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Ardent Mills Brings Predictable Pricing and Certainty of Supply with North American Grown Quinoa Ardent Mills takes action with North American Farmers to support growing Quinoa demand in the U.S. and Canada DENVER, March 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ardent Mills, the premier flour-milling and ingredient company, is launching its Great Plains Quinoa™ with the largest quinoa growing network in North America. Ardent Mills will bring transparency, ground breaking scale and the consistent quality needed to support the mainstream growth of quinoa with consumers, food manufacturers, bakeries, retailers and restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. Joe Dutcheshen, quinoa farmer explained, "We are very excited about the relationship we now have with Ardent Mills. We have seen the positive impact their commitment to double organic wheat acres has had on North American farmers and the organic wheat supply and know that level of commitment will have a similar impact in the quinoa market." "Ardent Mills is joining forces with North American quinoa farmers to ensure both supply and predictable pricing for quinoa whether as an entrée, side dish, in artisan-style bread or in many other culinary applications," said Bill Stoufer, Ardent Mills Chief Operating Officer. "We are always looking for ways that grains can nourish what's next for communities, customers and consumers. We are applying our leading food safety standards, operations expertise, grower and customer relationships to support the growth of this great tasting and nutritious food." Both the Dutcheshen family and Ardent Mills have a long history with quinoa in North America. Joe Dutcheshen began evaluating different varieties of South American quinoa seeds on his family farm in 1992. Ardent Mills began promoting quinoa as the star of its Ancient Grains line in 2007. "Quinoa is recognized as a true superfood," says Joe Dutcheshen. "As a pharmacist and multi-generational farmer, I was looking for a crop that was healthful and could provide a value-add from the farm to the consumer. Quinoa does both! Quinoa is in the same plant family as other nutritious foods – spinach, beets and amaranth. Through traditional selective breeding over a period of 15 years, we have produced a North American quinoa that is acclimated to the cooler climate, has a variety of natural resistances and a shorter growing season." Leading the movement in ancient grains, quinoa usage has shown double-digit growth in entrées, sides and kids' menus, according to Technomic Inc.'s MenuMonitor 2016 Left Side of the Menu: Soup & Salad Consumer Trend report. From 2012 to 2016, sales from products containing quinoa have grown sevenfold. Quinoa continues to surge in usage and is increasingly included in nutrition bars, ready-to-eat cereal, oatmeal, gluten-free foods, tortilla chips, crackers, snacks, prepared dinners and side dishes, all in a variety of packaging. "The quinoa market is often affected by South American supply challenges and spikes in pricing," says Mike Veal, Ardent Mills Vice President of Marketing, "with all the unique aspects and certainty of this program, we are introducing locally grown quinoa under our new Ardent Mills Great Plains Quinoa™ brand. This will help clearly define our quinoa as grown in North America along with all the assurances that are available from Ardent Mills. Assurances include supporting North American family farms in the program and our commitment to food safety, quality, supply and transparency. We are also committed to price predictability and can offer up to a two-year price guarantee." Ardent Mills Great Plains Quinoa™ line includes seeds, whole grain flour, flakes, crisps, custom multigrain blends and mixes. All of these products are available in bulk, 50-pound bags and small pack options. Ardent Mills Great Plains Quinoa can also be blended with red and black varieties. For more information or to purchase, please contact Ardent Mills at 888-685-2534. Ardent Mills has a strong record for innovation and creating markets for foods that raise the standard of health: Ultragrain® white whole wheat, Sustagrain® barley the highest fiber commercially available whole grain and SafeGuard® flour as well as SafeGuard® Treatment and Delivery System are just a few examples.
 
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Awards presented annually to Canadian food and beverage companies and individuals making contributions to food safety GUELPH, Ontario – NSF International, a global public health organization, has announced the winners of the 2017 Food Safety Recognition Awards, which recognize Canadian food and beverage companies and individuals that have made great contributions to food safety, whether it is by leading food safety excellence within an organization, contributing to advances in food safety science or engaging in food safety public education and action. This year’s winners are: Food Safety Leadership Award – Angela Bernoski, Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety, Piller’s Fine Foods, Waterloo, Ontario Food Safety Excellence Award – The Original Cakerie, Canada Allied Trades Food Safety Award – TrainCan, Toronto, Ontario “There are many food safety success stories in Canada and we created these awards as a mechanism for sharing and celebrating those successes,” said Paul Medeiros, Managing Director of NSF International’s Consulting and Technical Services in North America. “The NSF International Canadian Food Safety Recognition awards recognize and encourage excellence and innovation in management practices, leadership, processes and technologies that advance food safety in Canada.” Each year, an independent panel of food safety experts from academia, industry and the regulatory community reviews nominations from across Canada to select the recipients. Nominations are evaluated on the basis of excellence and leadership in the advancement of food safety. NSF International will honor the award winners later this year at a ceremony on November 9, 2017, during the State of the Industry flagship event at the Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton, Ontario. To learn more about the awards criteria and view this year’s winners, please visit NSF International’s website . For more information, and for photos of this year’s winners, please contact Lise Smedmor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-821-1246, ext. 5024.
 
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FOOD GIANT CEOs GATHER IN HOUSTON FOR GLOBAL FOOD SAFETY CONFERENCE North American icons Tyson, Cargill and Wegmans join with international peers in top industry event WHAT: Press conference to launch the 16th Global Food Safety Conference, the industry’s flagship global food safety event, bringing together over 1,000 food industry representatives from more than 60 countries. Announcements at Tuesday’s press conference are expected to reveal groundbreaking strides in public-private collaboration, with the outcomes of the G2G and G2B meetings (government and business) hosted by GFSI just ahead of the conference. This is a unique opportunity for governments to speak amongst themselves and with business leaders on how to best leverage industry investment for better public health outcomes. More than 100 representatives from 25 countries will attend including the USA, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. Multilateral organizations such as UNIDO, FAO and IICA will also be around the table in these unprecedented global discussions, expected to generate first-of-its-kind understandings between world governments and business to create a safer food supply. GFSI will also announce its key breakthrough in the highly-anticipated publication of the Benchmarking Requirements V7, the world’s most widely accepted benchmarking criteria which acts as a “food safety passport” across global supply chains. The Chair of the GFSI Board of Directors will explain what this means for the industry amidst the current context of international trade, the U.S. FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), food fraud challenges and increased demand for transparency – all for the benefit of consumers around the globe. There will also be a focus on the collaborative work done by the industry via GFSI on Food Safety Culture, capability building with GFSI’s Global Markets Programme for operations who lack or have undeveloped food safety systems and harmonization, with announcements from Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International and Danny Wegman, CEO of Wegmans Food Markets. They will lend their unique perspective as members of the Board of Directors of The Consumer Goods Forum, where they represent GFSI to 51 other CEOs of leading retail and manufacturing companies. WHEN: Press Conference: Tuesday, February 28 at 11 a.m. Global Food Safety Conference: Tuesday 9 a.m. to Thursday 12:45 p.m. Press passes include access to the full business programme. WHERE: Hilton Americas-Houston 1600 Lamar Street Houston, TX 77010 Press conference: Level 3, Room #343 | Press room: Level 3, Room #332 THEME: “Leadership for Growth” is the theme of GFSI’s 16th Global Food Safety Conference. In a striking demonstration that “food safety must come from the top” in a company food safety culture, eight CEOs of leading food industry companies will take the stage at this important global event. TOPICS: Business growth • consumer trust • food safety • international trade harmonization • capability building • food safety culture • collaboration beyond borders and barriers • public-private partnerships • supply chain management • regulations • compliance • traceability • certification • food safety management systems • food fraud • recalls • listeria control • audits • innovation • technology • cross contamination • allergens • transparency • whole genome sequencing • transparency WHO: The conference is hosted by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the global industry-driven collaboration for Safe Food for Consumers, Everywhere. The conference speaker lineup includes over 70 experts and thought leaders set to take the stage over the 3 days of conference sessions, such as: * Dave MacLennan, CEO, Cargill * Doug Baker, CEO, Ecolab * John P. Bilbrey, CEO, The Hershey Company * Irene Rosenfeld, CEO, Mondelēz * Tom Hayes, incoming CEO, Tyson Foods * Danny Wegman, CEO, Wegmans Food Markets * Emmanuel Faber, CEO, Danone (video message) * Dr. Roberta Bondar, Astronaut, Physician, Scientist * Adam Shaw, Journalist & Presenter, BBC * Stephen Ostroff, Deputy Commissioner, Office of Foods & Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food & Drug Administration, FDA * Representatives from national government agencies including U.S. FDA, Canada’s CFIA, China’s CNCA, the Netherlands’ Ministry of Economic Affair and Mexico’s Senasica. Also participating: The Coca-Cola Company • McCormick • Ahold Delhaize • General Mills • Hormel Foods • Land O’Lakes • McDonalds • Nestlé • Carrefour • Tesco • and many more. Press Conference announcements from: * Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International * Danny Wegman, CEO of Wegmans Food Markets * Mike Robach, Vice President, Corporate Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory for Cargill, Inc. USA & Chair of the GFSI Board of Directors * Peter Begg, Sr. Director, Global Quality Programs, Mondelez International & GFSI Board of Directors * Hugo Fragoso, Director General, Senasica, Mexico REQUEST YOUR PRESS PASS: Brian Murnahan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 817-689-9913
 
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3M New Generation Pathogen Tests for Listeria, Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella Receive New Validations ST. PAUL, Minn. – February 07, 2017 – 3M Food Safety today announced its next generation 3M™ Molecular Detection Assays for ¬Listeria, Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella have been certified by NF VALIDATION from AFNOR Certification. Earlier this year, all three assays were also designated by AOAC INTERNATIONAL® as Official MethodsSM. These pathogen test kits were introduced last year as part of the 3M™ Molecular Detection System platform, award-winning technology that leverages the combination of isothermal DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection. The test kits are accurate, faster to get results easy-to-use and offer a cost effective solution with high sensitivity and specificity. NF VALIDATION by AFNOR Certification The NF VALIDATION certification process is comprised of two phases, beginning with a method comparison study in which a single, expert lab thoroughly tests the new technology’s effectiveness versus standard methods. Subsequent to that, an inter-laboratory study occurs in which multiple laboratories compare the efficacy of both the new test method and reference method under defined conditions of reproducibility and repeatability. The validation for the 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Listeria (Certificate reference number: 3M 01/14-05/16), 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Listeria monocytogenes (Certificate reference number: 3M 01/15-09/16), and for the 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Salmonella (Certificate reference number: 3M 01/16-11/16), certifies that the test kits are each equivalent to or better than standard reference methods in detecting those pathogens in all human foods as well as in samples from the food processing environment, excluding primary production samples. “Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes are among the most common pathogens responsible for foodborne illness outbreaks throughout the world, so being able to offer rapid assays for these pathogens that stand up to the rigor of AFNOR Certification criteria is a key milestone for our customers,” said Marie-Pierre Copin, 3M Food Safety’s European Regulatory Affairs Specialist. AOAC OMA The Official Methods of AnalysisSM program, is an internationally recognized program for chemical, microbial and molecular biology testing methods, consists of a multi-laboratory validation of the method, and subsequent review by an expert panel. Complete reviews of the studies conducted for these validations have been published by the Official Methods of Analysis of AOAC INTERNATIONAL, online at http://eoma.aoac.org. “We are pleased to be able to bring extensively validated testing solutions to the marketplace,” said Lisa Monteroso, 3M Food Safety’s Regulatory Affairs. “As the food safety landscape changes and regulatory requirements become more stringent, these certifications reaffirm our products’ high level of performance and provides our customers with additional data to support method implementation.” 3M Food Safety is a leader of innovative solutions that help the food and beverage industries optimize the quality and safety of their products to enable consumer protection. It provides solutions that mitigate risk, improve operational efficiencies and impact bottom lines. For more information on the next generation 3M Molecular Detection Assay solutions, visit 3M.com/foodsafety/MDA2.
 

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