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USA’s Midwest is home to firms devoted to supplying the highest quality, natural grains & oilseed ingredients
Some in the international food industry might not look to the U.S. as their first option for sourcing natural, non-GMO grains and ingredients, but the Midwest Shippers Association (MSA), a regional U.S. trade association, aims to change that thinking.
“The USA’s Midwest region is home to a vibrant, dedicated wide range of companies who are committed to producing the highest quality, natural food ingredients, grains, soy and oilseeds to be found anywhere in the world,” says MSA Executive Director Bruce Abbe.
“In fact, our members’ business models and supply chain operations are geared to having close relationships with their farmers, maintaining advanced identity preserved (IP) handling systems, while promoting sustainable production and processing. They utilize field-to-table systems to provide natural, non-GMO specialty grains and grain ingredients that are uniquely tailored to their customers’ needs.”
MSA can make supply lead inquiries and connections for food manufacturers to as many as 40 Midwest USA member companies involved in a range of high quality food ingredient grain products. They include: peas, lentils and pulses; cereals, brans and milled grain products; non-GMO, high protein food grade soybeans; wheat, oats, barley and small grains; flax, sunflowers, borage and oilseed ingredients; edible beans and more. Third party verification and auditing is available and often used.
Food manufacturers can inquire or make a trade sourcing request through MSA’s web portal at www.midwestshippers.com.
Asian food manufacturers, particularly soy food companies, have long been the primary international market for Midwest Shippers member companies have long exported IP food grains and soybeans.
Most recently, the organization participated at the Food Ingredients Europe/Natural Ingredients exhibition in Paris, France December 1-3 to re-emphasize the interest of U.S. natural grain suppliers in serving the European food industry.
Three of MSA’s leading companies also joined the trade mission to FIE, including: