• Condensed by Lynda Kiernan-Stone

Star of the West Milling Expands into Organic with Acquisition

Star of the West Milling Co. has expanded its business into the organic sphere with the acquisition of a 60 percent stake in Michigan-based Everbest Organics. The decision to expand into organics was due to customer demand, according to Jim Howe, CEO of Star of the West.

With a processing facility in Munger, Everbest contracts with farmers from Michigan to California to grow soybeans and edible beans. The business also has a hand in corn and wheat, however, it does not process wheat.

Founded in 1870 in Frankenmuth, Star of the West Milling has grown over the years to include a flour and wheat division and an edible bean division that processes black, cranberry, dark red kidney, navy, pinto, small red, and non-GMO beans.

Expectations are that Star of the West will acquire the outstanding stake in Everbest Organics in the future.

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