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FEATURE: USING CORN AS A LIFELINE
Here is a list of products that LifeLine Foods produces at its facility in St. Joseph,
* 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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