China held its first-ever Whole Grain Forum on April 20-21, 2011 in Beijing, with an event co-organized by the Chinese government’s Public Nutrition and Development Center (PNDC), the Whole Grains Council, and the Grains for Health Foundation.

The Forum, which attracted an estimated 200 attendees, was an important step in a major whole grain promotion campaign planned by Chinese nutrition authorities. Cynthia Harriman and Kara Berrini attended, from Oldways and the Whole Grains Council, and the two dozen speakers included eight, below, representing U.S. companies and organizations.

If you’d like to learn more about this conference, please click on the links below.

Information about the WG Forum content
WGC’s Overview of the Whole Grain Forum (PDF)
China Grapples with Whole Grain Issues (blog)

Three blogs on whole grains in Beijing
Beijing Blog #1 – What’s Up with Whole Grains
Beijing Blog #2 – What’s Up with Whole Grains
Whole Grains in the Heart of Beijing

One more blog on food culture in general (not just whole grains!)
Two Hours Later You’re Not Hungry

Speakers’ Presentations

Regulations Concerning the Definition and Labeling of Whole Grain Foods
Cynthia Harriman, Director of Food & Nutrition Strategies, Whole Grains Council and Oldways (USA)
Download / Harriman (2.1M PDF)

American Whole Grain Nutrition and Regulations System
Kathy Wiemer, Director of General Mills Bell Institute of Health & Nutrition (USA)
Download  / Wiemer (2.4M PDF)

Global Grains Processing and Technological Trend
Steve McCurry, Vice President of the Grains for Health Foundation (USA)
Download / McCurry (632K PDF)
How do Whole Grains Fit with Consumers’ Approach to Wellness
Cathy Kapica, Senior VP of Ketchum Global Health and Wellness (USA)
Download / Kapica (1.6M PDF)

Benefits of Wheat Aleurone and Nutritional Ingredients
Walter von Reding, Buhler Corporate Development Nutrition (Switzerland)
Download / von Reding (1M PDF) 
Jessica Wellnitz, Senior Food Technologist, Cargill Foods (USA)
Download / Wellnitz (2.6M PDF) 

In-depth Analysis of Global Whole Grain Products
Beth Arndt, R & D Director of American ConAgra Foods Inc. (USA)
Download / Arndt (1.4M PDF) 

Whole Grain Meals for Schools
Len Marquart, President of Grains for Health Foundation, (USA)
Download / Marquart (1.5M PDF)

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