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Theinewsweeklyiofigrain-basedifoods LATE NEWS CHICAGO - Gonnella Baking has named Nicholas Marcucci president, effective immediately. Mr. Marcucci, 55, replaces George F. Marcucci, his second cousin, who died Nov. 28 from cancer (see related story on Page 46). Nicholas Marcucci has held various administrative positions at Gonnella for the last 30 years, including the past 8 years as corporate secretary. As director of management information services, Nicholas Marcucci used his expertise to design and develop numerous software programs for the company's on-line order system and other administrative functions. "George left a great Continued on Page 8 Gonnella Baking names president Grain Foods Foundation to launch television campaign touting bread RIDGWAY, COLO. - Building on a highly successful print campaign in 2005 and 2006, the Grain Foods Foundation has produced public service announcements set to air on television during Birth Defects Prevention Month in January. The P.S.A.'s, as well as new print ads, also expand on the foundation's partnership with the March of Dimes and with Susie Castillo, an announcer on MTV, the popular music video television station, and the 2003 winner of the Miss USA competition. Ms. Castillo is featured in the television spots. While considerable attention has been Continued on Page 16 / DECEMBER 19, 2006 Biodiesel gaining fast in renewable fuels market as production triples KANSAS CITY - Although far outdistanced by ethanol in production and use in the United States, biodiesel is the fastest growing renewable fuel domestically and already is the primary biofuel in Europe. U.S. production of biodiesel in 2006 is projected between 200 million and 250 million gallons, about three times the volume produced in 2005, which was three times the amount produced in 2004, according to the National Biodiesel Board (N.B.B.). Still, U.S. biodiesel output is far less than that of ethanol in the U.S., projected at 5,000 million gallons this year, and biodiesel in Europe, expected to be near 1,800 million gallons, according to European Biodiesel Board (E.B.B.) data. The biodiesel industry's rapid growth indicates it was "at the right place at the right time," said Jenna Higgins-Rose, director of communications for the N.B.B., an organization of biodiesel producers. As of November, 87 biodiesel plants were in operation in the U.S. with annual production capacity of 582 million gallons, N.B.B. data shows. Another 65 plants were under construction and 13 were being expanded with total annual production capacity of 1,400 million gallons. Some of those plants were not scheduled for completion until late 2007, while several were to come on line by the end of this year. The discrepancy between listed biodiesel Continued on Page 22 Genetic keys for boosting wheat nutrition found by researchers WASHINGTON - For several years, breeders have struggled trying to fully understand how nutrients are transferred to wheat kernels and to boost the nutritional value of wheat. According to an article published in the journal Science, researchers in California and Israel have identified the genetic mechanism that may allow the development of new wheat varieties that significantly raise the content of protein, zinc and iron in wheat. "A NAC Gene Regulating Senescence Improves Grain Protein, Zinc and Iron Content in Wheat" was published in the Nov. 24 issue of Science. The researchers concluded their discovery may help with the "more efficient Continued on Page 18 More than just indulgent Story on Page 29 inside THIS WEEK Interstate loss at $10 million in quarter 11 Committee chairmen named at NAMA 16 Ingredient 2006-07 wheat export forecast lowered 44 Week 47

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