In the middle of such great excitement one story may be missed that deserves not just attention but also careful analysis. It is the revelation (right word in view of how it is different from earlier expectations) that wheat flour production by U.S. mills in 2013 attained a new record. Based on interpolated data by staff, output rose to 424,550,000 cwts, up 4,185,000 from the prior year and 3,280,000 above the former peak in 2000 as the new century began.
Yes, those are relatively modest gains, but after years in which decreases sometime occurred, in contrast with the roaring ‘90s of successive output records, 2013 hints of a slightly positive trend. Hardly any background could be more relevant to developments unfolding currently within grain-based foods to transform the industry. Positive production trends are the desired background for grain-based foods in times like these.