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NAMA participates in closing bell ceremony on the NYSE

January 11, 2008

Washington, D.C. – January 11, 2008 – To mark the ten-year anniversary of the folic acid fortification mandate, the Grain Foods Foundation (GFF) and the March of Dimes rang the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday. NAMA is a member of the Foundation. Included on the New York Stock Exchange podium were NAMA member and co-chair of the Foundation, Charlie Stout, Pendleton Flour Mills, LLC; NAMA Chairman Rick Schwein, Grain Millers, Inc.; NAMA Executive Committee member, Paul Maass, ConAgra Mills; and NAMA President Betsy Faga. Coverage of the ceremony aired on CNBC, Fox News and Bloomberg and can be found in its entirety on grainpower.org. Schwein said, “The invitation from the New York Stock Exchange to ring the bell in a closing ceremony underscores the importance of the ongoing efforts of the March of Dimes to save babies.”

The event launched the GFF “Ten Years of Saving Babies” campaign and introduced the new Folic Acid for a Healthy Pregnancy seal. The campaign celebrates and recognizes the ten-year anniversary of folic acid fortification to enriched grain foods. GFF has partnered with the March of Dimes and well-known women’s health expert, Dr. Judith Reichman to promote the importance of folic acid through a national publicity effort that includes television, radio and print. Faga said, “The ceremony is an example of how the Grain Foods Foundation can work with the March of Dimes to save babies. The event solidified that relationship.”

Since January 1998, all enriched flour, pasta, cornmeal and other cereal grain products in the United States have been fortified with folic acid to help reduce the incidence of neural tube defects (NTDs) in infants. As a result, there has been a 26 percent drop in the number of children born with certain spinal and brain defects. Stout said, “The March of Dimes says folic acid enrichment has saved more than 10,000 babies over the past ten years. Consumers need to know that. The New York Stock Exchange ceremony was great exposure and an excellent opportunity to spread the word.”

NAMA is the trade association representing 48 companies that operate 170 wheat, oat and corn mills in 38 states and Canada. Their collective production capacity exceeds 160 million pounds of product each day, more than 95 percent of the total industry production.

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Photo of representatives from NAMA, GFF, March of Dimes and ABA on the New York Stock Exchange Podium.

CONTACT: Terri Long, Director of Communications
202.484.2200, ext.11
tlong@namamillers.org
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Washington, D.C. – January 11, 2008 – To mark the ten-year anniversary of the folic acid fortification mandate, the Grain Foods Foundation (GFF) and the March of Dimes rang the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday. NAMA is a member of the Foundation. Included on the New York Stock Exchange podium were NAMA member and co-chair of the Foundation, Charlie Stout, Pendleton Flour Mills, LLC; NAMA Chairman Rick Schwein, Grain Millers, Inc.; NAMA Executive Committee member, Paul Maass, ConAgra Mills; and NAMA President Betsy Faga. Coverage of the ceremony aired on CNBC, Fox News and Bloomberg and can be found in its entirety on grainpower.org. Schwein said, “The invitation from the New York Stock Exchange to ring the bell in a closing ceremony underscores the importance of the ongoing efforts of the March of Dimes to save babies.”
The event launched the GFF “Ten Years of Saving Babies” campaign and introduced the new Folic Acid for a Healthy Pregnancy seal. The campaign celebrates and recognizes the ten-year anniversary of folic acid fortification to enriched grain foods. GFF has partnered with the March of Dimes and well-known women’s health expert, Dr. Judith Reichman to promote the importance of folic acid through a national publicity effort that includes television, radio and print. Faga said, “The ceremony is an example of how the Grain Foods Foundation can work with the March of Dimes to save babies. The event solidified that relationship.”
Since January 1998, all enriched flour, pasta, cornmeal and other cereal grain products in the United States have been fortified with folic acid to help reduce the incidence of neural tube defects (NTDs) in infants. As a result, there has been a 26 percent drop in the number of children born with certain spinal and brain defects. Stout said, “The March of Dimes says folic acid enrichment has saved more than 10,000 babies over the past ten years. Consumers need to know that. The New York Stock Exchange ceremony was great exposure and an excellent opportunity to spread the word.”
NAMA is the trade association representing 48 companies that operate 170 wheat, oat and corn mills in 38 states and Canada. Their collective production capacity exceeds 160 million pounds of product each day, more than 95 percent of the total industry production.
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CONTACT: Terri Long, Director of Communications
202.484.2200, ext.11
tlong@namamillers.org
http://www.namamillers.org
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