July 28, 2014
by World Grain Staff
Ardent Mills was formed in 2014, combining the operations of ConAgra Mills and Horizon Milling, a Cargill-CHS joint venture. The company’s headquarters will be in Denver, Colorado, U.S., area. It is expected to have a presence in the Denver area starting later this year.
Its facilities include 40 flour mills, three bakery mix facilities and a specialty bakery, all located in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
Ardent Mills will operate as an independent joint venture of its three parent companies: Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.,-based ConAgra Foods; Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.-based Cargill; and St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.-based CHS. The company will maximize the combined assets, capabilities and experience of its parent companies to bring innovative flour and grain products, services and solutions to the marketplace.
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.