The Weekly Grind – August 29, 2014August 29, 2014
NAMA COORDINATES EFFORT TO HIGHLIGHT VOMITOXIN INCIDENCE AND CONTROL TECHNOLOGY
Several grower, trader and processor groups have agreed to support research on the presence of Deoxynivalenol (DON) in cereal grains and the ability of supply chains to mitigate levels of that mycotoxin through proper management and technology application in food processing. NAMA helped organize the group that includes U.S. Wheat Associates, U.S. Grains Council, National Grain and Feed Association and North American Export Grain Association. Scientists from the American Association of Cereal Chemists will conduct the research. Prior to the efforts of Paul Green, NAMA’s International Trade Consultant, and others at a Codex Alimenatarius meeting in The Hague in March, ongoing discussions within Codex were based on the dangerous assumption that restricting the trade in grains that contain mycotoxins will solve the issue of mycotoxin occurrences. In fact, mycotoxins are cyclical and naturally occurring in some years. NAMA and its partners, along with the U.S. Government, continue to argue that the best place to manage the exposure of humans to DON is at critical control points in food products, allowing the supply chain to apply technology as necessary to meet standards and protect human health.
NAMA SUPPORTS CAPTIVE SHIPPING CHANGES AT STB
NAMA joined several leading ag industry associations from both the state and national level in signing onto a “Joint Reply” statement supporting the National Grain and Feed Association’s (NGFA) efforts to help captive shippers in disputes at the Surface Transportation Board (STB). NGFA has proposed a new procedure for determining whether railroads are charging captive shippers “reasonable rates.” The current procedures have proved inadequate for agricultural shippers who have not attempted to bring a case before the STB since the failure of an 18 year long proceeding which began in 1980. If the STB elects to consider NGFA’s proposal, the next step will be for the STB to hold an oral hearing on the issue.
NAMA ATTENDS GMA LEADERSHIP FORUM
NAMA President and CEO Jim McCarthy attended the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) Leadership Forum this past weekend in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gave the keynote address, offering her thoughts on the current state of U.S. foreign policy. While in attendance, McCarthy participated in a range of educational sessions, including a session on sustainability in the industry. McCarthy also had the opportunity to meet with many NAMA members, including Ken Powell, Chairman and CEO of General Mills, Inc. to briefly discuss NAMA activities.
U.S. MILLERS TRANSITION SMOOTHLY TO 2014 CROP
World-Grain, By World Grain Staff, August 28, 2014
U.S. millers indicated both they and bread bakers have experienced a mostly “uneventful” transition to working with the 2014 hard red winter wheat crop. The transition to using new crop soft red winter wheat has not been as smooth with some mills having to reach far beyond their traditional draw territories to secure supply that will meet miller and baker specifications. To view the entire World-Grain article, visit http://www.world-grain.com/articles/news_home/World_Grain_News/2014/08/US_millers_transition_smoothly.aspx?ID=%7BD4984C93-292B-44AF-A338-1C01D745BD3F%7D.
INTERNATIONAL GRAINS PROGRAM RENAMES ITSELF IGP INSTITUTE
Milling Journal, August 27, 2014
Effective immediately the Kansas State University International Grains Program is now known as the IGP Institute. While the name may be new to industry professionals, it stems from the original name established in 1978. IGP Institute Associate Director Mark Fowler explains, “IGP was established as the International Grains Institute in 1978, and was modeled after the Canadian International Grains Institute.” To view the entire Milling Journal article, visit http://www.millingjournal.com/articles/International_Grains_Program_Renames_Itself_IGP_Institute-143437.html.
GLUTEN-FREE GAINING GLOBALLY
Baking Business, By Laurie Gorton, August 26, 2014
Gluten-free baked goods, a category with deep roots in Italy, is now sprouting throughout Europe and most other developed countries, according to figures released by Euromonitor, International, a market research provider based at London. “It’s important, however, to state that in most markets around the world, gluten-free is just 2.5% of total sales,” explained Lamine Lahouasnia, Euromonitor’s head of packaged food. To view the entire Baking Business article, visit http://www.bakingbusiness.com/articles/news_home/Trends/2014/08/Gluten-free_gaining_globally.aspx?ID=%7BAC827891-A170-4419-AB6F-99FA0B160DDC%7D.