Ardent Mills Completes Acquisition of Firebird Artisan Mills
Ardent Mills announced it has completed the acquisition of Firebird Artisan Mills located in Harvey, North Dakota. Over the coming months, Firebird’s brand and products will be integrated into Ardent Mills as it continues to grow its emerging nutrition pipeline. This acquisition marks the fourth for Ardent Mills since the beginning of 2019.
Originally part of Agspring, Firebird was established in 2014 with the acquisition of the assets of Dakota Prairie Organic Flour Co. The company specializes in the milling of gluten-free specialty grains and pulses, adding two production lines in 2017 becoming the “largest 100 percent dedicated, certified gluten-free and allergen-free flour mill in North America”.
Ardent Mills stated that this deal builds on its existing specialty ingredients and gluten-free solutions, adding that the company will be able to mill amaranth, tell, millet, sorghum, buckwheat, and quinoa - all non-GMO and gluten-free ingredients - at the Harvey location. Additionally, for plant-based food production, the Firebird mill will process peas, lentils, beans, and rice, to advance the company’s “plant-forward business”.