Chef Michael Holleman to Chair The Whole Grains Council Board of Advisors

Indian Harvest’s director of culinary development to preside over board of advisors of educational nonprofit initiative for 2011-2013 term.

BEMIDJI, MINN., June 15, 2011 – Michael Holleman, director of culinary development for Indian Harvest, a producer and supplier of specialty grains, beans, legumes and blends for foodservice, will serve as chair of The Whole Grains Council’s (WGC) board of advisors for a two-year term beginning this month.

WGC, an initiative of Boston-based 501(c)3 educational nonprofit Oldways, has promoted whole grains for better health since 2003. The black-and-gold Whole Grain Stamp introduced by WGC in 2005 appears on more than 5,000 products on grocery shelves around the world.

As chair, Holleman, who has served as a member of the WGC board since May 2007 and an industry member of WGC since early 2005, will lead the board, with scientific and culinary advisors, in assisting WGC administrators and staff with several initiatives that include encouraging manufacturers to create delicious 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 advisors,” says Sara Baer-Sinnott, president of Oldways and the Whole Grains Council. “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.”

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