The ABA Board of Directors converged upon Washington last week for their annual summer meeting. To kick off the meeting, George Washington’s Mount Vernon opened its doors to the Board for a unique educational and dining experience – a tour of the estate and gristmill followed by period actors telling the story of “George Washington the Entrepreneur” during dinner in the distillery.
This memorable evening was followed by an information-packed meeting the next day. The ABA professional staff briefed the Board on the numerous advocacy efforts currently underway, including addressing the avian influenza’s impact on the egg supply, FSMA implementation and the 2015 Dietary Guidelines. Michael Taylor, J.D., Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the Food and Drug Administration, joined the group to discuss a variety of issues impacting the baking industry including the status of the partially hydrogenated oils policy, nutrition facts panel and serving size revisions and the sodium reduction target policy.
Another key policymaker who spoke with the group was Senator Dean Heller (R-NV). Sharing his thoughts on initiatives to strengthen the economy and encourage a thriving business climate, Senator Heller reinforced the important role of the baking industry to our political and economic system.
“Our Board of Directors dedicates their valuable time throughout the year to take a seat at the table and represent the interests of the ABA membership,” said Robb MacKie, ABA President and CEO. “The dynamic dialogue we had with one another, industry partners and policy influencers proved the critical importance of the Board’s leadership on behalf of the industry.”