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THE NEWS WEEKLY OF GRAIN-BASED FOODS NOVEMBER 3, 2009 / Pasta Perspective FEATURE The power of pasta New World Pasta c.e.o. launches World Pasta Day celebrating industry's U.S. resurgence T Keep overall costs in mind to save Enzymes and extenders are options when specific commodities rise in price Story on Page 25 LATE NEWS Global flour exports near 200 million cwts LONDON - The record pace of world flour exports stepped up in the last months of 2008-09 to reach a new high, the International Grains Council said in its latest Grain Market Report. In addition, the Council said global flour exports in 2009-10 were on the way toward equaling, if not exceeding, the record of the past year. The Council placed world flour exports in 2008-09 at 12,415,000 tonnes of wheat equivalent (just short of 200 million cwts in terms of flour), up 440,000 tonnes from last March's estimate. The Council projected 2009-10 flour trade at 12,430,000 tonnes of wheat equivalent. Kazakhstan and Turkey Continued on Page 8 he optimism surrounding the future of the pasta industry was on full display last week as World Pasta Day 2009 was celebrated at the Millennium Broadway Hotel New York Oct. 26. The event, which is sponsored annually by the International Pasta Organization at various locations around the world since 1995, was hosted in the U.S. by the National Pasta Association and Oldways. With many of the world's leading pasta manufacturers, nutritionists, scientists, culinary experts and journalists in attendance, the event served as a reminder of the power that pasta holds over consumer eating habits. The timing for the United States to serve as host for the international event could hardly have been better, at least as measured by the breakout year experienced by the category in 2008 and continuing into 2009. In a pasta "state of the union" address, Peter Smith, chief executive officer of New World Pasta Co., Harrisburg, Pa., noted that pasta was the fastest growing category in supermarkets over the past year as measured in units. In his presentation, Mr. Smith reflected on how consumers have rediscovered pasta's many positives and offered insights into what will help sales momentum continue into the future. Current performance is strong Currently, pasta consumption in the United States is approximately 6 billion Continued on Page 32 John Miller taking collaborative approach on tough NAMA issues WASHINGTON - Taking a collaborative approach has allowed the North American Millers' Association to leverage its resources and influence in the pursuit of a wide ranging and ambitious agenda, said John C. Miller, NAMA chairman. Mr. Miller, president of Miller Milling Co., Bloomington, Minn., addressed the NAMA annual meeting Oct. 21. The gathering was held Oct. 19-21 at the Sofitel Lafayette Square hotel in Washington. Mr. Miller's presentation was devoted to summarizing the range of issues NAMA sought to tackle in the past year as well as the many collaborations the association pursued to help achieve its objectives. "With a new administration in Washington, changes in our legislative and regulatory environment were inevitable," Mr. Miller said. "I felt it was imperative that we, as an association, work together in collaboration with our potential allies to ensure the best possible outcome of pending and approaching regulations and legislation affecting our industry." Toward that end, Mr. Miller traveled Continued on Page 16

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