OMAHA, NEBRASKA, U.S. — Domenico Santoianni from ADM Milling Company’s Montreal, Quebec, Canada, facility was named the 2014 Milling Operative of the Year.
The award was presented on May 22 during the International Association of Operative Millers Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony. The ceremony was part of IAOM’s 118th Annual Conference & Expo.
Paul Campbell of ADM Milling, presented the award to Santoianni.
“This individual led his team consistently to the best milling efficiencies in North America,” Campbell said.
Established in 1986 by Milling & Baking News, sister publication of World Grain, the award is given to the practicing milling operative who has made the most significant contribution to the progress of a plant, a company and the industry from an operating point of view.
The winner received an inscribed plaque, and a scholarship will be established in his name at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.
Previous recipients include:
Tim Carroll, Pendleton Flour Mills, Blackfoot, Idaho, US, in 2013
Ken Ball, Star of the West Milling, Quincy, Michigan, US, in 2012
Scott Martin, ConAgra Mills, Omaha, Nebraska, US in 2011
Emil Kolb, Cargill, Minneapoils, Minnesota, US in 2010
Greg Ball, King Milling Company, Lowell, Michigan, US, in 2009
Ted Korolchuk, ConAgra Mills, Omaha, Nebraska, US, in 2008
Michael Wade Blalock, Milner Milling Company Inc., Barnesville, Georgia, US, in 2007
Todd Peterson, North Dakota Mill, Grand Forks, North Dakota, US, in 2006
Everett Abercrombie, Horizon Milling, Chattanooga, Tennessee, US, in 2005
Mike Long, Bay State Milling Company, Quincy, Massachusetts, US, in 2004
Bob Reid, The Mennel Milling Company, Fostoria, Ohio, US, in 2003
Kevin Doehring, American Italian Pasta Co., Excelsior Springs, Missouri, US, in 2002
Neil Mathieson, Robin Hood Multifoods Inc., Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada, in 2001
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, the world’s wheat supply has been thrown into question, with poorer nations facing scarcity and a potential food crisis, according to the United Nations.
Following are countries among the world’s least developed that are the most dependent on Russia and Ukraine for their annual wheat supply (2020), according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development. Nations in Africa import 44% of their wheat from Russia and Ukraine, according to the UN.
In marketing year 2022-23, the world is projected by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to produce 779.03 million tonnes of wheat and provide 204.89 million tonnes for export.
These are the eight major wheat importing nations/regions as listed in the monthly USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report and their annual tonnes with production.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February and the persistent La Niña climate phenomenon have combined to create some of the most volatile market conditions in recent memory, sending prices skyrocketing as nations that depend on wheat to feed their populations scramble to secure supplies.
Each month, the WASDE releases new projections to reflect the most recent global market and production conditions, and this slideshow will be updated with those changes.