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THE NEWS WEEKLY OF GRAIN-BASED FOODS DECEMBER 9, 2014 / READY-TO-EAT CEREAL UPDATE January-September flour output sets new record , rises 0.9% Cereal makers seek fresh start Dollar sales in category down 4% over past year Story on Page 23 LATE NEWS Reading to double facility's size ROBESONIA, PA. - Reading Bakery Systems plans to double its existing oven manufacturing facility in Robesonia to 38,000 square feet. The expanded facility will include a 480-square-foot, environmentally controlled paint booth. The expansion should be completed in the first quarter of 2015. Travis Getz, vicepresident of operations, will supervise. He said the new facility will include three main areas: oven manufacturing, welding, fabrication and assembly; material cutting (metals and plastics); and a staging and storing area. "Although we just opened the oven works manufacturing Continued on Page 8 WASHINGTON - Flour production by U.S. mills in the first three quarters of 2014 aggregated 317,196,000 cwts, up 0.9% from 314,218,000 in the first nine months of 2013. It also was 1% more than 314,152,000 cwts produced in the first nine months of 2012. Year-todate production for the four previous successive quarters stood at a record totaling 427,528,000 cwts. The peak calendar year output is 424,550,000 in 2013. These data are derived from output estimates compiled by Veris Consulting, Inc. on behalf of the North American Millers' Association. Output in the third quarter of 2014 totaled 107,448,000 cwts, up 0.8% from 106,598,000 cwts in the same quarter of 2013. This was the largest aggregate for the third quarter since 2012 at 108,754,000 cwts. The quarter record was 109,017,000 cwts in 2007. The peak for any quarter to date was 110,332,000 cwts in October-December 2013. The current quarter also was up 1.4% from 105,923,000 cwts in AprilJune. Because Veris' production statistics are obtained from milling companies representing an estimated 95.1% of U.S. capacity (down from 95.4% in 2012 and earlier), Milling & Baking News has interpolated the figures to make the time series comparable to Census Bureau figures gathered in earlier years from the entire industry. Based on the Veris data alone, flour production in July-September Continued on Page 20 Consumer Reports casts doubts on merits of gluten-free diet YONKERS. N.Y. - The cover story of the January 2015 issue of Consumer Reports claims a gluten-free diet may not improve physical or mental health even though many Americans believe such a diet will. A gluten-free diet potentially may lead to a deficiency in certain nutrients, weight gain and exposure to arsenic, according to the article. "Just as fat was vilified in the 1990s and carbs have been scorned more recently, gluten - a protein found in wheat, barley and rye - has become the latest dietary villain, blamed for everything from forgetfulness to joint pain to weight gain," the article said. The Consumer Reports National Research Center surveyed more than 1,000 Americans and found 63% said following a gluten-free diet would improve their physical or mental health. They said they believed a gluten-free diet would provide such benefits as better digestion and gastrointestinal function, healthy weight loss, increased energy, lower cholesterol and a stronger immune system. The article, however, points out many Continued on Page 9

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Milling & Baking News - December 9, 2014
January-September flour output sets new record, rises 0.9%
Consumer Reports casts doubts on merits of gluten-free diet
Late News - Reading to double facility’s size
Table of Contents
News Comment - Finally, commodity relief for grain-based foods
Editorial - India agreement offers hope for W.T.O.
Late News
Luna shifting line of bars to gluten-free ingredients
Business - Fire damages Canada Bread baking plant in Ontario
Girl Scout Cookies enter digital age
Sosland Publishing relocating company headquarters
Cargill reaches settlement, to change labels in Truvia case
C.H. Robinson to acquire Freightquote for $365 million
Financial Results - Campbell Soup baking unit profits strong; U.S. business soft
Charges bog down Post profit; adjusted EBITDA up sharply
Aryzta revenue in North America grows through acquisitions
ADM growth plans include Wild and Brazilian oilseeds
Input costs, plant start-up costs hinder Weston Foods
People - Mayo Schmidt to join Louis Dreyfus as c.e.o.
George Deese to retire as executive chairman at Flowers
Ready-to-eat Cereal Update - Cereal makers seek fresh start
Regulatory Affairs - Air emission calculation for particulate matter: Flour
Industry Activities - Wild, wild East: NAMA given ‘tour’ of Southeast Asia milling industry
AIB names new director of food safety services innovation
Nutrition and Health - USA Rice Federation disputes latest arsenic report
Supplier Innovations
Ingredient Market Trends - Grain volume requirements for Canadian railroads extended
Ingredient Week
Marketplace Business Network
Ad Index

Milling & Baking News - December 9, 2014