AB Mauri acquiring blending business
December 21, 2016
By Bakers Journal
St. Louis — In a move to boost the bakery mix side of its ingredient busienss, AB Mauri North America has reached an agreement to acquire the business and assets of Specialty Blending Co., a bread and sweet goods mix manufacturer located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a subsidiary of Flowers Foods, Inc.
Specialty Blending’s operation consists of a 44,000-square foot facility featuring multiple blending lines, including two for whole-grain bread concentrates and a third for sweet goods mixes used in items such as doughnuts and honey buns. Additionally, there is a specialty mill operation suited for ancient grains, organic grains and custom blends.
“The acquisition of Specialty Blending will further strengthen our North American bakery ingredients business representing a unique opportunity to combine the global technology strength of AB Mauri together with a high-quality and well-positioned ingredients blending operation,” said Mark Prendergast, president, AB Mauri North America, in a company release.
“Specialty Blending has supplied our bakeries with high-quality fresh bread mixes and ingredients since we acquired the business in 2009,” said Allen Shiver, president & CEO, Flowers Foods in the release.
The acquired facility joins AB Mauri’s other manufacturing sites located across North America including Fleischmann’s Yeast production plants in Calgary, Montreal and Memphis, and bakery ingredient plants in Greenville, Texas, and Wilsonville, Oregon.
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