Ardent Mills expands into gluten-free milling with acquisition of Firebird Artisan Mills

USA – Ardent Mills has agreed to acquire the assets of Firebird Artisan Mills, as it looks to strengthen its position in the gluten-free milled grains market.  Specializing in the milling of gluten-free specialty grains and pulses, Firebird is part of Agspring, a holding company based in Leawood, Kansas, US.   Under the Agspring umbrella, Firebird was established in 2014 with the acquisition of the assets of Dakota Prairie Organic Flour Co. in Harvey.   In 2017, Firebird added two production lines to the Harvey operation and said it believed the company had become the “largest 100%…

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Bunge raises full year outlook as Ardent Mills’ earnings rise sharply in Q2

US – Missouri-based oilseed processor Bunge has raised its fiscal-year outlook for a second time this year following an impressive first half that included a strong performance in Refined and Specialty Oils.  The company reported six-month net sales of US$28.35 billion, a 52% jump from $18.64 billion achieved in the same time of the previous year.  Over the first six months of the 2021 fiscal year, Bunge reported a net income of US$1.19 billion, or US$7.85 per share on the common stock, which more than tripled the net income of US$332 million achieved…

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Ardent Mills partners Nutrien Ag to advance regenerative agricultural practices

US – Ardent Mills, one of the leading flour-milling and ingredient companies in the United States, has partnered with Nutrien Ag Solutions, the retail division of the world’s largest crop inputs company, to advance regenerative agriculture practices.  According to a statement by Ardent Mills, the program is aimed at strengthening the soil ecosystem and helping producers improve their farms’ productivity and profitability.   The program uses key outcomes and provides side by side quality comparisons to comprehensively understand how regenerative agriculture affects the quality of wheat.  Through the program, the leading flour miller hopes to…

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Ardent Mills acquires US chickpea supplier Hinrichs to meet growing demand for pulses

US — Ardent Mills, a leading flour milling and grain handling company, has completed the acquisition of Hinrichs Trading Company, a US-based chickpea sourcing, cleaning and packaging business. Based in Pullman, Wash., HTC operates across five locations in Washington and Montana and boasts of more than 30 years of experience in the production and supply of chickpeas. The company also has long-term production contracts with chickpea growers across US production areas. Ardent Mills said the acquisition represents another step in the company’s strategic plan to expand its specialty ingredient capabilities…

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Ardent Mills eyes acquisition of chickpea processing firm Hinrichs Trading Company

US – North America’s leading flour supplier Ardent Mills has announced its intention to acquire the operations of US-based chickpea sourcing and processing firm, Hinrichs Trading Company as part of the company’s strategy to diversify its portfolio of solutions. Headquartered in Pullman, Washington, Hinrichs  oversees production and processing of chickpea products across five locations in Washington and Montana With a Hinrichs acquisition, Ardent Mills is looking to further invest in its speciality ingredient capabilities, building upon its existing wheat flour business. “Ardent Mills and Hinrichs Trading Company share a strong…

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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. The Mt. Pocono Mill is currently producing small pack options such…

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Ardent Mills to acquire Andean Naturals’ quinoa operations

USA – Flour-milling and ingredient company, Ardent Mills has entered into an agreement to acquire Andean Naturals’ quinoa sourcing, cleaning and packaging operation in, California, US for an undisclosed sum. Based in Yuba City, California – where it operates its US ancient grains facility – Andean Naturals is a leading importer and wholesaler of quinoa and a champion of the traditional quinoa growers of Bolivia’s Altiplan. Its quinoa refining facility is in La Paz, Bolivia.  Ardent Mills said that the acquisition is part of the company’s strategy of further investing…

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Ardent Mills appoints Angie Goldberg as its first Chief Growth Officer

USA – Ardent Mills, the premier flour-milling and ingredient company has named Angie Goldberg to the newly created position of Chief Growth Officer (CGO). Ardent Mills created the position to help the company focus on innovation, transformation and change to sustain meaningful value for customers, vendors and team members. As a key strategic addition to the leadership team, Ardent noted that Angie will be a driver of delivering consistent value to customers all part of the Organization’s plan for long-term, diverse and sustainable growth. “Angie brings deep knowledge of the…

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Ardent Mills signs 25-year sustainable energy deal with US Solar to cut costs

USA – Flour-milling and ingredient company, Ardent Mills has signed a 25-year energy agreement with US Solar to purchase 1.8 million kWh annually under a subscription plan. The deal, which supports US Solar’s Goodhue County, Minnesota solar gardens, is expected to reduce energy costs at its mill in Hastings, Minnesota. Jeff Zyskowski, vice-president of supply chain at Ardent Mills and the senior leadership team sponsor regarding sustainability said that the agreement strengthens the company’s ambitions of investing sustainably. “These projects are in line with our commitment to sustainable energy and…

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Ardent Mills acquires Oregon elevator to expand organic capabilities

USA – Ardent Mills has announced that it has acquired a grain elevator in Klamath Falls, Oregon, expanding its capabilities in organic and specialty grains in the market. The investment whose financial details were not disclosed, was made through The Annex by Ardent Mills, a business unit of Ardent Mills that is cultivating the future of specialty grains and plant-based ingredients. According to the company, the elevator which is located near its community mill in Stockton, California and mix plant in Arlington, Oregon, enhances the company’s ability to support growers…

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