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innovation, and there are so many
organic options that we can all eat
organic for breakfast, lunch, dinner,
snacks and everything in between."
People are buying organic items
in more places, too. Nielsen, New
York, last September said premier
natural and fresh outlets account
for 26% of organic spend. Warehouse/club stores gained 0.8 of a
percentage point in two years to
represent 27% of all organic spend.
Supermarkets, mass merchandisers and discount grocery channels
make up a combined 25% share of
Organic acreage is on the rise, too.
Ardent Mills, Denver, in December of
2015 launched its 2019 Organic Initiative.
"Ardent Mills is on track to deliver on our 2019 Organic Initiative,
which was to help farmers double
the organic harvested wheat acres in
the U.S. by 2019," said Shrene White,
general manager of The Annex by
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Ardent Mills, which explores and
provides food companies and food
service operators with "next" grains
and unique plant-based ingredients.
"In the last two years we have grown
our organic milling and storage footprint to 11 locations across the U.S.,
Canada and Puerto Rico."
An Ardent Mills bakery and mix
plant in Oregon has been certified organic, as has a mix plant in Canada,
she said. The company is contracting
with farmers in almost every state
west of the Mississippi river to grow
"We expect F.Y. '19 to be another
year of growth for us at Ardent Mills
as we work to certify
new milling locations
on the East coast and
Ms. White added.
The Ardent Mills
organic mill network
supports both family
Ardent Mills is on track
to meet its 2019 Organic
Initiative goals. The effort
was launched in 2015
and aims to double the
acreage of U.S. organic
harvested wheat by 2019.
farms and organic flour customers,
said Patrick Hart, specialty grain
merchant for Ardent Mills.
"Our farmers have multiple delivery points closer to their farms, and
our flour customers can take advantage of local and regional sourcing
options, which helps lower shipping
costs," he said. "A number of our
pack centers are also organic certified so that we are now providing organic store brand flours in addition
to our Simply Milled branded line of
organic retail flour."
Ardent Mills offers organic options
for its full wheat portfolio, including
whole wheat, bread, premium bakers, pastry, durum, cracked
and Ultragrain, said Don
Trouba, senior director,
go-to-market for The Annex by Ardent Mills. The
company recently added
organic heirloom wheat
such as spelt and triticale.
Specialty grains and
mixes, including organic
options, were a focus in
the formation of Panhandle Milling, L.L.C.,
Dawn, Texas, in 2016. The
company offers organic
versions of bread flour,
tortilla and all-purpose
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