Milling & Baking News - September 26, 2006 - (Page 1)

Theinewsweeklyiofigrain-basedifoods Good milling and baking qualities exhibited by 2006 wheat crop KANSAS CITY - Hot, dry weather reduced the size of the 2006 hard red winter and hard red spring wheat crops but resulted in high average protein levels, good milling quality and less incidence of disease compared with last year's crops, milling sources said. Timely rainfall, meanwhile, resulted in a rebound in soft red winter wheat production. That crop avoided disease problems for the second consecutive year. Milling quality of soft red and soft white winter wheat was down slightly from last year in some areas, but still exhibited generally good characteristics, millers said. The durum crop was drastically smaller LATE than a year ago due mainly to reduced planted area, but quality appeared to be on par with a year ago. Overall, with the exception of pockets of sprout damage to soft red and soft white winter wheat, the 2006 wheat crop, while not outstanding, has exhibited good to very good milling quality and few disease problems, millers said. A 2006 soft red winter wheat quality survey was compiled by U.S. Wheat Associates (U.S. Wheat). A preliminary quality survey for hard red winter wheat was available from U.S. Wheat and Plains Grains, Inc., Stillwater, Okla. Harvest reports on spring Continued on Page 38 Summit produces commitment to action on common concerns LENEXA, KAS. - Pledging not to allow issues of common concern to "languish," the leadership from top wheat industry groups concluded an initial Wheat Summit with plans to identify an agenda aimed at reversing declining U.S. wheat acreage. The Sept. 7 summit, held in Lenexa, brought together private sector and government representatives and was described as "historic," the most comprehensive gather- ing of its type for the wheat food industry. U.S. planted wheat acreage has declined 34% from its peak of 88.2 million acres in 1981. Since 1990, wheat acreage has declined 19 million acres (25%) while area planted to corn has expanded by 5 million acres (7%) and soybean acreage has expanded 14 million acres (25%). Growers expressed concern about what Continued on Page 18 More than claims Fiber applications also provide texture, control moisture Story on Page 25 inside SEPTEMBER 26, 2006 / NEWS ATCHISON, KAS. - MGP Ingredients, Inc. and Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge Ltd., intend to investigate the feasibility of jointly building an ethanol plant in the Atchison area, according to a filing that Atchison-based MGPI made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Sept. 20. No decision has been made to proceed beyond the investigatory stage and neither party is obliged to do so. MGP Ingredients, when giving results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, reported higher pricing for Continued on Page 8 MGPI, Bunge explore ethanol plans Flowers bread meets whole grain intake target with two slices THOMASVILLE, GA. - With a strong focus on broadening its whole grain bread portfolio, Flowers Bakeries Group on Sept. 15 introduced six new all-natural specialty varieties. Three varieties of Nature's Own contain 24 grams of whole grain per slice: All Natural 100% Whole Wheat, All Natural 100% Whole Wheat made with organic flour and All Natural 12-Grain. Two slices provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recommended minimum whole grain intake of 48 grams, or 3 servings, per day. The Flowers introduction follows by one day the debut of Sara Lee Hearty & Delicious bread (see related story Continued on Page 10 THIS WEEK Efficiency takes center stage at Sara Lee 12 Ingredient General Mills Q1 income climbs 6% Former secretaries weigh in on farm bill 14 18 Week sponsored by 46

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