Say It Ain’t So!

My grandmother is rolling her grave on this one.

White Lily Flour factory closing (Elizabeth Lee/AJC)

By the end of the month, White Lily Flour, for more than 100 years a staple for biscuits, cakes and pies, will no longer be made in the South.

The flour has been made in the same Knoxville, Tenn., factory for 125 years, where it’s milled to produce the lightest, whitest flour around, one ideally suited for Southern favorites like biscuits. Other flours have higher protein contents, which make them better for sturdier baked goods like breads.

J.M. Smucker, which bought the White Lily brand in 2006 from C.H. Guenther & Sons, will continue making the flour at facilities in the Midwest.

The MIDWEST? Hard winter wheat? Egad.

Buy all the White Lily flour your freezer can hold and hunker down. Southerners have to have their biscuits. Anyone who has ever had a REAL southern biscuit (not those gooey messes that McDonald’s tries to pass off as breakfast fare) knows it is the closest thing to heaven besides a coconut cake from the (now closed) immortal Rich’s Bakery.

First Obama, now this. Surely, Armageddon is upon us.

1 Comment

  1. June 20, 2008 at 10:24 am

    […] Another bastion of Southern Culture to be obliterated by corporate greed. […]


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