CHATTANOOGA, TENN. — Grain Craft, the largest independent flour miller in the United States, announced on Feb. 5 that it has increased its commitment to improving wheat quality with another gift to the Kansas Wheat Commission Research Foundation (K.W.C.R.F.). The gift will build upon previous support of research to improve wheat quality and yield through proper fertility management.
“Preliminary results from the research indicate there is a strong correlation between proper fertility management of wheat by farmers and not only the quantity, but quality of the protein produced,” said Romulo Lollato, wheat production extension specialist at Kansas State University in Manhattan.
Grain Craft’s contribution makes the company a lead sponsor of the Fields Forward campaign. Fields Forward is the campaign to raise $4 million for the K.W.C.R.F. The three focuses of the campaign are funding of ongoing wheat research, developing future research talent, and building funds for the long-term support of wheat research facilities and technology. More information is available at www.fieldsforward.org.
“Grain Craft has led by example as a liaison between its customers and wheat scientists,” said Justin Gilpin, chief executive officer for the Kansas Wheat Commission. “They educate their customers about wheat quality while communicating those quality needs upstream to the research community. That dialogue is invaluable.”
Alan Koenig, chief supply chain officer for Grain Craft, said the company is committed to sourcing wheat with excellent milling and baking characteristics.
“We are proud to further our support of the ongoing improvement of wheat quality and the advancement of quality for the entire supply chain,” he said.
Grain Craft has a longstanding relationship with the Kansas Wheat Commission and Kansas State University. The company has supported each with collaborative partnerships, special funding and data analysis assistance throughout the years. In addition, Grain Craft participates in the internship program that is fielded through the K.S.U. Grain Science department.
The K.W.C.R.F. was established in 2011 as the official research fundraising organization for the Kansas Wheat Commission.
Grain Craft was created in 2014 by combining three of the nation’s top independent flour milling companies — Cereal Food Processors, Milner Milling, Inc. and Pendleton Flour Mills — to become the third largest U.S. flour miller. Headquartered in Chattanooga, with a satellite office in Kansas City, Grain Craft serves customers coast to coast through 14 milling locations.
According to Sosland Publishing’s 2020 Grain & Milling Annual, Grain Craft has a daily milling capacity of 161,500 cwts, ranking third in the United States behind Ardent Mills and ADM Milling.