BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, U.S. — Michael Holleman, director of culinary development for Indian Harvest, a producer and supplier of specialty grains, beans, legumes and blends for food service, has been named chairman of the Whole Grains Council’s (WGC) board of advisers. His two-year term begins this month.

Holleman has been a member of the WGC board since May 2007 and an industry member of the WGC since early 2005. As chairman of the board he will lead the board, with scientific and culinary advisers, in assisting WGC administrators and staff with several initiatives that include encouraging manufacturers to create whole grain products, helping consumers find whole grain foods and understand their health benefits, and helping the media to write accurate, compelling stories about whole grains.

“We’re delighted to have Chef Mike’s leadership on our board of advisers,” said Sara Baer-Sinnott, president of Oldways and the WGC. “Given the great strides of our initiative in recent years, the continued support of and partnership with Indian Harvest will help sustain and further our mission.”