Milling & Baking News - March 23, 2004 - (Page 1)

Theinewsweeklyiofigrain-basedifoods LATE NEWS SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. - Gary J. Prince, president of Weston Foods, Horsham, Pa., on March 17 was elected chairman of the American Bakers Association. Mr. Prince headed a slate of nominees elected at the A.B.A. board of governors' meeting at The Phoenician resort in Scottsdale. He succeeds George E. Deese, president and chief executive officer of Flowers Foods, Inc., Thomasville, Ga., who completed a two-year term Continued on Page 8 Gary Prince to helm of A.B.A. U.S. files W.T.O. case against Mexico on HFCS WASHINGTON - The United States has filed a case in the World Trade Organization over Mexico's 20% tax on beverages not sweetened with cane sugar. "The U.S. believes Mexico's beverage tax is inconsistent with Mexico's obligations in the W.T.O. to apply taxes on comparable domestic and imported products in a nondiscriminatory manner," said U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick. Although not specifically a tax on high fructose corn syrup, Mexico's 20% sales tax and additional 20% distribution tax on beverages not sweetened with cane sugar were directly aimed at blocking HFCS exports from the U.S. and protecting Mexico's domestic sugar producers, the U.S. contended. Mexico first levied the beverage taxes Continued on Page 12 MARCH 23, 2004 / 'Historic' vote by bakers gives nod to product promotion program SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. - One year after first broaching the idea of a product promotion campaign to bolster grain-based foods, the American Bakers Association has approved financial support for such an effort. By a unanimous vote, the A.B.A. board of directors on March 17 approved the creation of a not-for-profit foundation to administer the program. The vote marks the culmination of a year in which the bakers, in a joint effort with the North American Millers' Association, conducted research on consumer attitudes toward grain-based foods and explored potential industry actions to enhance the public perception of the food products. The A.B.A. board meeting was held as part of the association's annual meeting, which continued through March 19, at The Phoenician resort in Scottsdale. While details of the program and exactly how it will be funded have not been finalized, and have yet to be addressed by NAMA members, both industry groups are supportive of this initiative. The A.B.A. vote represented a major step toward bringing the idea for a product promotion program to fruition. And even though details remained to be ironed out, the outline Continued on Page 14 F.D.A. looks to food labeling changes in fight against obesity WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration will propose several changes in packaged food labels and labeling regulations to carry out recommendations of an Obesity Working Group created last August by Commissioner Mark B. McClellan. The proposals include placing new emphasis on calories in the Nutrition Facts panel, authorizing obesity-related health claims, asking restaurants to provide nutrition information and increasing enforce- ment of the serving size regulations. The agency also will propose regulations to govern the use of label claims for foods with reduced-carbohydrate content. "Counting calories is critical for people trying to achieve and maintain a healthy weight," Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson said in unveiling the report on March 12. "This new report highlights F.D.A.'s overall strategy Continued on Page 11 North Dakota Mill & Elevator: Succeeding its own way Story on Page 18 inside THIS WEEK Ingredient Cereal and bakery price index in 1.3% rise General Mills profit gain small in quarter 9 10 I.B.C. sets closing of bakery in California 13 Week 35

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