The Weekly Grind – May 16, 2014May 16, 2014
NAMA CO-HOSTS 55TH ANNUAL CORN DRY MILLING CONFERENCE
The North American Millers’ Association (NAMA) and USDA’s National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research held its 55th Annual Corn Dry Milling Conference in Peoria, Illinois. The conference was well attended by NAMA members, industry representatives, and public and private researchers who heard from an array of speakers on topics ranging from natural aflatoxin blocking to eliminating food waste. NAMA staff members Jim McCarthy, President & CEO, and Sherri Lehman, Director of Government Relations were also in attendance. Presentations from the conference will be posted on the NAMA website in the coming weeks.
NAMA PARTICIPATES IN IFIC SCIENCE COMMUNICATIONS SUMMIT
NAMA’s Manager of Communications Lyndsey Valentine participated in the 5th Annual International Food Information Council’s (IFIC) Science and Communications Summit this week. The theme of this year’s Summit was “Turning the Page: Playing a Larger Role in the Food Story.” The four sessions through out the day tackled a number of topics including examining how research is interpreted and conveyed and how often the media incorrectly portrays that information, how to communicate about the safety of Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) ingredients and approved food additives, how to connect with consumers through food and nutrition stories, and how the classroom is shaping opinions on food and sustainability.
K-STATE BEGINS SEARCH FOR NEW GSI DEPARTMENT HEAD
The Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University is seeking an entrepreneurial, visionary, creative, and pro-active leader for this unique and internationally recognized department. The Department is the only academic institution worldwide that offers three distinct undergraduate degrees in Baking, Feed, and Milling Science and Management; and M.S. and PhD degrees in Grain Science. To view the full job description, including job responsibilities, required qualifications and experience, and how to apply visit http://www.grains.k-state.edu/about-us/position-openings.html.
WHITE PAN BREAD, WHOLE WHEAT PRICES REBOUND IN MONTH
Baking Business, By Eric Schroeder, May 15, 2014
The average price paid for white pan bread and whole wheat bread increased in April, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. The national average retail price of white pan bread was 138.8c per lb, up 2.9c from March but down 2.1c from April 2013. On a month-to-month basis, the average price for white pan bread in April increased in all four regions — up 5.5c in the South, up 3.3c in the Midwest, up 0.5c in the Northeast, and up 0.5c in the West.
To view the full Baking Business article, visit http://www.bakingbusiness.com/articles/news_home/Trends/2014/05/White_pan_breadwhole_wheat_pri.aspx?ID=%7B504F805E-DBD4-4676-A799-1738F3BA906E%7D.
PASTA MAKER SETTLES FALSE-ADVERTISING LAWSUIT
Associated Press, By Dave Kolpack, May 11, 2014
A company accused of falsely advertising the health benefits of its nationally distributed Dreamfields Pasta line has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit and pay $5 million to consumers who bought the products in the last decade. The complaint, filed last summer against Carrington, North Dakota-based Dakota Growers Pasta and its parent company at the time, challenged claimed that the product was a low-carbohydrate alternative to traditional pasta but didn’t’ sacrifice the taste. Dreamfields is marketed under the slogan “Healthy Carb Living.”
To view this Associated Press article, visit http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_PASTA_LAWSUIT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT.