Company: Ardent Mills
Ingredient Snapshot: Ardent Mills has announced a new selection of specialty ingredients in a variety of convenient packaging sizes and formats designed for foodservice and bakery distributors. The expansion of its gluten-free, quinoa, chickpea, and spelt ingredient portfolio comes as a natural next step in Ardent Mills’ strategic growth plan to further invest in specialty ingredient capabilities and diversify its portfolio of solutions, building upon its existing wheat flour business.
“Ardent Mills takes a people-first approach in everything that we do, and we understand that foodservice and bakery operators are faced with exceptionally challenging times right now,” said Angie Goldberg, chief growth officer, Ardent Mills. “We designed this new line to help support our foodservice customers’ innovation and help them stay ahead in an ever-changing market. We’re excited to offer them profitable ingredient solutions that help meet consumer demand for plant-based and specialty ingredients.”
The product line expansion allows foodservice and bakery distributors to help their customers stay competitive and meet the growing demand for gluten-free, plant-based, specialty ingredients and supply chain transparency. The new resealable packaging and bag sizes are designed specifically to work in back-of-house operations which helps reduce food waste, provide a longer shelf-life, and protect against the elements and cross contamination within restaurants. The new products include:
Gluten-free flour blends
Gluten-free foods have surged in popularity as many consumers try to reduce the amount of gluten in their diets or seek out new food options without compromising on great flavor. To help meet this increasing demand, and provide an opportunity for chefs to create gluten-free menu items from scratch, Ardent Mills offers the following in 5-lb. stand-up resealable bags (case of six) and 25-lb. bags:
- Gluten-free 1-to-1 All Purpose Flour
- Gluten-free Pizza Flour
Quinoa has seen remarkable growth as a “super grain” during the last few decades. As more and more consumers discover its nutritional benefits and culinary versatility, consumption and demand will continue to rise. Ardent Mills offers quinoa seeds in the following in 4-lb. stand-up resealable bags (case of 5) and 25-lb. bags:
- Colorado White Quinoa
- Colorado Tricolor Quinoa
- Organic South American White Quinoa
- Organic South American Black Quinoa
- Organic South American Red Quinoa
- Organic South American Tricolor Quinoa
Increasingly, consumers are looking for foods that align with their personal health and lifestyle goals. Demand for plant-based foods continues to grow, while whole grain, fiber and protein remain popular claims. For foodservice and bakery distribution, Ardent Mills offers the following in 25-lb. and 50-lb. bags and totes:
- Chickpea Flour (Gluten-free)
- Organic Spelt Flour
- Organic Farro (Spelt) Berries
The new products are supported by the The Annex by Ardent Mills, a dedicated team committed to the future of specialty grains and plant-based ingredients.
"Today’s diners expect food choices that align with their individual diet preferences,” said Shrene White, general manager, The Annex by Ardent Mills. “These latest grain and ingredient offerings can be used in a nearly endless variety of applications, ultimately helping chefs and bakers delight their customers. We’re thrilled that we can now offer foodservice and bakery distributors a one-stop shop for all their flour and specialty ingredient needs.”
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