Viobin wheat germ
Viobin produces defatted wheat germ and specialty oils.


DAWN, TEXAS — Panhandle Milling L.L.C. has acquired Viobin L.L.C., a Monticello, Ill., producer of defatted wheat germ and specialty oils.

With the acquisition, which closed on April 25, Viobin will operate as a PHM Brands company.

Established in 1936, Viobin specializes in nutritional extracts. The company said its wheat germ oil is widely used in cosmetic and hair products, nutrition bars, nutritional supplements for animals and as a supplement for humans. The company’s defatted wheat germ may be found in ready-to-eat cereals, snacks, granola bars and crackers.

Viobin said it makes 11 different “standard wheat germs.”

“We are excited to be adding the trusted name of Viobin to the PHM Brands family of companies,” said Peter Bisaccia, president and chief executive officer. “Viobin brings its 76-year history and commitment to nutrition, quality and health food and feed products. This acquisition positions PHM Brands to be a nationwide supplier in the rapidly growing specialty grain and oil markets.”

Based in Denver, PHM Brands L.L.C. is a group of companies that includes Panhandle Milling, New Mexico Milling, Specialty Grains, Specialty Blends, Specialty Feeds and Viobin.