Italgrani USA’s durum flour mill achieves FSSC 22000 certification

St. Louis, MO (March 24, 2017) Italgrani USA announced today the successful completion of certification of the Food Safety Management System of its durum flour mill to the FSSC 22000 scheme standards.  This certification has recently gained full approval by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) following an extensive benchmarking process using international standards based on industry best practices and sound science.

FSSC 22000 is an ISO-based food safety management system certification that is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative.  Recognition by GFSI provides worldwide recognition and acceptance by food manufacturers and retailers.  FSSC 22000 defines requirements for integrated processes that work together to control and minimize food safety hazards.

Achieving certification to the FSSC 22000 scheme provides independent certification that products and processes comply with specific international standards. It enables a food supplier to give assurances that food has been produced, prepared and handled according to the most recognized standards. It also demonstrates a commitment to quality processes and continual improvement, and enables access to top retailers.

This certification represents Italgrani USA’s ongoing goal of producing safe, quality products and the commitment to meeting the needs and expectations of our customers. 

For more information concerning the FSSC 22000 certification please visit their website at


Mike Emert is the new Superintendent for US Durum Milling, Inc.

St. Louis, MO (March 2017) Mike has over 15 years experience in the flour milling industry. Prior to coming to Italgrani, Mike was the Sr. Head Miller for Ardent Mills.  He has extensive experience and expertise in milling operations and staff development. Mike graduated with a Degree in Milling Science and Management from Kansas State University and is an active member of the International Association of Operative Millers.  We are excited to add Mike to our company as we further develop our management team in our milling operations, reported Jim Meyer, President of Italgrani USA.


Patrick Prochno is a new By-Products Merchandiser for US Durum Milling, Inc.

St. Louis, MO (February 2017) Italgrani USA is pleased to announce that it has added Patrick Prochno as an Ingredient Merchandiser for U.S. Durum Milling which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Italgrani USA.  Patrick is a former member of the GFAI Scholarship Committee, a former NFA Associate Member and a current St. Louis Feed Club member.  We are very pleased to add Patrick to our sales team at U.S. Durum Milling, which will allow us to further expand and develop our services to our existing customer base as well as expand our reach to new customers.  Bob Huson, Ingredient Merchandising Manager, added: Patrick, with his experience, is a fine addition to our staff and is available for all your Midds, Pellets, and 2nd Clear Flour needs.  He is eager to supply competitive prices and provide exceptional service to all of our customers.


Italgrani USA to expand St. Louis, Missouri durum flour mill

St. Louis, MO (February 21, 2017) Italgrani USA announced today a significant expansion of its milling operations at its milling complex in St. Louis, Missouri. The expansion will encompass three components; an expansion of finished goods storage, a new 8,000 cwt daily capacity durum mill and expansion of its bagging capabilities.

The new finished goods tower, which includes 19 new storage tanks, will be operational by Q3 2017. This capacity will enhance the existing storage, and will allow for greater flexibility in serving customers.

The new 8,000 cwt durum mill, which is estimated to be operational by the end of Q2 2018, will be located adjacent to the existing durum milling unit in St. Louis. This new mill will enable Italgrani to serve its growing customer base as well as provide substantially more capacity to produce durum fancy patent and durum extra fancy patent flour. In addition, this new capacity will provide more flexibility and additional capacity to produce its organic semolina and flour products.

The bagging capacity expansion, which is estimated to be completed by Q1 2018, will be located on the Italgrani campus. This new building will allow for much greater capacity to serve customer volume requirements, but will also allow for greater flexibility to produce a wide variety of products much more efficiently.

These three projects represent a significant investment in the company and will allow Italgrani to continue to serve its customers’ growing needs. These investments, coupled with the substantial existing infrastructure at the St. Louis location, will allow Italgrani to continue to be responsive to its customers’ current needs as well into the future.

Italgrani USA currently operates a 20,000 cwt daily capacity durum mill in St. Louis, Missouri. This facility, which was first constructed in 1987, has been expanded several times over the past 25 years. This durum mill is supported by a 4 million bushel grain elevator located next to the mill. The complex also has the capability to receive shuttle trains of grain. Italgrani also operates three grain elevators in North Dakota, as well as a grain trading office located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Jim Meyer honored as an 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist.

St. Louis, MO (June 2016) Jim Meyer was honored in June as a Regional Finalist in the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  This group of leading entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs, private Jim Meyer Awardcapital investors and other regional business leaders. The award recipients were announced June 16 at a special gala at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City, MO. The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program recognizes business leaders in over 145 cities in 60 countries throughout the world.  Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.  Award winners in several national categories, as well as EY’s Overall National Award winner, will be announced at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards Gala in Palm Springs, California on November 19, 2016. 

Watch Jim's Video Profile and Acceptance speech here.


Tyson Giles is new Vice President at Mayco Export, Inc

Minneapolis, MN (May 2016) Italgrani USA is pleased to announce that it has added Tyson Giles as a Vice President at Mayco Export, Inc (a wholly owned subsidiary of Italgrani USA). We are very pleased to add Tyson to our management team at Mayco Export, which will allow our company to further expand and develop our services to our existing customer base, as well as expand our reach to new customers. Hank Thilmony, Executive Vice President of Mayco Export added: We are pleased to have Tyson join Mayco Export. He is very knowledgeable and widely respected in the grain industry. We look forward to working with Tyson in his new capacity.


Thilmony receives the USDGA’s distinctive Amber Award

Minot, ND (November 2015) Hank Thilmony, Executive Vice President of Mayco Export Company, received the U.S. Durum Growers Association’s 2015 Amber Award during the Crop Outlook and International Durum Forum banquet. The Amber Award recognizes individuals who have shown outstanding commitment and dedication to the durum industry in the areas of production, research or education.Hank Thimony

Since 1992, Hank has worked for Italgrani USA, beginning as the company’s grain trading coordinator. In 1999 he became the Executive Vice President of Mayco Export Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Italgrani USA. In his current position, Hank is responsible for all of Italgrani’s domestic and international durum origination, as well as supervising Italgrani’s grain elevator operations in North Dakota.    

USDGA’s mission is to increase the profitability of durum production through effective market development and promotion and coordinated communication and educational outreach.

For more information about USDGA and its mission, please continue to their website:


Meyer Trade Association Activities

St. Louis, MO (July 2015) Mr. Meyer is active in the following organizations:
North American Millers Association:
Mr. Meyer currently serves on the Executive Committee of NAMA, which is the national trade association for the milling industry in North America.

Grain Foods Foundation:
Mr. Meyer serves on the Board of Trustees of this organization. Grain Foods Foundation is a joint venture of members from the baking
and milling industries, and allied suppliers formed in 2004. Its mission is to advance public understanding of the beneficial role
grain-based foods play in a healthful diet.

National Pasta Association:
Mr. Meyer serves on the Board of Directors and also as the Treasurer of NPA. NPA works to increase the consumption of pasta, to promote the
development of sound public policy and, act as a center of knowledge for the industry

U.S. Durum Milling, Inc. scores high on recent annual AIB inspection

St. Louis, MO (February 2015) - American Institute of Baking International is recognized as being committed to protecting the safety of the global
food supply chain and delivering high value educational and technical programs. The inspection process is a collaborative one, based upon a collective
responsibility held between AIB International and Italgrani. Only AIB International inspectors, who are all AIB International employees and highly
trained, can conduct an AIB International GMP inspection. Italgrani's affiliate company, U.S. Durum Milling, Inc., achieved a significant score
in its annual AIB International audit. U.S. Durum Milling, Inc. was scored based upon AIB International's 11 Consolidated Standards for
Inspection. This annual inspection is an important tool that is used to improve upon U.S. Durum Milling, Inc.'s standard of excellence
when producing Semolina Flour and related products. Out of a possible 1,000 points U.S. Durum Milling, Inc. was awarded 955 points.

More information on AIB Consolidated Standards for Inspection can be found at