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FEATURE: USING CORN AS A LIFELINE LifeLine products Here is a list of products that LifeLine Foods produces at its facility in St. Joseph, Missouri, U.S. * Brewer's grits for beer manufacturers. * Snack meal, the primary ingredient in processed foods, baked goods and dry mix applications such as corn bread, corn-baked products, cheese puffs and other extruder snacks. * Corn meal, used in the baking industry to make bread and bread ingredients such as hushpuppies and corn dogs. * Masa flour, used in the production of Mexican-style foods such as tortilla chips, tacos, tortillas and tamales. * Corn germ, which is used in animal feeds. * Corn oil, which is further refined for food grade use in products such as cooking oils. * Ethanol, the most widely used renewable biofuel in the world. * Distillers grains, which are primarily used as animal feed. * Binder, which is used in everything from foods and batters to plywood, fertilizer and charcoal briquettes. * Condensed distillers solubles, primarily used as a high quality feed supplement for cattle. short-term working loan and our longterm note - with both at improved terms for the business," Gibson said. "Both of these events provide real, demonstrated confidence in the performance of our business." LifeLine, which employs about 150 people, began operations in 2001 when its primary owner, AgraMarke, a cooperative, which at that time consisted of around 300 area corn producers (today it includes about 650 producers spanning the four-state area of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa) purchased a food processing facility in St. Joseph from Quaker Oats. Strategically located on the southwestern edge of the U.S. Corn Belt, the massive 10-story-tall facility, which was originally constructed in 1928, sits on 38 acres of land with 850,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The location of the plant gives LifeLine easy access to four major highways (Interstate 29, U.S. Highway 36, Interstate 35 and Interstate 70) as well as rail service via the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific. Gibson noted that 90% of the finished products from the LifeLine plant are shipped in bulk via rail and pneumatic trucks to customers throughout the United States while about 10% is shipped in bags and totes by trucks and boxcars. 56 AgraMarke, which stands for Agricultural Research, Administration, Marketing and Education, was formed in 1996 when 20 producers, land owners and agriculture-related businessmen in the St. Joseph area developed a cooperative with the primary objectives of expanding agricultural markets and providing a viable business that would stabilize the agricultural economy of the community. The concept was to pool the group's knowledge, production and resources to grow identity-preserved grains, focusing on research and the newest agricultural technologies. "It started out as a group of guys trying to figure out how to add value for their corn," said Alycia Nelson, sales analyst for LifeLine. "They realized that getting $2 per bushel (the price of corn at that time) wasn't going to work." Using the motto "Corn is our LifeLine," LifeLine Foods takes high quality corn harvested by the producer-owners and processes it into nearly a dozen different products including everything from snack meal and masa flour to industrial uses such as binders and ethanol. Five years after LifeLine was formed, in 2006, its farmer owners decided to team with Wichita, Kansas, U.S.-based ICM, Inc., a leader in ethanol facility design and engineering, to become a corn ethanol producer. Ownership of the business is split with the farmer owners holding a 51% equity position and ICM owning 49%. In recent months, an agreement was reached in which ICM is leasing the ethanol facility from LifeLine. "They run and operate the facility and pay us rent and profit share every month," said Gibson, who noted that the plant produced 50 million gallons of ethanol in 2013. The part of the corn kernel that isn't used by LifeLine for food ingredients is shipped to the plant's ethanol production section, assuring there is no waste. "We pride ourselves on being a zero discharge facility," Nelson said. "We capture all the discharge and are able to put it back into the ethanol plant and make a finished product out of it whether it is ethanol or DDGS." LifeLine also is proud of its SQF (Safe Quality Food) certification. "We were certified in the fall of 2012, which was a really big task," Gibson said. "Then we were recertified in 2013, which was also the time we were building the new mill, and we're getting ready for our second recertification this fall." The company is also certified as Kosher, gluten free, allergen free and is USDA certified, which means it can participate in the USDA food aid programs. "We do full microbe testing on all our food products going out," he said. "Not every pathogen known to man, but certainly total coliforms, salmonella, molds - all kinds of stuff like that. We have a full-time microbiologist." NEW CORN MILL More than $8 million was invested in the new corn mill, which significantly improved LifeLine's milling efficiency. Phil Jilka, director of milling operations for LifeLine, noted that this is the first new corn mill built in the United States in many years. It features corn milling equipment from Bühler Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. The contract with Bühler was signed in August 2014 / World Grain /

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World Grain - August 2014
Table of Contents
From the Editor-in-chief - Fundamentals drive wheat prices
Calendar of Events
Latin American milling conferences
News Review - Interflour to build flour mill in Philippine free-trade zone
San Miguel to double flour milling capacity
ADM Milling completes expansion in Indiana
Bartlett building grain facility in Kansas
Cargill to build grain facility in Arkansas
Grupo Bimbo acquires Ecuadorean baker
Didion Milling names vice-president, business development
GrainCorp buys stake in Egyptian flour miller
Egypt purchases 5.1 million tonnes of wheat in 2013-14
United Grain plans bigger expansion at port
E.U. feed groups want decision on GMs
Toepfer renamed ADM Germany
E.U., EIB to work together on agriculture
Uzbekistan harvests record 8 million tonnes of grain
Ungashick joins World Grain sales team
E.U. sets import duty for first time in nearly four years
CHS earnings up 51% in third quarter
CHS makes management changes
Ardent Mills selects office location
Grain Market Review - Coarse grains
Country Focus - South Africa
Feature - Dawn of a New Era
Ardent Mills partners, executives, bring deep roots in flour milling
Regional Review - A Vital Grain Producer
Regional Review - Overflowing with Oilseeds
Regional Review - Export Challenges
Feature - Using Corn as a 'Lifeline'
LifeLine products
Technical Profile - Demanding the best
Feature - A Growing Issue
Feed Operations - Pellet Mills
Feature - Debugging your facility
Species spotted
Guest Commentary - Unforgettable: How flour saved Berlin
Feature - Olam's rice nucleus program
Rice Quarterly - UN sets acceptable levels of arsenic in rice
New rice mill planned for Arkansas
Italy wants ‘fairer’ rice deal
Thailand province developing jasmine rice
Thailand’s rice price shoots up on drought
Supplier News
Product Showcase
World Grain Archive
Ad Index/Fax Back Program

World Grain - August 2014