On June 12th, the ABA Board of Directors convened for their Summer Meeting in Washington, DC. The industry leaders heard from the ABA professional staff who presented a “tsunami” of policy and regulatory issues affecting the baking industry. The group focused on strategies and future action plans for tackling the heavy regulatory agenda that lays ahead. They were also briefed by industry partners on their respective developments and activities. The ABA Board of Directors will next meet October 28-29, in Dallas, Texas.
The ABA Board of Directors gathered on June 11th for their Summer Meeting Reception and Dinner at the National Restaurant Association’s new state-of-the-art test kitchen. They were joined by special guest and 2013 Baker’s Dozen Award recipient, Congressman Bob Goodlatte (VA-6), who discussed sugar reform, the Renewal Fuel Standard and the U.S. ethanol policy and the potential costs these issues will have on businesses and consumers, as well as a variety of other issues impacting bakers and their suppliers.“Our current policies are driving up the cost of food and without reform, jobs and industries will be at risk,” said Rep. Goodlatte. “At a time when our economy is still struggling to recover, the last thing families and small businesses need are costly government policies that increase their grocery bills.”
ABA President and CEO Robb MacKie remarked, “It was a fantastic evening and we thoroughly enjoyed hearing from Congressman Goodlatte who continues to be a go-to champion for the baking industry.”