PILLSBURY CONSOLIDATING ITS NETWORK OF BROKERS

MINNEAPOLIS -- In a move company officials say will improve service to retailers, Pillsbury here has begun a process that will reduce its broker force from 129 to 48, or one per market.The company, which five months ago acquired Pet Inc., expects to complete the consolidation by next March, with its remaining brokers under one-year renewable contracts. "This is about going to market with one voice,"

MINNEAPOLIS -- In a move company officials say will improve service to retailers, Pillsbury here has begun a process that will reduce its broker force from 129 to 48, or one per market.

The company, which five months ago acquired Pet Inc., expects to complete the consolidation by next March, with its remaining brokers under one-year renewable contracts. "This is about going to market with one voice," said Ken Sobaski, vice president of sales for Pillsbury.

"It's about exercisi

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