ABA Events at IBIE Wide Range of Policy Issues to Impact Bakers The ABA Government Relations Team partnered with Sosland Publishing Company in a special session during IBIE that explored a wide variety of key legislative and regulatory issues that impact bakers. Issues included market volatility, food safety and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the Farm Bill and sugar policy reform. The session also addressed nutrition policy and sustainability initiatives. The program format provided an open forum for ABA Government Relations Team members Lee Sanders, Senior Vice President Government Relations and Pubic Affairs; Rasma Zvaners, Policy Director, and Cory Martin, Government Relations Director, to outline the solutions-based approach ABA uses to educate policy and lawmakers. The ABA Government Relations Team: Cory Martin, The audience asked questions regarding the implementation of Obamacare Lee Sanders and Rasma Zvaners and what impact it will have on their bottom lines, as well as how FSMA will impact smaller bakery business practices and requirements. Josh Sosland, Editor for both Milling and Baking News and Food Business News, served as moderator for the hourlong session.
Find more on ABA issues and policy priorities at: www.americanbakers.org/issues.
Lee Sanders Recognized for 20 Years of Service to ABA and the Baking Industry Following the ABA ELDC Leadership Forum, ABA Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Pubic Affairs and “recognized industry expert” Lee Sanders was honored before a large crowd of her peers and baking industry executives. ABA President and CEO Robb MacKie, Theresa Cogswell, BakerCogs Inc., and ABA Chairman Robin Alton, Pan-O-Gold Baking Company, congratulated Lee and gave remarks on her many years of service and accomplishments on behalf of the baking industry. “There is no stronger advocate for the baking industry than Lee,” said MacKie. “Don’t let the sweet smile and soft, Southern accent fool you — her strong, steady, steel determination comes out when it comes to going toe-totoe with misguided policymakers.” Lee Sanders with ABA Chairman Robin Alton (left), Pan-O-Gold Baking Co., and ABA President and CEO Robb MacKie
Pictured above: Lee Sanders and George Deese, Flowers Foods Pictured left: Lee Sanders with Theresa Cogswell (left), BakerCogs Inc., and Len Heﬂich, Grupo Bimbo