To recognize the critical role suppliers play in ensuring food quality and safety, Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE:  ADM) sponsored a visiting grower delegation on Monday, July 30, during the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) annual Food Expo in Chicago.

Growers from Illinois, Minnesota and North Dakota attended IFT as guests of ADM. While at the show, the growers attended a luncheon with executives from ADM and IFT, during which they received a food industry overview and learned more about ADM’s efforts to ensure food quality and safety. In addition, the growers attended a presentation at the ADM booth and learned more about products developed by ADM using their food crops. They also had an opportunity to walk the tradeshow floor and talk with other exhibitors.

“Food safety is of greater concern today than perhaps ever before, and suppliers play a critical role in keeping our food safe,” said Mark Metivier, Director of Sales – ADM Specialty Food Ingredients. “ADM knows our suppliers and values our relationship with them. Because of our strong, vertically integrated position, we’re able to unite suppliers with food manufacturers to provide consumers with consistently safe and high-quality food ingredients.”

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is the world leader in BioEnergy and has a premier position in the agricultural processing value chain. ADM is one of the world’s largest processors of soybeans, corn, wheat and cocoa. ADM is a leading manufacturer of biodiesel, ethanol, soybean oil and meal, corn sweeteners, flour and other value-added food and feed ingredients. Headquartered in Decatur, Illinois, ADM has over 26,000 employees, more than 240 processing plants and net sales for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007 of $44 billion. Additional information can be found on ADM’s Web site at

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