Farmland Industries to launch bakery business

by Emily Wilson
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After what it described as a "successful bread test market," Farmland Industries Inc. announced its launch of United Bakeries International, L.L.C., to market a branded bread.

Farmland has purchased a stake in Gerard's Bakery L.L.C., Longmont, Colorado, U.S., from Mountain View Harvest Cooperative, a closed cooperative that purchased Gerard's in 1997. Gerard's specializes in baking and marketing fresh and frozen par-baked bread, rolls and sweet goods.

Ross Hansen, president of Mountain View Harvest Cooperative said he is excited about the partnership with United Bakeries.

"Combined, we have expertise in grain production, handling, processing, baking and distribution," Hansen said. "All parties involved will benefit from this relationship."