Posted on May 22, 2019 by Sustainable Food News

Major U.S. organic wheat flour supplier boosts organic grain processing

Ardent Mills says mill enhancement to meet demand from artisan baking, brewing and distilling, foodservice and retail food sectors

Ardent Mills LLC, the nation’s leading organic wheat flour producer, said Tuesday it will boost specialty grain cleaning and processing at its mill in the River North Art District (RiNo) of Denver, which will “directly support” the new The Annex by Ardent Mills division, which is focused on organic, specialty grains and plant-based ingredients.

Denver-based Ardent Mills produces a variety of organic wheat flours including all-purpose, cracked, bread, pastry, durum, and whole wheat as well as organic spelt.

The company said the investment in the Denver mill, which was certified organic by Oregon Tilth in 2016, will add capability to clean and pack intact organic and non-GMO grains, pearl barley and dehull heirloom grains like emmer, einkorn and spelt, and sell them nationwide in 25- and 50-pound bags and totes.

“The mill enhancement is in response to rapidly increasing customer demand in segments such as artisan baking, brewing and distilling, food service and retail foods,” the company said.

Ardent Mills maintains nine certified-organic mills, with eight certified by Oregon Tilth (Nebraska, Illinois, Utah, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, and two in Colorado) and another in Oregon certified by Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA).

Ardent launched The Annex in March 2018 to work with North American growers predominately to develop new uses and selling “what’s next” in whole grains, pulses, mixes, custom multigrain blends and finished breads. Its portfolio includes ancient and heirloom grains, organic, sprouted, pulses and barley.

“Our first year has been wrapped in innovation,” said Shrene White, director of The Annex. “We have listened to our customers, worked closely with our farmers and evaluated the future of the markets we can serve. Through the organic-certified mill, we are helping our customers bring these grains to life by serving as their source for dependable, food-safe, high-quality intact grains.”

VIDEO: The Annex by Ardent Mills

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