When discussing the healthfulness of your company’s products, how often do you find yourself starting sentences with “Why can’t we just say?...” As a researcher, I spend much of my time analyzing the contribution of grains to the American diet, working to clarify misconceptions around the health merits of grains.
Ah, even in what used to be called “the lazy days of summer,” people are busier than ever before. And because of this, consumers’ eating habits are changing and straying from the typical three-meal-a-day habit.
We recently talked with Rich Scalise, chairman and CEO of Hearthside Food Solutions, Downers Grove, Ill. Scalise is the new chairman of the American Bakers Association (ABA), Washington, and he had much to say about his new industry role, plans for the association and what shapes the baking industry.
A recent survey commissioned by the Grain Foods Foundation, Washington, D.C., and conducted online by Harris Interactive indicates that more than 41% of American adults eat sandwiches up to six times a week, and more than 60% eat a sandwich at least once per week. Americans like their sandwiches so much that 86% of adults maintain that they’d rather spend their lunchtime eating a sandwich than checking Facebook.
As part of its RISE campaign, the Grain Foods Foundation (GFF) partnered with a third-party vendor to develop Growing with Grains, a grains nutrition education curriculum aimed at reaching teachers in grades three through six.
The Whole Grains Summit was recently held in Minneapolis, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend. Organized by the Grains for Health Foundation, the intended purpose for the summit was to develop a strategic plan for research, integration, communication and implementation to advance consumption of whole grains.
Christine Cochran, president of the Commodity Markets Council (CMC) in Washington, D.C., is the new executive director of the Grain Foods Foundation (GFF), Ridgway, Colo. GFF operates as an independent organization jointly trusteed by the American Bakers Association (ABA) and the North American Millers’ Association.