Taiwan Flour Millers Share a Long History with U.S. Wheat Farmers
Behind the world’s most reliable supply of wheat are the world’s most dependable people. Those people, from U.S. Wheat Associates staff to the state wheat commissions and U.S. wheat farm families to the many hands along the U.S. supply chain, represent an industry that is always changing. But many of the overseas customers USW works with overseas can also say the same. Despite the different roles or distances between us, all of the people in our story share an unspoken connection, not only through U.S. wheat but through our shared values of growth, hard work and family.
These connections are a part of our story.
TONY YI-CHUEN HSU
Taiwan Flour Mills Association (TFMA); Taiwan
“Through the years, U.S. Wheat Associates has been a faithful and trustworthy partner and friend to TFMA. Every year, USW shares the latest milling technology and innovative baking skills, and monthly harvest and quality reports. Moreover, our millers and customers have the greatest of trust in U.S. wheat, and we are grateful for the support from USW. With a rich and long history in Taiwan’s milling industry, we are proud to provide the service to our customers with the support from our dear friends at USW. Please accept our heartiest congratulations on your 40th anniversary.”
TSUNG-YUAN (JOHN) LIN
General Manager Assistant, Ta Fong Flour Mill, Taiwan
“U.S. wheat has always been the major source [of information] for us to produce quality flour. As the third generation, I am proud that our mill has expanded to three mills, not only supplying flour to local stores, but also creating a livelihood for local citizens. In 2019, my wife and I were hosted by U.S. wheat farmers and staff in Oregon, Washington and Idaho prior to joining the Taiwan Good Will Mission. Bill Flory of Idaho and others were wonderful hosts and I realized that all farmers are so family oriented. The [production of] good quality of wheat is passed from one generation to another.”
HSIN HONG KUO
Chairman of the Board, Hong Ming Flour Mill, Taiwan
“Open for over 70 years, Hong Ming Flour Mill is the third largest in Taiwan. I have been in the business more than 30 years and am the second-generation owner. We received a government award in 2018 for producing high quality flour for the Taiwan baking and Chinese flour products industries. I have traveled to the United States several times with Taiwan Flour Millers Association and on the Taiwan Good Will Mission. We visited Idaho, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon and Washington to discuss wheat quality with U.S. wheat farmers. I am very supportive of USW programs and attend the annual Crop Quality seminar every year.”
Additional stories from other TFMA members will be shared in future Wheat Letter posts.