Pipeline Foods breaks ground on North Dakota grain terminal

by Eric Schroeder
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Pipeline Foods, Bowbells, N.D.
Pipeline Foods L.L.C. has begun building a new grain terminal in Bowbells, N.D.
 

MINNEAPOLIS — Pipeline Foods L.L.C. has begun building a new grain terminal in Bowbells, N.D. The Bowbells project marks Pipeline Foods’ first greenfield project and is located adjacent to a BNSF main line railway to allow for efficient rail and truck transport, the company said.

The announcement that Pipeline Foods is building a grain terminal comes amid a flurry of activity for the Minneapolis-based organic and non-G.M.O. supplier. In recent months the company has acquired grain elevators in North Dakota and Saskatchewan, bought Malden, Mo.-based Malden Specialty Soy, and announced plans to open a regional office in St. Louis. The company also in late October joined Delta Institute and partners from various sectors in a three-year project to accelerate investment in regenerative agriculture practices.

Pipeline Foods has operations in more than 50 countries and regional headquarters in Winnipeg, Man., and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Eric Jackson, Pipeline Foods
Eric Jackson, c.e.o. of Pipeline Foods

“At Pipeline Foods, our vision is to build a more sustainable supply chain in agriculture,” said Eric Jackson, chief executive of Pipeline Foods. “This is the next step in our Northern Tier strategy. Our significant investments in North Dakota and Saskatchewan infrastructure are specifically designed to support organic farmers in the region. We provide primary collection and processing points for organic grain, oilseeds and pulses, and the capability to connect this grain supply with food companies and manufacturers across North America.”

Pipeline Foods said the Bowbells grain terminal will be fully automated, compliant with Food Safety Modernization Act regulations, and designed to receive, clean and blend organic crops to meet rigorous specifications and ensure transparency and traceability.

BSNF railway
Pipeline Foods' new grain terminal will be located adjacent to a BNSF main line railway to allow for efficient rail and truck transport.
 

“We’re excited Pipeline Foods is building a facility served by BNSF, and we look forward to helping meet the growing demand for organic foods in the United States,” said Sam Sexhus, group vice-president of agricultural products at BNSF. “BNSF and Pipeline Foods will provide agricultural producers with efficient, competitive service to multiple markets and provide a steady supply of organics to food manufacturers.”

Pipeline Foods said it is targeting $300 million to $500 million over the next three to five years to build out its sustainable supply chain. The company is actively buying all classes of organic grains, pulses and oilseeds. 
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