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The Weekly Grind – May 30, 2014

May 30, 2014

NAMA NEWS

HOUSE COMMITTEE VOTES TO ALLOW WAIVERS ON SCHOOL MEALS

The House Appropriations Committee passed an agriculture budget bill that would allow schools to opt out of White House nutritional guidelines passed in 2012. The provision in the bill would allow schools to opt out of the standards for the next school year if the schools are losing money on meal programs for a six-month period. The house is expected to take up the bill in the next few weeks. The Senate did not include the opt-out language in its version of the spending bill.


INDUSTRY NEWS

ARDENT MILLS, BIGGEST FLOUR MAKER, NOW OPERATING
Associated Press, By Colleen Slevin, May 29, 2014

Ardent Mills, a joint venture by ConAgra Mills, Cargill and CHS, began operating as the nation’s largest flour milling company on Thursday, following approval by the U.S. Justice Department. Ardent Mills, which will be based in the Denver area, combines the resources and facilities of ConAgra Mills and Horizon Milling, a previous joint venture of Cargill and CHS. It has 40 flour mills, three bakery mix facilities and a specialty bakery in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. It will also have satellite offices in Omaha and Minneapolis.

To view the full Associated Press article, visit ABC News at http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/flour-making-giant-ardent-mills-now-operating-23917899.

IFIC: CONSUMERS GENERALLY SATISFIED
Food Business News, By Eric Schroeder, May 28, 2014

A significant majority of consumers support the Food and Drug Administration’s current labeling policy for food produced using biotechnology, according to a new survey from the International Food Information Council (IFIC). The “Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology” survey also found many consumers are likely to purchase foods produced through biotechnology for certain health benefits such as nutrition.

To view the full Food Business News article, visit http://www.foodbusinessnews.net/articles/news_home/Consumer_Trends/2014/05/IFIC_Consumers_generally_satis.aspx?ID={3EB450A2-AAD1-4A7A-90C2-C135B6AA7D5E}.

MILLER COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF FOUR MILLS
Food Business News, By Josh Sosland, May 28, 2014

Miller Milling has completed its acquisition of a total of four flour mills from two different buyers in a transaction valued at about $215 million. With the completion of the transaction, Miller Milling, part of Japan’s Nisshin Seifun Group, is set to become the fourth largest milling company in the United States. “The transaction increases the company’s overall milling capacity, expands its geographic coverage and diversifies its product offerings,” Miller Milling said.

To view the full Food Business News article, visit http://www.foodbusinessnews.net/articles/news_home/Business_News/2014/05/Miller_completes_acquisition_o.aspx?ID={969C32A4-08B9-4748-A31D-5156F0DFB2FE}.

K-STATE SEEKS 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.

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