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2014 ABA Fall Policy Conference

Bakers’ Voices Heard on Capitol Hill on Railway, Sugar and Nutrition Labeling Changes

Bulletin cover Check out highlights of ABA’s 2014 Fall Policy Conference and ELDC Public Policy Forum where ABA members visited with members of Congress to discuss their concerns regarding issues affecting the baking industry.  ABA members sat down with lawmakers and addressed FDA’s nutrition facts panel change proposals, sugar reform, and the huge financial impact being caused by the railway issue.

 

 

 

Robb MacKie presenting Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) with her Bakers' Dozen Award for her leadership on issues important to bakers. After receiving his award, Rep. John Kline (R-MN-2) joked that he was sure he could find a few uses for the rolling pin in the House.
Robb MacKie presenting Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) with her Bakers’ Dozen Award for her leadership on issues important to bakers. After receiving his award, Rep. John Kline (R-MN-2) joked that he was sure he could find a few uses for the rolling pin in the House.

 

To kick off the Policy Conference, ABA hosted its annual Bakers’ Dozen Awards Reception on Capitol Hill honoring honoring Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Representatives John Kline (R-MN-2) and Chuck Fleishmann (R-TN-3). ABA Bakers’ Dozen Award recipients were chosen because they have a proven track record of championing reform and supporting the key issues important to the wholesale baking industry including: reducing the renewable fuel standard requirements, reforming the U.S. Sugar Program, and rescinding unnecessary Hours of Service provisions.
During this special reception that honors lawmakers dedicated support of the wholesale baking industry, Members of Congress and their staff enjoyed a sampling of wholesome products donated by ABA Member companies and a selection of wheat beers provided by the National Beer Wholesalers Association.
Brief summaries of ABA Committee meetings available – click here. More detailed coverage of the recent meetings and events held last week in Washington to come in the upcoming Fall Edition of Bulletin – stay tuned!