Tales from the Road: IFT 2016


Another successful IFT is in the books for Didion! This year at our booth we served up a new take on the classic carnita – a dish traditionally consisting of shredded pork served in burritos, tacos or tamales.

Didion’s Cantina CORN-ita used our HarvestGold corn meal to create a flat corn pancake base, replacing the traditional tortilla. The pancake was then topped with pulled pork, guacamole, sour cream, fresh cilantro, and a hint of key lime juice. Using corn meal enhanced the texture, color and especially the flavor of the CORN-ita!

Check out this behind-the-scenes look at our CORN-itas being made at our booth during the show:

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Our team had a blast in Chicago and we hope that all of you who attended did as well!


Tales from the Road: IFT ’15


IFT is coming up July 12-14 and this year it is back in Chicago. For our food sample we decided to put a new twist on a Polish favorite and a Chicago classic!  This year we are featuring a whole grain, gluten free pierogi.

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A pierogi is a traditional Polish dish that has become a Chicago classic. This stuffed dumpling is boiled and then sometimes pan-fried, depending on the filling. Our dough will use whole grain corn flour and rice flour (instead of the traditional wheat) to keep them gluten free.

Pierogi fillings can be sweet or savory – we will serve three different types so be sure to stop by often and see what flavors we are offering!

See how Didion’s ingredients will be used in our Pierogi:


With great flavor, plus the added benefit of being gluten free, whole grain corn flour is a better option than many of the starch ingredients typically found in gluten free products. Whole grain corn flour bring all the bulk of other starches along with a pleasing flavor.


Corn bran — featured in the filling of the lunch/dinner pierogi — adds fiber, delivers unique mouthfeel and nut-like notes that round out the flavor profile.


Our pre-gelatinized corn flour creates a thick preservative- and additive-free sauce, and also acts as a dough conditioner to improve the pierogi wrapper’s texture and eating quality.

Come visit Didion Milling at IFT Booth 754 and see what they are all about!

By: Riley Didion, VP of Business Development at Didion Milling

Tales From the Road: IFT ’14 Part 2


Jeff, Riley & I at the Didion booth

Another IFT is in the books! Though this wasn’t my first time at the show, it was my first time attending IFT as part of the Didion team. I enjoyed talking with attendees about our new yeast protein products and their potential in the food and flavor industry.

We also had some great conversations focused on the newest addition to our HarvestGold Family of Corn Products, whole grain corn flour. It was the featured product in our Big Easy Breakfast Beignet, a special corn ingredient application we created for the IFT show in New Orleans. As Jeff mentioned last week, the beignets were made fresh at the booth by renowned New Orleans chef Frank Sclafani. The beignets were so popular that we actually ran out before the show was over!

If you weren’t able to make the show or try our Big Easy Breakfast Beignet, take a look at this video of Chef Frank and Jeff as they make and sample this delicious twist on a New Orleans classic.

By: Chris Gudaitis, Business Development Manager at Didion Milling

Tales From the Road: IFT ’14 Part 1


Day 2 of IFT is in full swing here at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans! Riley, Chris, Katie and I are at booth 4248, talking whole grain and how Didion takes a fresh look a corn.

Renowned chef Frank Sclafani is also at our booth, serving up Didion’s twist on a New Orleans classic – the Big Easy Breakfast Beignet.

Crispy, savory and healthy, it features andouille sausage, onion, celery and red bell pepper and is served with a creamy mustard sauce or remoulade. This savory whole grain breakfast beignet features Didion’s HarvestGold® whole grain corn flour and corn bran, while the mustard sauce contains our corn bran and pregelatinized corn flour and the remoulade includes corn bran.

If you’re at IFT this week be sure to stop by and see us for an authentic New Orleans breakfast.

Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook feeds for live updates from the show.

By: Jeff Dillon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Didion Milling

Tales From the Road: Great Lakes IFT

logoGreetings from Battle Creek, Michigan!

Trade show season has officially begun and Jeff and I are at the Great Lakes IFT Suppliers’ Exhibit, talking about our HarvestGold Family of Corn Products. We’d love to show you a sample of our products, including the newest product line addition – whole grain corn flour.

If you’re in town for the show, stop by and see us! We’ll be at booth #18.

To learn more about Great Lakes IFT, visit their website.

By: Riley DidionSales Manager at Didion Milling

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Tales From the Road: Petfood Forum

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Greetings from Chicago! I’m excited to be at my first show with Didion, the 2014 Petfood Forum, introducing Didion’s new line of yeast products harvested from our ethanol fermentation process.

Kibble Kick is a yeast protein that enhances the taste profile of pet foods, while delivering vitamins, trace minerals, digestible proteins and amino acids. It is highly palatable and helps promote healthy skin and shiny coats.

ThriveStock is a high-quality livestock feed ingredient that provides digestible proteins, amino acids, vitamins and minerals along with distiller’s yeast and fermentative nutrients. It aids digestive tract function and promotes immune function.

Riley and I had a great day yesterday and are looking forward to day 2 of the show – stop by and visit us at booth #638!

By Chris Gudaitis, Business Development Manager at Didion Milling

Tales From the Road: Relax – We’ve Got You Covered

Nov. Trade Show MapGreetings from Chicago! We’re wrapping up our fall trade shows this week with one last big hurrah before the holidays.

We’re at the Chicago Sectional IFT trade show today to visit with our friends in the Chicago area about our corn products. Shawn Nelson, our R&D Manager, will be joining us at this year’s show. We’re excited for you to meet him! Visit our contributing authors page to learn more about Shawn. He’ll be at booth #847 with me and John and Riley Didion.


Riley and I will fly from Chicago to Las Vegas tonight for SupplySide West. Visit us at booth #11041 where we’ll help you relax. Why? Because our HarvestGold Family of Corn Products is gluten free, kosher, FSSC 22000 certified, high in fiber, available in whole grain and keeps your label clean and easy to read. At Didion Milling, we’ve got you covered. Enter to win one of two SpaFinder.com gift cards at our booth. We’re looking forward to seeing you on the road!

By: Jeff Dillon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Didion Milling

Tales From the Road: Minnesota IFT

It’s that time of year again! Jeff and I are pounding the pavement this fall on our trade show road trip.

Minnesota IFT

Next stop: Minneapolis, MN for the Minnesota IFT Suppliers’ Night on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 1-5 PM. If you’re in town for the show, please stop by! We will be at booth #429.

We have so much to share with you at the show – from our recent Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 to new product opportunities across our line of corn products. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

For more information about Minnesota IFT, visit their website.

By: Riley Didion, Sales Manager at Didion Milling

Tales From the Road: Talkin’ Corn at Longhorn

Riley and I dusted off our boots and traveled to Texas for Longhorn IFT. If you’re headed to the show today, please stop by booth #267 and say howdy!

Fwd: LIFT August Kickoff Social EventWe are excited to share all the exciting things going on at Didion – from our new whole grain capabilities to our recent gluten-free certification and Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

For more information about Longhorn IFT, visit their website.

By: Jeff Dillon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Didion Milling

A Look Back at IFT 2013

We had a great time at IFT last week, which took place at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Our 2013 theme, “Take a Fresh Look at Corn,” challenged attendees to see corn in a new light.

A move to high-fiber, gluten-free, easily-understood foods and other consumer-asked-for product features are having a growing influence on the food industry. Our HarvestGold Family of Corn Products help food companies meet these growing consumer demands.

Sales of high-fiber snack bars and cereals have risen in recent years with the high-fiber market expected to reach $28 billion by 2017. Likewise, the gluten substitute food and beverage industry, already a $2.7 billion business, is expected to grow to $4.3 billion over the next five years, according to Datamonitor.

Our unique IFT food sample, the Didion Corn Pup, was created by a gourmet chef as an update to the American classic corn dog. They included three Didion products: corn meal, corn bran and viscosity-controlled corn flour, making them not only high fiber but gluten-free! And no Corn Pup would be complete without our special high-fiber caramel and brown mustard sauce.

Check out this video of our Customer Service Manager, Karyn Hickman, making a batch of Didion Corn Pups at our IFT booth.

By: Jeff Dillon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Didion Milling