Ardent Mills acquires Firebird Artisan Mills
By Bakers Journal
Ardent Mills announced its intention to acquire substantially all the business assets of Firebird Artisan Mills, a gluten-free, specialty grain and pulse milling company.
The move comes as part of Ardent Mills’ interest in emerging nutrition, building upon its existing wheat flour and plant-forward business. The parties are continuing with due diligence and expect the deal to close by end of 2021.
Firebird Artisan Mills has an expansive portfolio of gluten-free, organic and non-GMO products as well as a dedicated certified gluten-free facility located in Harvey, North Dakota. The planned acquisition will allow Ardent Mills to provide its customers with additional specialty ingredient solutions and the latest products, services and innovations in gluten-free milling and blending.
“Firebird Artisan Mills has been a collaborative and well-established partner of ours in the gluten-free and specialty ingredients space since the formation of Ardent Mills. They have proven again and again to go above and beyond for their customers,” said Dan Dye, CEO of Ardent Mills in a statement. “They also share similar values, and commitment to safety and innovation, which is why this expected acquisition makes so much sense. We’re looking forward to having the Firebird team join the Ardent Mills family.”
The intended acquisition will enhance customers’ access to gluten-free flours, mixes, blends and specialty grain products; provide additional supply chain assurance; and add additional capabilities to the Ardent Mills’ leading R&D, technical, food safety and quality assurance teams.
Upon closing, Ardent Mills aims to commit to the future of emerging nutrition.