MINNEAPOLIS — Miller Milling Co., the fourth largest wheat flour miller by capacity in the United States, has decided to enter the organic wheat flour market.
The company announced on March 4 that it has achieved an organic certification at its Fresno, Calif., facility and may soon add other locations.
“We are excited that Miller Milling Company, L.L.C. now has the ability and opportunity to serve our customers’ organic flour needs,” said Jeff Thomas, president and chief executive officer. “Through the launch of Miller’s Yosemite Organics flour product line, we will be able to meet customer demands for consistent, high quality organic wheat flours through leveraging our strategic mill locations and supply chain, building on Miller’s legacy of excellent product quality and customer service.
“We are committed to the growth and development of the Yosemite Organics product line across our California network and will expand our organic offerings elsewhere, pending customer needs and opportunities.”
Miller Milling Co. planned to launch its Yosemite Organics brand at the Natural Products Expo West on March 5 in Anaheim, Calif.
Through this product line, Miller Milling said it will have bread flour, bakers flour and tortilla flour available, as well as whole wheat flours in a high and low protein offering. It also will have organic semolina and durum flour available.
According to Sosland Publishing Company’s 2019 Grain & Milling Annual, Miller Milling’s daily milling production capacity is 106,000 cwts. It operates six wheat flour mills, two durum mills and one barley mill in the United States.
On March 1, Miller Milling’s parent company, Tokyo-based Nisshin Seifun Group Inc., announced an agreement to acquire Australia’s Allied Pinnacle from Pacific Equity Partners, a move that Nisshin said will make it the largest flour milling company in Oceania. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed, though media reports suggested the deal was valued at just under A$1 billion ($710.5 million).
Based in Rhodes, Australia, Allied Pinnacle is Australia’s largest end-to-end bakery ingredient supplier with a strong presence in flour, premixes and prepared bakery products.