BLOOMINGTON, MINN. — Takuya Mitani has been named president and chief executive officer of Miller Milling Co. He succeeds Jeffrey Thomas, who is retiring.
Mr. Mitani joined Nisshin Seifun Group in 2006 from Cargill Japan and became Miller Milling’s director of finance from 2012 until 2017. His tenure spanned both Nisshin’s initial acquisition of Miller Milling’s Fresno, Calif., and Winchester, Va., flour mills in 2012, and its 2014 acquisition of four additional flour mills in connection with the formation of Ardent Mills.
“Mitani has consistently delivered results in a variety of challenging roles,” Miller Milling said. “We are confident that he is the proper leader to take Miller Milling’s business to the next stage.”
Miller Milling expressed appreciation for Mr. Thomas’ work as president and c.e.o. of the company, a role he took on in June 2017 after being promoted from vice-president of operations.
“We are grateful for Thomas’ many contributions to date,” Miller Milling said. “His efforts as c.e.o. have helped Miller Milling get to where it is today.”
Miller Milling was founded in Minneapolis in 1985 and began by providing durum semolina to large customers through regional destination mills. In 2012, Miller Milling became a part of the Nisshin Seifun Group of Japan. In 2014, Miller Milling acquired four milling operations in California, Texas and Minnesota.
According to Sosland Publishing Company’s 2019 Grain & Milling Annual, Miller Milling has daily wheat flour milling capacity of 106,000 cwts, total durum flour capacity of 18,500 cwts, and total mill grain storage capacity of 7,780,000 bus. The company’s 106,000 cwts of daily capacity makes it the fourth largest flour milling company in North America, behind Ardent Mills, ADM Milling Co. and Grain Craft.