Milling & Baking News - November 13, 2012 - (Page 7)

Many milling positives in tough environment he beautiful North Carolina countryside in its adequate supply of optimum quality grains. In pressing autumn splendor offered an excellent comple- for an even tighter focus on these objectives, the review ment to the upbeat group of millers gathered prompted Mr. Maass to create two important new comrecently for the annual meeting of the North Ameri- mittees dedicated to nutrition and biotechnology. can Millers’ Association. Milling has gained from The nutrition committee, chaired by Dan Dye of Honumerous positives, many of which stem directly or rizon Milling L.L.C., is taking the deepest look yet at indirectly from how it has responded to some of its the potential benefits of fortifying flour with vitamin D. great challenges. Millers have benefited from broad Stated most simply, milling is looking at what would be customer base diversification, a string (broken in 2013, involved in turning flour-based foods into an “excellent unfortunately) of crops with unusually fine qualities, source” of vitamin D. The issues under study include stable industry structure, using capital expenditures to deciding which form of vitamin D to incorporate (D2 improve existing facilities rather than adding capacity versus D3) and ensuring fortification remains intact in in a flat market and convincingly capable leadership. the finished product and that the vitamin does not affect The meeting’s positive tenor was especially reward- product quality. The health benefits of vitamin D were ing given the many offsetting forces that are cause described to the millers in the meeting’s general session for concern, if not outright worry. In addition to the by the preeminent expert on the subject — Dr. Michael wrenching transformation under way in the indus- Holick, a professor at the Boston University School of try’s core wholesale baking customer base, the mill- Medicine. Dr. Holick’s enthusiastic presentation was as ers continue to contend with informative and as memorable Wheat-based foods would benefit fad diets and worrying flour as any talk given at NAMA in from meaningful positive news as a usage trends, dismal export many years. He reminded that counter to the incessant negativism flour business, a less than rofortification of bread with vitaof wheat naysayers. bust economic climate, uncermin D would not be new — the tainty over highly important practice was widespread and food safety regulations, jarring market volatility and heavily promoted in the 1940s. Whether the industry ula precarious U.S. wheat production base. timately goes forward in pursuing fortification remains Beyond the benefits milling’s leadership has brought to be decided, but the proactive and cooperative work to individual companies, this capable direction has been recognizes the potential promise of vitamin D for iman immense plus for NAMA. A case in point was the proving public health and the unique, collective advanstrong contributions of the outgoing chairman — Paul tage of working together for an industry whose prodMaass of ConAgra Foods, Inc. Truth be told, at least ucts have unmatched dietary penetration. Wheat-based some nervousness about the term of Mr. Maass arose foods would benefit from meaningful positive news as a when, just before he took the NAMA gavel, he received counter to the incessant negativism of wheat naysayers. a major promotion and challenging task as new presiThe biotechnology committee, chaired by John dent of his company’s Commercial Foods unit. This Gillcrist of Bartlett Milling Co., is focusing its work came at a sensitive time for NAMA, coinciding with the on participation in the Wheat Innovation Alliance, a beginning of Mary Waters’ tenure as NAMA president. wheat chain group dedicated to achieving acceptance Standing out among the group’s achievements in for bioengineered wheat. the past two years was a review of strategic priorities NAMA’s work in the past year included other arestablished not long after the association was created in eas such as education. Given the array of difficult 1988. The review affirmed the earlier goals, which begin issues confronting milling, heightened attention on with supporting and promoting efforts to increase con- nutrition and biotechnology reveals an organization sumption of milled grain products and promoting an focused on the industry and its bright future. MBN L. JOSHUA SOSLAND, EDITOR WE’RE EAGER TO GET YOUR FEEDBACK: E-mail or write to us at Milling & Baking News, 4800 Main Street, Suite 100, Kansas City, Mo, 64112 EDITORIAL STAFF Editor-in-chief Morton I. Sosland Executive editor, markets Neil N. Sosland Editor L. Joshua Sosland Senior editor, markets Jay S. Sjerven Managing editor Eric J. Schroeder Associate editor Jeff Gelski Associate editor Ron Sterk Assistant editor, markets Laura Lloyd Internet editor Allison Gibeson Graphic designer, market graphics, data Christina Sullivan T PUBLISHING STAFF Chairman Charles S. Sosland Vice-chairman L. Joshua Sosland President and publisher Mark Sabo Associate publisher G. 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Milling & Baking News - November 13, 2012
Change agent at General Mills, NAMA chairman celebrates ‘noble’ industry
Countering higher input costs, B.B.U. to raise prices in November
Late News - Flat Flowers earnings after one-time charge
Table of Contents
News/Comment - Lack of focus on farm issues likely to change
Editorial - Many milling positives in tough environment
Late News
Data - January-September flour output reaches new record high
Financial Results - Mondelez earnings down 29% in third quarter, sales fall 2%
Oreo, belVita buoy biscuit business at Mondelez
CSM B.S.N.A. unit performs well in tough market
Morning foods wake up at Kellogg
Industry Activities - Millers in ‘deep dive’ exploring possible vitamin D fortification
Meyer elected vice-chair of NAMA; two honorary memberships named
Merchandising - Winners in America’s Best Raisin Bread Contest crowned
Business - Bakers look to resume operations in wake of Hurricane Sandy
Flowers acquiring Bimbo assets in California, Oklahoma
With Wisconsin project, Horizon doubling whole wheat capacity
Baker’s Pride opens new donut plant
Wind farm built to supply power to Bimbo in Mexico begins operating
Strikes may be looming at Hostess Brands baking plants
Mondelez to close Mr. Christie cookie plant in Toronto
Red Star, Lesaffre to raise yeast prices
ADM opens sweetener transfer terminal in Chattanooga
Nutrition and Health - Whole Grain Stamp success spans participating companies of all sizes
Food Ingredient Solutions - Indulge in extras
Milling Technology - ADM Milling expanding Beech Grove flour mill
The Andersons agrees to major grain facility acquisition
Gavilon opens grain facility in South Dakota
POET-DSM buys equipment for cellulose production
Washington - Breaking Washington gridlock
Weather Outlook - In marked change, world weather pattern transitioning to ‘normal
Washington - Elections may bring little change to Senate ag committee
Farm bill fate uncertain in lame duck session of Congress
U.S.D.A. offers assistance to hurricane victims
People - With Cargill c.f.o. resignation, David MacLennan to fill in
Brad Pederson named supply chain manager at Caravan Ingredients
ADM taps two for management positions
Transportation and Distribution - N.G.F.A. seeks easier path to contest ‘unreasonable’ rail rates
Nutrition and Health - Initiative shows gains in nutrition content in children’s cereal
Ingredient Market Trends - U.S.D.A. raises forecasts for U.S. and world 2012-13 wheat ending stocks
Supplier Innovations
Marketplace Business Network
Ad Index

Milling & Baking News - November 13, 2012