Flour-milling and ingredient company Ardent Mills used this year’s IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo to showcase a Mobile Innovation Center (MIC) and launch two new product lines: Ardent Mills Organic Flours and Grains and Ardent Mills Sprouted Flours and Grains.
One year ago at IFT, Ardent Mills had just formed as a new company born of two industry leaders (ConAgra Mills® and Horizon Milling®). The newly formed company hit the ground running in 2014. In part, it introduced the MIC, a state-of-the-art culinary center designed to bring creativity, hands-on education and interactive R&D support directly to customers.
This year found Ardent Mills back with the MIC and a series of brand new products.
Responding to the latest trend of food-conscious consumers who value local, ethical and pure foods, Ardent Mills demonstrated new ways to bring nourishing ingredients to the table. At IFT, Ardent Mills sampled applications such as a Toasted Crawfish Roll with 55% Sprouted White Spring Whole Wheat Flour and Wild Berry Mini Pies with 70% Organic Flour and 30% Organic 9-Grain Flour.
Ardent Mills also featured new developments to existing products, such as Ultragrain® Plus Protein—another innovation to the Ultragrain product line. The new offering complements Ultragrain High Performance, Ultragrain All-Purpose Flour Blend T-1 and Ultragrain All-Purpose Flour Blend T-2.
Food manufacturers and foodservice companies can play an important role in helping Americans meet dietary guidelines by incorporating whole grain nutrition into everyday products and menu items. Products like Ultragrain® make the switch easy by providing whole grain nutrition with the taste, texture and appearance of white flour that consumers love—and now in a variety of formats to meet any need.
IFT samples included a Roasted Pepper, Eggplant & Goat Cheese Pizza featuring 100% Ultragrain Plus Protein Flour and Korean BBQ Pork Tacos featuring 100% Ultragrain Plus Protein Flour.
To round out the Ardent Mills product portfolio of nourishing ingredients, Ardent Mills also showcased Ancient Grain Flours, Custom Grain & Seed Blends, Sustagrain® Ultra-High Fiber Barley and Eagle Mills® Gluten-Free All-Purpose Multigrain Flour Blend.
“It’s not just about health and wellness,” says Dan Dye, CEO of Ardent Mills, “it’s about offering consumers products that are both nutritious and delicious. Ardent Mills is nourishing what’s next with nutrient-rich, on-trend grain solutions that deliver superior performance and consumer appeal.”
About Ardent Mills
Ardent Mills is a premier flour-milling and ingredient company whose vision is to be the trusted partner in nurturing its customers, consumers and communities through innovative and nutritious grain-based solutions. Ardent Mills’ operations and services are supported by more than 40 flour mills and bakery-mix facilities, along with a specialty bakery and Mobile Innovation Center, all located in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. Deeply rooted in communities throughout North America, Ardent Mills is headquartered in Denver and employs more than 100 certified millers. To learn more about Ardent Mills, visit ardentmills.com.