Ardent Mills, a premier flour-milling company supported by 40 mills, three bakery mix facilities, and a specialty bakery, officially began operations recently. As announced in March 2013, Ardent Mills combines the operations of ConAgra Mills and Horizon Milling, a Cargill-CHS joint venture. Ardent Mills will operate as an independent joint venture of its three parent companies, ConAgra Foods, Cargill, and CHS.
Ardent Mills’ headquarters will be in the downtown Denver, Colo. area. The new company is expected to have a presence in the Denver area starting later this year.
Ardent Mills will tap the market knowledge, transportation logistics, consumer insights, wheat sourcing capabilities, food ingredients and culinary expertise currently available through its parent companies. It will also provide expanded opportunities for wheat growers and co-ops because its asset base will offer additional sourcing opportunities. In addition, Ardent Mills’ product innovation capabilities and other strengths will enable these wheat growers to further connect to the consumer marketplace.
“There is an excitement and energy among our employees to deliver quality ingredients rooted in sustainability, health, and wellness, and aligned with the latest food trends. Ardent Mills will be a trusted partner for our customers, and we will always challenge ourselves to provide the best to our consumers and communities through innovative and nutritious grain-based solutions,” said Bill Stoufer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Integration Officer, Ardent Mills.
In addition to its Denver-area headquarters, Ardent Mills operates satellite offices in Omaha, Neb., and Minneapolis, Minn. ConAgra Foods and Cargill each own a 44% stake in Ardent Mills, with CHS owning a 12% interest.