Ardent Mills invests in retail packers to address demand in baking industry

USA – The premium flour and ingredients company Ardent Mills, has made significant updates and investments to its retail capabilities including the addition of new retail packers in the Northeast and Midwest regions and production of smaller retail pack sizes to address booming demand in the baking industry.

To meet customer’s needs on the East Coast and nationwide, Ardent Mills added a retail packer to the company’s existing operations in Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania, which has been fully operational since July 1.

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The Mt. Pocono Mill is currently producing small pack options such as 2-, 5- and 10-lb bags of flour.

“These significant investments will position us well and provide the necessary flexibility to serve our customers and consumers,” said Angie Goldberg, chief growth officer at Ardent Mills.

Ardent Mills flour varieties available in the new packs sizes include Hungarian Flour, Simply Milled Flours, Sustagrain Barley, Ultragrain, and Amapola, which can be found online and in grocery and club stores throughout the US (under retailers’ private label brands).

Responding to the rising demand for flour and baking ingredients fueled by increased interest in at-home baking during the pandemic, Ardent Mills created a new team of employees dedicated to its growing retail business.

So far, the retail team has added new warehouses for several of the company’s retail mills across North America to ensure supply continuity and timeliness of shipments to retailers.

Ardent Mills will also add three new retail packers and production lines to increase its manufacturing capabilities. One new line will be fully functional by September 2020 and the two other retail packers will upgrade existing lines by early 2021.

“These investments allow Ardent Mills to increase and streamline retail flour packaging capabilities, and continue to operate at an exceptional rate to safely serve retail demand, wherever it is needed,” said the company.

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Ardent Mills is the premier flour-milling and ingredient company whose vision is to be the trusted partner in nurturing its customers, consumers and communities through innovative and nutritious grain-based solutions.

Ardent Mills’ operations and services are supported by more than 35 flour mills, a specialty bakery, a mix facility, and a quinoa processing plant, all located in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Deeply rooted in communities throughout North America, Ardent Mills is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and employs more than 100 certified millers, supporting thousands of local jobs and contributing billions of dollars to local economies.

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