Identity-preserved wheat: from field to flour

Do you know where your food comes from?

The farm to table movement has made us all more aware of eating good food – food that’s minimally processed, hasn’t traveled halfway around the world (and back again) to grace our tables, and whose raising has been kind to the environment.

But how often do you really know where your food comes from – unless you’re shopping at farmers’ markets, or growing/raising it yourself?

Without further ado, let us introduce you to King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour – now milled from identity-preserved wheat.

Identity-preserved wheat via @kingarthurflourAvailable now (or soon) in your local supermarket, this identity-preserved (IP) flour is produced from wheat grown within 200 miles of its Kansas mill.

Identity-preserved wheat via @kingarthurflour

The wheat growers are farmers we know and trust. Members of a local farmers’ cooperative, we’ve been working with many of them for years. They grow the white wheat and deliver it to the mill, where it’s ground into flour and packed in our King Arthur bags.

From there it’s an easy train ride to the warehouses serving your local supermarkets.

Identity-preserved wheat via @kingarthurflour

But this traceable path from field to flour isn’t all that distinguishes our IP white whole wheat. We’ve also worked with our farmers to ensure that the wheat is top quality – grown from certified seed, approved both for its optimum performance in the field, and its bakeability in your kitchen.

The wheat is grown using responsible farming methods. Through crop rotation and the use of cover crops; using low-water irrigation methods and not tilling (to reduce erosion), the farmers are good stewards of their land. Which means the land will be fertile for generations to come – producing the food that feeds us all.

Identity-preserved wheat via @kingarthurflour

Today is Earth Day. What better way to celebrate than to say a heartfelt thank you to our American farmers – and to welcome King Arthur identity-preserved white whole wheat flour to your kitchen.

Identity-preserved wheat via @kingarthurflour

 

Read more about identity-preserved white whole wheat flour.

Purchase online now.

Start baking with white whole wheat flour in your favorite recipes.

Our thanks to King Arthur Flour’s Julia Reed for the photos accompanying this blog post.

PJ Hamel
About

PJ Hamel grew up in New England, graduated from Brown University, and was a Maine journalist before joining King Arthur Flour in 1990. PJ bakes and writes from her home on Cape Cod, where she enjoys beach-walking, her husband, two dogs, and really good food!

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  1. Carol Lander

    As a cooking instructor, I’ve always loved to use King Arthur flour and have promoted it in my classes and on my blog. I’m so pleased, but not one bit surprised, that KA has taken the steps to ensure the highest quality in its products. Congratulations and thank you for your commitment to bakers using the best.

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    1. Sue

      Yes, I just found all this out after suffering Auto Immune Deficiency. I have always said it has to be what they are putting in our food. Thank you King Arthur I may be able to have bread again, 🙂

  2. Lorrie Harder

    Just wondering if genetically modified seeds are used in this product. I have a bag on my shelf and love it but am becoming more concerned about all the GMO seeds that are out there. Thank you!

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    1. MaryJane Robbins

      Hi Lorrie,
      We appreciate the question. All of our flours are sourced non-GMO, including our new IP wheat. At this time, GMO wheat is not approved for commercial production or sale in the United States and North America. We do hope you’ll read our GMO statement on our site, we’ve striven to be as clear and transparent as possible in answering these important questions. MJR @ KAF

  3. Wendy Courtney

    I understand all the sustainable processes you use. I’m wondering from your use of the words certified seed if these are GMO seeds? I noticed the absence of the words Non GMO.

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    1. MaryJane Robbins

      Hi Wendy,
      It’s a good, thoughtful question. All of our flours are sourced non-GMO, including our new IP wheat. At this time, GMO wheat is not approved for commercial production or sale in the United States and North America. We do hope you’ll read our GMO statement on our site, we’ve striven to be as clear and transparent as possible in answering these important questions. MJR @ KAF

    1. MaryJane Robbins

      Hi Eve,
      All of our flours are sourced non-GMO, including our new IP wheat. At this time, GMO wheat is not approved for commercial production or sale in the United States and North America. We do hope you’ll read our GMO statement on our site, we’ve striven to be as clear and transparent as possible in answering these important questions. MJR @ KAF

  4. Diane Simon

    I commend you on coming out with producing wholesome wheat products. Is this wheat produced from modified wheat that has been genetically altered to create more gluten in the end product? I use your flour for my baking as it makes the best breads. However, my daughter, an adult, has developed a serious allergy to wheat. Other friends of mine also developed allergies to wheat.
    Did you know that Oxford University presented a study years ago that wheat as we know it today is not the wheat grown a century ago. They tested the remains of centuries old thatched roofs which contained enough strands of wheat to test, and found that today’s wheat has been dramatically altered to increase gluten in wheat to fill the tummies of increasing populations. Not good. It has caused a reaction in greater demand for gluten free products.

    Reply
    1. MaryJane Robbins

      Hi Diane,
      All of our flours are sourced non-GMO, including our new IP wheat. At this time, GMO wheat is not approved for commercial production or sale in the United States and North America. We do hope you’ll read our GMO statement on our site, we’ve striven to be as clear and transparent as possible in answering these important questions. ~ MJ

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Our Identity Preserved White Whole Wheat Flour is milled from a blend of white wheat varieties. Each batch may contain a different blend of varieties while maintaining our strict product specifications in order to deliver you the very best in whole grain baking flour. Happy baking, Kathy! Jesse@KAF

  5. Philip Richards

    The genetic make up of today ‘s wheat crop has changed. How does it compare nutritionally to the old seed our ancestors might have used? What are the differences one would find in a baked product? Do bakers see a difference in flavor? Is flour from the more ancient wheat seed available?

    Thank you,

    Philip

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    1. MaryJane Robbins

      Hi Philip,
      Because seeds have been changing naturally over decades due to natural selection and scientific hybridization, it’s nearly impossible to tell which exact strains may have been used at any given time. It’s also hard to tell if there would be noticeable difference in flavor or texture as you’d really need to run side by side tests to check out the results.
      That being said, there are some growers out there who grow heritage wheat varieties. We’d encourage you to try some and see how you like it in your kitchen. ~ MJ

  6. Leslie

    Kudos to Ya’ll!!! I love the idea of knowing exactly where my flour has come from… I am an avid home-baker and have used your products for years.. I like your policy of an employee-owned company. It is gratifying to know that now they are even better!

    Reply
    1. MaryJane Robbins

      Hi Pat,
      The seeds are certified by a neutral 3rd party, so not KAF and not the farmer. They review records and make sure the seed meets the standards. ~MJ

  7. Jennifer Doorn

    I am glad you are taking some steps to create better flour, but if they are still gmo seeds it doesn’t matter how well you trace them. It all starts with quality seeds and you don’t seem to have any information to promote how you have quality seeds. It all starts with the seed.

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    1. MaryJane Robbins

      Hi Jennifer,
      Thanks for your concern. All the flour we produce is sourced Non-GMO. That means from the seed on up, the product is non-GMO. We hope you’ll take a moment to read more about this on our GMO Labeling page online. ~MJ

  8. PAUL C MORGAN

    It is not considered Whole Grain. Seems deceptive to call this product Identity Preserved if a portion of the kernel is removed. What percentage is filtered out? Do we know how much of this wheat variety’s identity is lost in pre-soaking and metal roller milling. King Arthur could be leading the way in restoring quality and nutrition to our country’s flour.

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    1. MaryJane Robbins

      Hi Paul,
      Sorry for any confusion, but the IP Wheat is 100% whole grain, 100% of the wheat berry. The “identity” in Identity Preserved refers to the fact that we can track the flour in a bag right back to the distributor, back to the mill, down to the farm, and all the way to the seed. We hope this helps clarify. MJR @ KAF

    1. Barbara Alpern

      EL and Carol, to be fair, a lot of these comments were posted at the same time, so they would not have been aware of other people asking the same question. And we don’t delete comments just because the question has been asked already. Barb@KAF

  9. Maureen Donovan-McLaughlin

    One of the main reasons that I love and have used King Arthur Flour for decades of my adult baking life. My grandmothers and mother were Gold Medal Flour bakers but I changed the mold and got my sister to change too. My daughter and sons us King Arthur and I have brought many friends to the King Arthur table over the years. They were reluctant to believe that changing brands would change their baking and cooking results but using King Arthur Flour proved my point. I also salute our farmers who use our precious land wisely and produce such wholesome foods for us to use and eat. It is hard work but they have a degree of dedication that is unmatched in today’s corporate and industrial world. Yes, they have industrialized our food supply to our detriment. Any farmer who resists that trend has my heartfelt vote.

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  10. Caroline

    Do you have any flour products that are certified free of glyphosate treated wheat? For a company with such a great values it seems like a must.

    Thanks for your question, Caroline.

    We do want to assure you that for all of our products, we start with our commitment to ensuring the highest quality possible. We partner with mills and farmers to produce flour that meets our high standards and specifications to ensure superior baking performance.

    While we don’t currently have flours in a glyphosate-free certification program, our team is always taking steps to improve our products to best meet the needs of our customers. A very recent example of this is the introduction of our White Whole Wheat Flour as King Arthur Flour’s first identity-preserved product. In addition to other requirements of this program, our farmers are not permitted to use glyphosate as a pre-harvest application on the white winter wheat it’s milled from.

    We do also offer a full line of 100% organic flours, where the use of synthetic chemicals, including glyphosate, is prohibited. We offer our organic line to ensure that our customers have options to suit their individual needs. Our organic flour line is also 100% US grown and milled wheat, independently verified by QAI (Quality Assurance International).

    Kindly,

    Jesse@KAF

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  11. Cyn Oleary

    Please post the requirements of the identity-preserved program that include the farmers not being permitted to use glyphosate as a pre-harvest application on the white winter wheat it’s milled from – I have not been able to locate the requirements on your site. I want to be sure the flour I buy does not have Roundup used on the wheat at all.
    Also, I’ve researched the National List of Approved and Prohibited Substances and I’m unable to find Glyphosate listed as prohibited. Please advise how you can say QAI independently verifies that your line of 100% organic flours does not have this chemical in/on the wheat when the chemical is not listed on the National List.

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    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Thanks for reaching out to us with your questions, Cyn.

      If you haven’t already come across it, you’ll be glad to learn that we outline the components of King Arthur Flour’s Identity Preservation program right on our website, here: http://bit.ly/2dgJ9t6

      Working with a small cooperative of farmers, our White Whole Wheat Flour is produced starting with certified seeds that are selected for their superior baking qualities. While an itemized list of requirements that farmers must meet isn’t delineated on our website at this time, our white winter wheat is grown by farmers who are committed to safe production methods and the long term stewardship of the land. The farmers record, track, and monitor their farming practices throughout each growing season.

      As you’d referenced, farmers are not permitted to use glyphosate as a pre-harvest application on the white winter wheat our flour is milled from. Our recommendation is that customers with concerns purchase from our full line of 100% organic flours, where the use of synthetic chemicals, including glyphosate, is prohibited.

      You won’t be able to find glyphosate on the National List of Approved and Prohibited Substances, because it is an herbicide approved for use by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Quality Assurance International certifies our organic flours, and that certification requires by law that organic flour cannot be exposed to synthetic chemicals, including glyphosate, during all stages of wheat production.

      If we can help answer any additional questions, please feel encouraged to email our friendly team via King Arthur Flour’s email contact tool, at: http://bit.ly/102Uyxt

      Kindly,

      Jesse@KAF

  12. April M Taylor

    Is King Author flour harvested by using glyphosate (Roundup)?
    Is there and glyphosate in this flour at all?
    For those who do not know, glyphosate is the main ingredient in Roundup. Yes, the same stuff you use to kill weeds. Farmers saturate their crops with it 7-10 days prior to harvest to kill the plant to make harvesting easier and more plentiful. Don’t take my word for it, research it for yourself.
    Sugar cane, wheat, corn, sweet potatoes, dried peas & beans, rice & seeds, oh…even rolled oatsare all contaminated with this poison!
    Just think of all the things you and your famille eat that have high fructose corn syrup in it. Would you spray Roundup on your family’s dinner salad? If you are not eating organic you won’t have to,….it’s already in there. Scary stuff!
    Many countries are banning glyphosate, but not the U.S., nope the USDA allows 4 times the amount any other country allows.
    Do not trust a label that says “organic” either, more and more organic items are testing positive for glyphosate.
    Please, protect your family and research this thoroughly. You will never look at a piece of bread the same way, never mind your favorite flavor of potato chips…
    I would like an answer to my original question
    as I’m sure many others now do as well.
    Thank you for your time.
    P.S. Are you gluten sensitive? It may not be gluten at all. It may be the glyphosate. (Roundup)

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    1. The Baker's Hotline

      April,

      For non-organic flours, glyphosate is federally approved for use by farmers. Any application must comply with its regulatory approval, and, if used, residual glyphosate levels in wheat should remain well below the federally mandated level for wheat of 30 parts per million.

      While we don’t currently have a testing program in place to determine if glyphosate is present in flour, our team is always taking steps to improve our products and best meet the needs of our customers. A very recent example of this is the introduction of our White Whole Wheat Flour (the subject of this article) as King Arthur Flour’s first identity preserved product. In addition to other requirements of this program, our farmers are not permitted to use glyphosate as a pre-harvest application on the white winter wheat from which it’s milled. We’re proud of this step taken within our supply chain.

      In a similar vein, synthetic chemicals, including glyphosate, are prohibited from use on the wheat that’s milled to make certified organic flours. King Arthur Flour offers a full line of 100% organic flours to ensure that our customers have options to suit their individual needs. Our organic flour line is also 100% US grown and milled wheat, independently verified by QAI (Quality Assurance International).

      Kind regards,

      Jesse@KAF

  13. Robert Schnurr

    Greetings King Arthur Wheat:

    We bought a bag of King Arthur yesterday for special meal but by coincidence my friend from England posted a blog stating that all american wheat is being desssicated by Monsanto Roundup. Monsanto ruined beans worldwide but wheat as well for an unproven benefit.

    She wrote:
    Subject: Why do Farmers Spray Roundup on Wheat, and Doctors Call it Celiac “gluten free”

    This comes from an enlightened farmer. Do you think we consumers are entitled to healthy food for our money? We should become aware of food safety issues to protect our own bodies and other bodies too. Farmers have duty of care to the customers. People should take the supermarkets to court if toxic food is supplied to them.Farmers do not get paid much for their produce so they are tempted to cut corners. Supermarkets ought to pay them fair prices for healthy food. Our very lives depend on that.

    Eat well and enjoy a good life.
    Irena

    Is King Arthur doing this too or how is the identity preserved feature working here?

    Robert Schnurr,
    Alexandria VA

    Reply
    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Thanks for choosing our flour for your special meal, Robert, and for your inquiry!

      We do want to assure you that for all of our products, we start with our commitment to ensuring the highest quality possible. We partner with mills and farmers to produce flour that meets our high standards and specifications to ensure superior baking performance.

      For non-organic flours, glyphosate (also called RoundUp) is federally approved for use by farmers. Any application must comply with its regulatory approval, and, if used, residual glyphosate levels in wheat should remain well below the federally mandated level for wheat of 30 parts per million.

      Per your question about our identity-preservation program and non-organic White Whole Wheat Flour, farmers are not permitted to use glyphosate as a pre-harvest application on the white winter wheat it’s milled from.

      In addition to this, we do also offer a full line of 100% organic flours, where the use of synthetic chemicals, including glyphosate, is prohibited. We offer our organic line to ensure that our customers have options to suit their individual needs. Our organic flour line is also 100% US grown and milled wheat, independently verified by QAI (Quality Assurance International).

      Kindly,

      Jesse@KAF

  14. JP

    Is your company planning on testing your organic flours for glyphosate? Many people are seriously worried about it in our food supply and are scrambling to find glyphosate-free gains (especially wheat). I’ve read that the even US organic wheat supply is contaminated with glyphosate. I’m waiting for a company to step up to the plate and show by independent testing that they are selling organic glyphosate-free wheat.

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    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Thanks for asking about our flour, JP. As a company, King Arthur Flour is committed to sourcing ingredients of the highest possible quality to ensure the very best baking results. As you may know, the use of synthetic pesticides, including glyphosate, is prohibited when it comes to certified organic foods. We do utilize independent, third-party verification by QAI (Quality Assurance International) to ensure our organic farmers strictly adhere to organic certification growing and handling requirements. We do not currently have our own testing program in place. Your interest in seeing testing introduced is something we appreciate hearing, and it’s a message that will be shared with our team members who work directly with our flour for their review and consideration. Kindly, Kye@KAF

  15. June Mallon

    I have been a loyal customer for 40 years, but won’t be buying your flour again until you can certify glyphosate isn’t being used in its production. Please consider changing your policy about this. From the comments above, it’s clearly costing you sales.
    I was confused by a response from you above that suggests that the use of glyphosate isn’t permitted in the production of your white whole wheat flour. Is that correct?

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    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, June. We genuinely appreciate hearing feedback from longtime customers like yourself. You are correct in thinking that in addition to other requirements, farmers are not permitted to use glyphosate as a pre-harvest application on the white winter wheat that our White Whole Wheat Flour is milled from. This flour is the introductory product in our Identity-Preserved Wheat program, and our team is proud of this step taken within our supply chain. Our line of 100% organic flours might also be of interest as the use of synthetic chemicals, including glyphosate, is prohibited. I hope that helps! Kye@KAF

  16. Paula

    Hi! I would like to be sure that NO ONE used round up or anything like it. Just to know that some may use is like a lottery. You may get sick. Is there any way to be sure? I use this flour to make my bread. And would love to keep doing it. Thanks

    Reply
    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Hi Paula,
      Thanks for reaching out to us with your concern and question. King Arthur Flour offers a full line of 100% organic flours, where the use of synthetic chemicals, including glyphosate (also called RoundUp) is prohibited. We proudly offer our organic line to ensure that our customers have options to suit their individual needs. Kindly, Kye@KAF

  17. Melissa

    Is hard spring wheat the same as hard red whole wheat? I am confused as to why the red whole wheat doesn’t have spring or winter in the name.. what is the difference between white and red wheat? Google isn’t making it easy on me.

    Reply
    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Hi Melissa, we understand it can be confusing, but let’s see if we can help clear some of the confusion up. Hard spring wheat is the kind of wheat that makes our Bread Flour. Hard red winter wheat is what makes our traditional Whole Wheat Flour. Wheat berries come in different colors, just like other kinds of plants. Think of red tulips and white tulips: same plant, different colors. The red wheat berries make up the darker Whole Wheat Flour, while the white wheat berries make up our White Whole Wheat Flour. We hope that helps! Kye@KAF

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