Ardent Mills to Help Farmers Double U.S. Organic Wheat Acres by 2019

Anticipating ongoing strong Demand for Organic Grain-based Products, Ardent Mills Takes Bold Action

DENVER, Dec. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading the way to meet growing customer and consumer demand, Ardent Mills, the premier flour-milling and ingredient company, is announcing a new organic initiative committed to helping U.S. wheat growers double organic wheat acres by 2019.

"Ardent Mills' vision is to be the trusted partner in nurturing our customers, consumers and communities through innovative and nutritious grain-based solutions, and our new organic initiative demonstrates one of the many ways we're bringing that vision to life," says Ardent Mills Chief Executive Officer Dan Dye. "Today, there is growing demand from restaurants and food companies for organic wheat flour for use in fresh, packaged and menu recipes. This is a significant opportunity for growers to become a part of an emerging market and to create additional value for their crops on the path to organic certification. We have been providing organic flour since 1996 and feel we are well positioned to meet this bold challenge."

Ardent Mills VP of Risk Management Mike Miller says, "We're very excited to work with farmers as they transition to this growing market and to provide our customers with an assured supply in support of their new product and menu introductions. We know there is demand that will continue to increase well into the future. We've heard from farmers we work with, and we understand the barriers that they face when transitioning to organic. Ardent Mills is addressing these challenges with our Organic Initiative 2019."

"Based on our customer and consumer research, we see considerable demand for products produced with wheat from our program. We will provide a robust supply chain to meet the growing consumer demand for a variety of organic grain-based products," notes Ardent Mills VP of Sales Dean Grossmann.

As farmers join the Ardent Mills' organic initiative, they will have access to direct support services, workshops and long-term contracts for transitional and organic wheat bushels.

"Oregon Tilth is eager to share best practices and share knowledge among farmers working through the challenges of transition to organic agriculture. We believe that collaborative education – peer-to-peer learning, model sharing and capacity building – serves to support successful entry into organic farming, offering buyers and farmers a solid path to connect market opportunities with on-the-ground efforts to implement sustainable conservation practices on the farm," explains Sarah Brown, Oregon Tilth Education Director.

"Ardent Mills has been a great industry partner and we commend the company for reaching out to our growers to offer new incentives to meet a growing market segment," states Brett Blankenship, President of the National Association of Wheat Growers. "There is an opportunity for a premium, and the incentive gives farmers access to an additional market and a new income stream while meeting growing consumer demand for organic wheat flour and organic foods," he notes. "Ardent Mills is to be commended for developing an incentive-based approach that may be attractive to our growers."

Farmers interested in working with Ardent Mills on its Organic Initiative 2019 should contact Shrene White by  email at Organic.Initiative2019@ardentmills.com, or phone toll free 844-421-2068 or visit ardentmills.com/tcap

About Ardent Mills

Ardent Mills is a leading supplier of organic flour, certified since 1996. The premier flour-milling and ingredient company whose vision is to be the trusted partner in nurturing its customers, consumers and communities through innovative and nutritious grain-based solutions. Ardent Mills' operations and services are supported by more than 40 flour mills and bakery-mix facilities along with a specialty bakery and Mobile Innovation Center, all located in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Deeply rooted in communities throughout North America, Ardent Mills is headquartered in Denver, CO and employs more than 100 certified millers, supporting thousands of local jobs and contributing billions of dollars to local economies. To learn more about Ardent Mills, visit ardentmills.com.

About Oregon Tilth

A leading nonprofit certifier, educator and advocate for organic agriculture and products since 1974. Our mission to make the food system and agriculture biologically sound and socially equitable requires us to find practical ways to tackle big challenges. We advance this mission to balance the needs of people and planet through focus on core areas of certification, conservation, public health, policy and the marketplace. Visit http://tilth.org/.

About National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG)

Founded more than 60 years ago by producers who wanted to work together for the common good of the industry. Today, NAWG works with it 22 affiliated state associations and many coalition partners on diverse issues as federal farm policy, environmental regulation, the future of commercialization and uniting the wheat industry around common goals. More at wheatworld.org.

 

SOURCE Ardent Mills

For further information: MaryAnn Strombitski, 719-271-5295, maryann.strombitski@ardentmills.com, ArdentMills.com; or Kathy Hayden, 207-318-2926, kathy.hayden@ketchum.com, Ketchum.com, http://www.ardentmills.com


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