • Michael A. Beaty, formerly executive vice president of supply chain, will retire in spring of 2015. Until then, he will serve as executive vice president and oversee special projects for the company.
  • Robert L. Benton, Jr., formerly senior vice president of manufacturing and operations support, has been named senior vice president and chief manufacturing officer.

"During his 47-year career with Flowers Foods, Mike has been instrumental in creating a network of bakeries that—while maintaining high standards of baking and quality—are some of the most efficient in the country," commented Allen L. Shiver, Flowers Foods' president and chief executive officer. "Now, he passes the baton to Robert, who has more than 30 years of experience in bakery manufacturing and construction."

Beaty began his career at Flowers in 1968 and worked in manufacturing at a number of bakeries before joining the manufacturing team at corporate headquarters in Thomasville. He was named senior vice president of bakery operations in 1994, senior vice president of supply chain in 2002, and executive vice president of supply chain in 2008.

As senior vice president and chief manufacturing officer, Benton oversees all production facilities and associated capital expenditures, leading the company's manufacturing and engineering teams. Benton is responsible for major capital projects, including new bakery start-ups and expansions, which are an area of focus for Flowers Foods. He also oversees regulatory/quality assurance and safety/environmental affairs.

Benton joined Flowers in 1980 and has held a number of local, regional, and corporate manufacturing roles for the company. In 2011, Benton was promoted to senior vice president of manufacturing and operations support. He has also served in leadership roles with a number of industry groups, including the American Institute of Baking, Baking Equipment Manufacturers and Allied, and the American Society of Baking, where he served as chairman from 2008-2009.

About Flowers Foods

Headquartered in Thomasville, Ga., Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) is one of the largest producers of fresh packaged bakery foods in the United States with 2013 sales of $3.75 billion. Flowers operates bakeries across the country that produce a wide range of bakery products. Among the company's top brands are Nature's Own, Wonder, and Tastykake. Learn more at www.flowersfoods.com.

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